Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Pump Car
Pump Car Rides!

Saturday July 22, 2017
Caboose Rides!

Trolleyfest is our annual celebration of the restoration of Trolley No. 10. A special event this year will be the ribbon-cutting ceremony for our New Carbarn at 11am!

The public is invited from 11am to 5pm at our regular $4.00 All-Day Pass rate, members as always get to ride free!

At this point we are still in the planning stages, here are some of the things we did in 2016, rail-related rides and activities and hands-on activities from the Trolley-Era.

Besides the usual trolley car rides and pump car rides, activities include:

Check back for other activities.

Here are some activities and views from Trolleyfests of the past.  At Trolleyfest we have activities and demonstrations that relate to the history of the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway from 1896 to 1926. Note that not all of these activities are available every year.

Cider Pressing
Cider Pressing (Photo: J Bartlett)
A small-scale version of the W.W. Cary Cider Mill, which produced up to 500,000 gallons of cider vinegar in Foundry Village.  Vinegar, made from local apples, was an important preservative for pickling prior to refrigeration.

Machine Tools
Machine Tools (Photo: J. Bartlett)
Our friends from the Museum of our Industrial Heritage set up a screw making exhibit.  Machine tools and industrialization are intimately tied in to the history of Shelburne Falls and the trolley lines.

Butter Making
Butter Making (Photo J. Bartlett)
Dairy production was an important part of life in New England.  A H.P. Hood and Sons creamery was located in the Buckland Freight Yard, which processed milk from local farms for shipment to distant cities.

This CP speeder visited in 2004.  Also called motorcars, these were used for track inspection and maintenance, replacing pump cars. (Photo D. Goff)

1999 Trolleyfest Crew
And, of course, we always have trolley rides.  Here is Kinsley Goodrich, Marshall and Grace Johnson and Win Peck on the first day of operations.  Goodrich and Peck were the crew for the first run in 73 years.  The Johnsons owned the car from 1927 to 1991. (Photo: W. Brandt)

Some prior Trolleyfests had fabulous BBQ lunches.  In 2004 the weather was fine for an outdoor meal.  In the background is our 1910 Central Vermont caboose, which was providing rides, powered by our trackmobile. (Photo J. Bartlett)

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