The train tour business started with one train #97. Bill drove the train and Olive sold the tickets from the sidewalk on Front Street. In the winter of 1959 they added #98, and #99 was brought on line in 1960.
On April 1st of 1959, Olive’s cousin, Mary Ann Causley, also from Michigan came down to Key West and joined the Conch Train as general manager.
Each year another train was built until there were 10 trains and the company was sold to Wometco of Miami, Florida in 1972. Historic Tours of America bought the Conch Tour Train from Wometco in 1983.
During the time that Mary Ann and the Krolls ran the train, they established it as one of the most beloved Key West tours and attractions. They set high standards for a quality product and community service. In the early 60’s Bill founded the Military Affairs committee which is active today in cementing good community relations with the Navy.
Almost 50 years later people in Key West still stop Mary Ann to tell her they rode her Key West tour.