Vidalia buys Natchez trolley

Published 1:20 am Saturday, October 13, 2007

VIDALIA — Citizens may think their eyes are playing tricks on them when they see the old Natchez trolley rolling through Vidalia, but there is nothing wrong with their sight — it’s now the Vidalia trolley.

The City of Natchez recently sold the trolley to the City of Vidalia, and Vidalia received the trolley Oct. 11, shop supervisor for the City of Vidalia Steve Stallings said.

Vidalia officials approached Natchez officials about buying the trolley — out of use for approximately three years — not long ago, and Natchez officials agreed to the sale after checking the legalities, Natchez City Clerk Donnie Holloway said.

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“We checked with the state auditor’s office to make sure we could do it,” he said. “We sold it to Vidalia for $100.”

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said the sale of the trolley is a sign of collaboration between the river cities.

“It’s a good show of cooperation in the Miss-Lou,” he said. “We all live here together, and we’re all working together.”

The trolley will not immediately be up and running in Vidalia because it needs some work done, Stallings said.

“We have got a lot of work to do on it,” he said. “We need to address the engine and go through all the wiring.”

Once the interior work is finished the city will repaint the trolley, which will run up and down the Vidalia Riverfront.

Stallings estimated the repairs will cost about $20,000.

Natchez initially stopped using the Vidalia trolley because of what repairs would cost, but the city will soon have a new trolley up and running, Holloway said.

“We are having all of the woodwork finished and getting it a new paint job,” he said. “It should be coming online within a couple of weeks.”