[Updated: March 14, 2017  |  Originally published: March 8, 2015.]


In Production

Now in production, The Trolley(working title) will propel audiences on an electrifying journey through great cities across the globe to tell the story of a remarkable invention and its impact on civilization. Over the course of several months (2013–2014), the production team for The Trolley has filmed in cities around the world, including Geneva, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Milan, Toronto and Hong Kong. The final film includes some 34 cities in 15 countries. Release of The Trolley in giant screen theaters is now scheduled for September 2017.


Born in the 19th century workshop of young American inventor Frank Sprague, the first electric trolley was embraced as a miracle of the electric age—a device that would re-invent civilization. And it did. Created expressly for giant IMAX® screens The Trolley propels audiences on a kinetic, electrifying and music-charged journey through great cities across the globe, revealing the trolley’s own roller coaster ride: from humble birth to explosive, world-transforming success, to near obliteration in the automobile age, to its technological renaissance in the 21st century. From the trolley’s kinetic vantage, we witness a century and-a-half of explosive change and discover the hidden magic of the trolley itself.

About the Project

Geared for giant screen exhibition in museums and science and technology centers globally, The Trolley addresses the history and science behind public transit and the evolution of cities—focusing on the remarkable technology of electrified rail (trolleys, trams, light rail etc.) and its potential in a carbon-constrained world. The project is produced with support from Bombardier Transportation and the cooperation of participating cities and transit authorities.

Working title: The Trolley
Running time: approx. 45-min.
Director: Stephen Low
Producer: City of the Future Films Inc. / The Stephen Low Company
Distributor: Stephen Low Distribution Inc.