A vivid picture of history, Astoria Riverfront Trolley "Old 300" offers a guided hour-long ride (round trip) along the waterfront of the Columbia River and Astoria Riverfront Walk through the oldest Oregon town. This is a signature trolley that was built by the American Car Company in 1913 for the San Antonio Traction Company in Texas. The streetcar continued its service in San Antonio until 1933 and later was acquired by San Antonio Museum Association.
"Old 300" was brought to Oregon in 1990 and for more than four years had been running between Portland and Lake Oswego on the Willamette Shore Line. At the end of 1998, the historical streetcar was delivered to Astoria. After restoration in June 1999, the Riverfront trolley service was open. To keep the values of this trolley service, periodic repairs of the streetcar and tracks is done by volunteers from the Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association with the financial assistance from the city government.
A 3-mile (4.8 km) Astoria Riverfront Trolley service uses former freight railroad tracks that run along the Columbia River bank. It has a capacity of carrying from 35,000 to 40,000 people annually. A fare for one boarding is $1 with an unlimited riding time. For $2 you can board during all day. The streetcar service route extends from Hamburg Ave (Uniontown) to 39th Street (East Mooring Basin Boat Ramp).
To ease passengers’ convenience, other assigned locations for stops and boarding has been put in place. At these locations, there are benches and shelters. Although, you can flag the trolley at any location along the route by waving one dollar bill.
A GPS navigation device has been installed making information regarding the streetcar's location available on the website.
Astoria Riverfront Trolley is a major tourist feature that captures attractive sites of the city. Enjoy the refurbished the Old 300 trolley as they move on the rail tracks along the Astoria's vintage waterfront. Catch some glimpses of pleasurable views of the architectural edifice, waterfront houses and constructions, ships and boats, and other things that town has to offer.
Along the waterfront and trolley tracks is Astoria Riverfront Walk, the route that extends for five miles from the Port to Tongue Point.
The ride service is operated daily from Memorial to Labor Day, Noon - 6 pm. While out of services, the trolley stays in a barn on the west end of the town.