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Sunday: 1PM - 5PM

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Meet The Trolley Cats

 

(All of our Trolley Cats have been spayed/neutered, kept up-to-date on shots and are tagged)

 

Katy

Katy was the first "trolley cat" to make her home at the Fort Smith Trolley Museum.  She was a beautiful stray calico who showed up at the car barn in December of 1997 and quickly won the heart Trolley Cats - Katyof museum founder Art Martin (who already had two cats at home) with her affectionate ways.  After much debate, she was named "Katy" in honor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Company (MKT), which used the name "Katy" in its logo.  This began a tradition of giving all the feline residents rail-related monikers.

Katy was very outgoing and loving, and made sure that every visitor to the museum was offered a chance to pet her.  Children delighted in her presence there, a feeling which was no doubt mutual.  Whenever a school group came for a tour, Katy would be found in the midst of them, meowing and purring.  Because of Katy's popularity, the museum began selling coloring books and other souvenirs adorned with her name and likeness, making her the museum's official mascot.

Sadly, Katy disappeared in 2002. After two weeks, a passer-by found her collar in a ditch with the buckle mashed flat, and turned it in to the museum.  Since there was no sign of Katy, we assume that someone must have taken her.

 

 

Frisco

Trolley Cats - FriscoFrisco, a dark gray tabby, arrived at the car barn a few months before Katy vanished. The two cats took to each other before museum volunteers even noticed he was around, and he was soon part of the trolley "family." He was the first male cat at the museum.

Trolley Cats - Frisco It's easy to see that Frisco was named after Frisco Freight Systems, whose memorable motto was "Ship it on the Frisco!" The company's namesake, however, does limited travelling and even less toting. Frisco spent most of his time hanging out in the office with Casey but would make appearances for visitors at the museum, especially children. Unfortunately Frisco unexpectedly passed away in September, 2011.  He is still missed to this day by everyone.

 

KCS "Casey"

A calico like Katy, Casey had the good fortune to be brought to the Fort Smith Trolley Museum from elsewhere, by choosing just the right house at which to solicit food. Dr. Martin's daughter Nancy had been leaving food out for the stray at her home south of Fort Smith, but decided she couldn't add Trolley Cats - Caseyanother cat to the household, and asked her father to take it. This was shortly after Katy had vanished, and Dr. Martin thought Frisco might like a replacement companion.

She was officially named KCS for the Kansas City Southern Railway, but is called Casey (like the famous engineer!) for "short." She enjoys spending most of her time in the office upstairs at the car barn, which admittedly has the most comfortable seats. Casey is an "senior" cat in terms of age and while she does like to be petted it should be with a light touch or else she might scratch if petted too rough.

 

Smokey

Trolley Cats - SmokeySmoky arrived at the museum in December of 2003 and took up residence in the Frisco steam locomotive #4003.  Dr. Martin tried to give her a home inside the car barn, but she would scramble madly for an exit each time she was brought in!  Smoky likes to keep lookout from her favorite spot high on the engine, choosing to come down only after she feels safe with her prospective visitor.  She was named Smoky for her dark gray coloring, and for her 199-ton iron home.

in May 2004, Smoky gave birth to four kittens and started coming in the building a lot more, for food and "to get away from the kids," as one volunteer put it.  After all her kittens were found good homes she was spayed.

 

Chessie

Chessie, named for the Chesapeake Railroad which was fondly known by that name, dropped in during the spring of 2004, slipping in for food for a while before making friends with the boss and deciding it was a good place to stay. She's one of the most approachable of the residents.

 

 

 

 

 

Uncle Pete

May 2010 saw another new arrival. The fact that he's a 'big boy' brought to mind the Union Pacific railroad (which ran Big Boy locomotives, the largest articulated ones ever built), so he was named Uncle Pete, which was the UP's nickname. He was very thin when he first appeared at the museum and his head looked huge. After he'd been cleaned up and treated for fleas and worms, he started to gain weight. When he came to be neutered he weighed 12½ pounds,  but now tips the scales at about 20 pounds! Bradley Martin says, 'He is one of the sweetest cats I know. He will stretch and then roll over to be petted. Even if not petted, he will start purring with a purr that can be heard 10 feet away.'

 

Daylight

Daylight is our resident ginger female — which is unusual — and made herself at home, first in the carbarn and then she moved into the library. Unofficially called Sunshine, she was later given the name Daylight, after a Southern Pacific train called the 'Daylight Special'. Said to be a feisty cat who 'likes to play rough', she has the dstinguishing mark of a curl in her tail. 

  

 

 

Belle

Shortly after Frisco passed away we had a new arrival, a tabby kitten. She was named Belle — the Kansas City Southern Railroad used to have a passenger train called the 'Southern Belle', often referred to simply as the 'Belle'. Unfortunately Belle seems to have been a bit of a wanderer, and after going missing for a few days late in 2013, she disappeared again in February 2014 and sadly was later found dead.

 

Narrow Gauge

In mid-2014 yet another feline appeared, probably heard there was a vacancy. The very handsome grey tabby now called Narrow Gauge was at the museum for 3 or 4 weeks before he let anyone get a good look at him. But he's quite friendly now and 'gets along with the other cats as well as can be expected'.  He has a very distinct loud meow and is no stranger to getting a head scratch from visitors.  We are tempted to start calling him "Wide" Gauge on the account of how big he has gotten lately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midnight

Towards the end of 2015, we started noticing a black cat on the property.  It was several weeks before he would let anybody approach him, but has since become a member of the museum as a Trolley Cat.  Due to being a solid black cat he was named Midnight after The Midnight Special passenger train formerly operated by the Chicago and Alton Railroad which use to run between Chicago and St. Louis using one of the last scheduled Pullman sleeper cars.  Although a little shy, Midnight is warming up to visitors.  He can mainly be seen in the Streetcar Barn but does like to visit other parts of the property.  And yes he is a little bit cross-eyed. 

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