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Railway donations tax-free

August 25, 2000

Railway donations tax-free



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Contributions to the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society, which is trying to preserve the history of the former trolley line, are now tax-deductible, group President Alex Postpischil said Friday.

Postpischil, who started the group with two other trolley model makers in July 1999, said the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued an advance ruling for the nonprofit group earlier this week.

"The biggest thing is that anyone who donates anything - money, artifacts - it can be deducted from their taxes," Postpischil said.

Postpischil had expected the IRS ruling to take months.

The group has no fund-raising goal, but Postpischil said it will probably try to raise $2,000 to $5,000 in each of the first few years of its effort.

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He said the group would like to open a trolley museum within 10 years.

The group is working with the Myersville Lions Club to support and sponsor the Myersville Trolley Festival. This year's festival will be Oct. 21-22.

Postpischil said the society is also putting together a calendar to be sold to raise funds for its effort.

For more than 50 years trolleys ran through Washington and Frederick counties. Trolleys stopped making regular runs in Hagerstown in 1947, and in Frederick 10 years later.

More information on the society can be found on the Internet at www.trolleywire.com.

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