Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
Visit our operating museum, located near the Historic Bridge of Flowers and the "glacial" potholes in the village of Shelburne Falls. You can take a ride on Trolley No. 10 and our old fashioned pump car (not suitable for small children). In our Visitors Center you can play with wooden and electric trains (suitable for children of all ages), browse historical photos from the time of trolleys and purchase trolley and railroad related items in our TrolleyShop gift shop. Outside you can climb into our big red Caboose, and afterwards stroll among the artisan shops, galleries and restaurants in Shelburne Falls.
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is dedicated to preserving and operating Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway trolley car No. 10. This car was built by Wason Manufacturing Co. in Springfield MA in 1896. It was delivered new to Shelburne Falls and has never left the valley. For thirty years it served its namesake towns. For twenty years it crossed the Deerfield River on what is now the famous Bridge of Flowers. Saved by a local farmer, it spent sixty-five years as a chicken coop, tool shed and play house. Now, through the efforts of the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, you can ride it in the same freight yard where it used to load and unload passengers, apples, mail, milk and other freight, one hundred years ago.
We have a collection of railroad and trolley artifacts and pictures, as well as an ex-CV Caboose and several other pieces of rolling stock. Run wooden and electric model and toy trains in the Kids Corner. You can also often ride on our antique pump car (not suitable for small children). The museum is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, funded by memberships and donations, and is open to the public during regular hours and also for parties and field trips. We would also appreciate donations of railroad and trolley artifacts.
I took my granddaughters, age 5 and 7, to the Trolley Museum today. They had a blast. So did my poochie and I. We did it all - rode the trolley, climbed all over and inspected the caboose being restored , pumped the hand car, and the girls had a good ole time running the trains (or moving the Brio ones) as I looked at photos. Plus we all enjoyed the historical descriptions and anecdotes. Lilly, the almost-8-year-old, confessed to me as we were riding on the trolley and she'd just pulled the bell cord that she hadn't really wanted to come to the Trolley Museum. " I thought we'd just climb up some stairs and look and look at things and then climb some more stairs and look and look at more things - like we did at MOMA when Daddy took us to New York. I like this a lot more than MOMA. " So much for art.
The museum is closed for the winter, except for
We'll be at the Big E Railroad Show Jan 25 & 26.
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