The Old Shell Trolley Club was formed to reestablish transportation between downtown Mobile and the Spring Hill area. Originally connected by a horse-drawn wagonette line in 1839, the lines on Old Shell road progressed over the years. In 1860, a steam locomotive serviced the line and used mules to assist the train up the hill. An electric trolley ran from 1892 until its final run in 1940. The trolley line was replaced by early buses and displaced by the increase in private automobiles.
Downtown Mobile has gone through many changes since the trolley line closed, but recent years have seen a renaissance in downtown business, residence and culture. New investments are expected to continue with the current and coming economic developments.
The dining and entertainment opportunities have created new need for transportation to lower Dauphin Street. Having a means of transportation will allow for patrons to safely take advantage of these entertainment opportunities.
The trolley will run from 6pm to 11pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday along Old Shell Road & Dauphin St. from Bit and Spur to Royal St.
Planned stops are at: Bit & Spur, McGregor, Ashland Place, and on Dauphin St. at Springhill Ave. (OK Bike Shop), Cathedral Square and Royal St. Routes will be adjusted for special events such as Mardi Gras. The trolley will also be available for rent to members outside these times.
The cost of an up-front membership is $35 per month or $420 per year per family (includes kids under 21). If you chose to pay monthly, there will be a recurring credit card charge of $38.50 a month for twelve months. Members are asked to commit for 12-month intervals.
To apply for membership please click on the “apply” tab.