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Loop Trolley eyeing cars from Seattle

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A model trolley car whizzes by in a window display at the Blueberry Hill Restaurant during a ceremony to announce that the St. Louis area received nearly $25 million in federal dollars for a new trolley system in University City, Mo. on July 9, 2011.

There usually isn't much of a market for old streetcars, many of which were built in the 1920s. And the ones you can find are usually in pretty bad shape.

So when officials from the Loop Trolley project got a tip that five well-maintained cars were sitting in storage in Seattle, they headed west to investigate - and liked what they saw, said project manager Doug Campion.

"The fact that it's a full fleet, my goodness," Campion said. "This could be very good for us, very helpful."

Campion says officials are running the numbers and aren't sure yet what kind of offer they'll make.

Getting the cars from Seattle to St. Louis won't be cheap. Campion says estimates range from $15,000 to $20,000 a car.

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