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The National Streetcar Museum at Lowell Trip 6/25/2015



by Chris Guenzler



We drove into Lowell, took a wrong turn and got lost, but soon found the trolley tracks. We parked in a parking garage and walked back to the trolley stop at the west end of this railroad.





There is a canal located along most of the trolley run.

National Streetcar Museum at Lowell

The National Streetcar Museum at Lowell is a satellite exhibit of the Seashore Trolley Museum located in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, mixed in with the Lowell National Historical Park. The National Streetcar Museum presents a special exhibit to explore the history of urban rail transportation and how its rebirth is helping to revitalize American cities. The exhibit, contributed in a large part by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., presents the history of public transit in Lowell within the context of the broader story of American transit history.

In addition to the exhibit, rides are available on our fully restored New Orleans Public Service streetcar 966 in conjunction with the trolley service provided by the National Park Service. No. 966 operates weekends, May through October.

Lowell National Historical Parkline

Established in 1978, Lowell National Historical Park preserves the American Industrial Revolution in Lowell in a unique fashion. The park offers visitors an in-depth look into the textile industry that was the heart of the city with a working cotton mill exhibit, canal boat tours, and trolley rides to move you around the city.

The trolley rides are a free service provided by the National Park Service with replica streetcars based off ones once built by the J. G. Brill Company and operated by the Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Company, successor to the Bay State Street Railway Company. Built by the Gamaco Trolley Company, were the first accurate replica streetcars built in the United States.

Our Visit

We waited for the next trolley to arrive.









The Trolley stopped and I told the operator that I was writing a story and if I could ride up front with him and he said "Yes". I climbed in for another new piece of rail mileage. Now sit back, relax and take a trip on the National Streetcar Museum Trolley at Lowell.















I hope you enjoyed you eastbound trip on the Lowell Trolley. We will have five minutes while the crew changes the trolley poles.





The train display in Lowell.





Boston & Maine Railroad 0-6-0 410.





Boston & Maine Railroad Combine 1214.





Open Air Trolley 1602. Built by the Gamaco Trolley Company, were the first accurate replica streetcars built in the United States. I rode back with the crew on our return trip. So sit back, relax and enjoy the return trip on the LowellTrolley.







That was your westbound trip on the Lowell Trolley. While this ride was free, I would like to thank the National Streetcar Museum at Lowell for having us here today. Now let us watch some trolley action at the west end of the line.





New Orleans Public Service streetcar 966 came down the tracks from the west.







First we did a photo runby with the New Orleans Public Service streetcar 966.







Next we did a photo runby with the Open Air Trolley 1602.





Next another photo runby with the New Orleans Public Service streetcar 966.





One last shot on the way back to the rental car. We then drove to the Best Western Chelmsford Inn. We went out to eat at the Outback Steakhouse then Robin did the laundry and I wrote stories. Watched a little TV then called it a night.



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