The Vision

Lakewood Trolley plans to bring vintage trolley service to the West End of Charlotte, through the neighborhoods of Third Ward, Wesley Heights, Seversville and Smallwood. The organization is partnering with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Rail Division and West End neighborhoods to do the following:

  • Develop and operate a vintage trolley service along the former Piedmont & Northern Railway and original Lakewood streetcar line, 
  • Recreate an authentically Charlotte turn-of-the-century amenity that educates our citizens, adults and children alike, about the West End's rich heritage, 
  • Promote further connectivity and enhancement of the Stewart Creek and Irwin Creek Greenways and the series of adjacent neighborhoods, parks and green spaces along them, and
  • Encourage appropriate and responsible neighborhood development, including renovation of the old Savona Mill as a tourist destination.
Charlotte's last original streetcar No. 85, gliding through South End in 2002. The car is owned by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and has been committed to Lakewood Trolley for its use along the former P&N Railway line near uptown. 

Charlotte's last original streetcar No. 85, gliding through South End in 2002. The car is owned by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and has been committed to Lakewood Trolley for its use along the former P&N Railway line near uptown.