Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Car No. 10 Car No. 10


2024 Car Barn Extension

Trolley Car No.10 is back ... On track!


car barn progress
Most recent progress: Winter 2024, the frame is up and some siding is on.

In 2016 we completed a steel 40'x60' two stall Car Barn. In 2018 we started planning and fund-raising for a 43 foot extension to the Car Barn. We were outgrowing our 2-stall Car Barn. With the impending arrival of several new-to-us trolley cars (see the MBTA Line Car and the "Berkshire Hills") we needed room for trolley car storage and restoration shop space.

Soon we expect to also be long-term host to an operating trolley with Massachusetts heritage. All of these trolleys deserve to have access to covered storage.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural Facilities Fund has granted us a $50,000 matching grant to help us pay for this extension. We have also received a generous bequest from the estate of Dave and Polly Bartlett. Grants from Amherst Railway Society and Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts have been supplemented by many smaller donations from individuals. We have raised 100% of our budget, but our budget assumes that our volunteers will do much of the labor. Anything we can raise beyond our budget means that we can hire professionals to help make the project move quicker. Funds left over after that will go toward buying lifts so that we can raise a complete trolley car up to easily and safely work underneath it.

Here are some pictures of the project:

car barn progress
Nov 2023 This is the east end of the existing 2016 Car Barn. We've removed a small shed and some trees to make room for the extension.
car barn progress
Nov 2023 - W.R. Hillman has excavated for the footings and the frost walls for the foundation.
car barn progress
Dec 2023 - Hillside Concrete has built the forms for the frost walls.
car barn progress
Dec 2023 - Hillside Concrete has completed the foundation, lucky the weather held.
car barn progress
Jan 2024 - The foundation has been backfilled.
Nash, Martin and Sam removed one of the Stall One doors to be used later.
Line Car 3283 gets a little sun on her face.

car barn progress
Jan 2024 - Both doors are off. The opening has been temporarily filled with scrap siding panels.
car barn progress
Jan 2024 - Gagne Mechanical has put up the columns with the Drott crane. Looks like Stonehenge.
car barn progress
Jan 2024 - Gagne Mechanical uses a telehandler to hang the trusses onto the columns.
car barn progress
Jan 2024 - Gagne Mechanical crew installs the first pieces of siding.
car barn progress
Jan 2024 - Gagne Mechanical has all the lower side siding installed.

We don't have an Annual Appeal. We hope you'll continue to be a Member of The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum and make your usual generous donations, and make an extra donation to help us extend our Car Barn. The DONATE button below makes it very easy!

Can you make a donation to our Car Barn fund?

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum exists due to the generosity of members, visitors and friends.  Tickets cover about one-third of our operating costs.  Donations are tax-deductible, the museum is a 501(c)(3) organization, run entirely by volunteers. Our Tax ID is 04-3133373. Feel free to research our operation at Guidestar.org.

To make a financial donation, please send a check to:

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
PO BOX 272
14 Depot Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

If you wish you may designate your donation for a specific SFTM project in the memo line of your check:
General Fund, Car Barn, "Berkshire Hills", PCC Cars, Coach, Box Car, Line Car, Caboose, Flat Car or Volunteer Appreciation. The General Fund is available for us to use to cover our costs of operation (insurance, electricity, etc.) or, if we have enough, we can transfer it to one of the other project funds.

Or you can Donate Online!

After you click the "Donate" button below you may designate your donation for a specific SFTM project:
General Fund, Car Barn, "Berkshire Hills", PCC Cars, Coach, Box Car, Line Car, Caboose, Flat Car or Volunteer Appreciation.
The General Fund is available for us to use to cover our costs of operation (insurance, electricity, etc.) or, if we have enough, we can transfer it to one of the other project funds.


This is for Donations only. To Join or Renew your membership, go to the Membership Page.

Check back here for updates as we continue this important project!


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