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Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum 6/27/2015



by Chris Guenzler



After I got off the Vermonter, I drove us back to Interstate 91 then MA 2 to our very last stop on our trip to New England.

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is a small railroad museum in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, United States. The museum (SFTM) is dedicated to preserving and operating car number 10 of the former Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway. This is a combination passenger-baggage trolley car built by the Wason Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1896 and is the last known trolley car from the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway. In 1992, Marshall Johnson donated car number 10 (which his father had bought and saved when the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway shut down, decades earlier) to a small group of people who restored the car back to working order. The museum also has a small assortment of equipment that is not related to the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway, including an ex-Central Vermont caboose, a Central Vermont handcar, and other railroad and trolley equipment. The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is located in the old Buckland Freight yard.

Our Visit

We pulled up, parked and they were waiting for us. I excused myself to use the bathroom before I was ready to start.





The Shelburne Falls Freighthouse built in 1867.







The beautiful Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway combination passenger-baggage trolley car 10.





The new trolley barn they are building will also be used for restoration of equipment.







The inside of the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway combination passenger-baggage trolley car 10.





A picture of the car from when it was in a farmer's field. Now we will take a ride on this unique trolley.



The Trip

Sit back, relax and take a ride aboard the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Trolley Car 10.

















You have now travelled with me the whole length of this unique trolley ride at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. We will now ride back before starting to take the pictures.





Have you ever seen a box car like painted like that?





This person is going to get a handcar ride.





MBTA PCC car 3321 by Pullman Standard in Worcester in 1951.







A hand car photo runby at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.





Maine Central Coach 901 then MoW Coach Bangor & Aroostook Railroad 230.





MBTA PCC car 3399 by Pullman Standard in Worcester in 1951. This one will used used as a part source for the other PCC car here.





Putting away the hand car.





Car 10 is now in the Car Barn until next weekend.





Central Vermont wooden caboose 4015 built in 1910. Now let us look inside the museum building.









The inside of the building has plenty of things to see and do.





They showed me a brass model of their Car 10. I bought a T-shirt before thanking our hosts. A special thank you to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum for having us here today.

Before we left for Albany, there were two more things to see in Shelburne Falls.





First the Bridge of Flowers which once carried the trolley over the river here in Shelburne Falls.









The last thing to do was to take pictures of Shelburne Falls. We continued west on MA Highway 2 which turned into NY Highway 2, which we took to NY Highway 7 to Interstate 97 south to Albany and the Econo Lodge Center Motel. We put our luggage in the room after checking in, then drove back to the Albany Airport to return our great rental car. It was easier to turn it in than it was to get it in the first place. We taxied back to the motel for another short night.



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