Asheville’s White Trolleys will soon be red: Gray Line Asheville acquires Asheville Historic Trolley Tours

March 10, 2014

Howard and Deborah Helmken, owners of Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville, “The RED Trolleys,” announce the acquisition of Asheville Historic Trolley Tours, “The White Trolleys,” from owners Irven and Tom Stevenson. The transaction closed on Monday, February 17th.

The Helmken’s, together with son Jonathan, now the company’s General Manager, opened the business in 2007.  Prior to opening the company in Asheville, the Helmken’s owned Gray Line Savannah (GA), which they operated for over 25 years. The acquisition will increase Gray Line’s fleet from six trolleys to nine.

About Gray Line Asheville

Gray Line Asheville operates the familiar RED trolleys seen throughout the city. The historical trolley tour, which departs every 30 minutes in-season, provides locals and visitors with an informative and entertaining narration, as well as transportation with unlimited “hop-on/hop-off” at all stops.  The company also offers the “Haunted History & Murder Mystery Ghost Tour,” private group tours and charters for weddings and special events. Gray Line Asheville is proud to be the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence with a 5-Star customer rating.

Contact Information

Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville | P. O. Box 2115 | Asheville NC  28802-2115 | 828-251-8687

Howard Helmken,

Jonathan Helmken, General Manager,