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


Our Trolleyfest was held on October 9, 1999 to celebrate the restoration of our Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway Car #10. We knew we could celebrate the fine work of Joe Pagano, who had done much of the finish work on the car, helped by Mike Cole, Johm Greene, Chris Kilgour and others. We knew everyone would be pleased to see the beautiful exterior colors, as applied by Mike Cole, against the classic New England Fall foliage. We knew the car would roll on it's own trucks, courtesy of Bruce Thain, since we'd been pulling it out with a pickup truck for a few months. We knew we could put the trolley pole up on the wire, which was strung by Fred Perry on line poles donated by Massachestts Electric Company and set by Western Massachusetts Company and Bell Atlantic. We even knew we could have 600VDC on the wire delivered from the substation acquired and installed by Sam Bartlett.

But as Cathy Buntin and Tony Jewell were preparing the parade, and Peter Johnson was arranging a celebratory member's luncheon, two questions remained;
"Would it run?" and
"Would it run (and stop) well enough to carry passengers, would this be the Inaugural Trip day as well?"

For the full details, you should become a member and get the latest copy of the Transfer, our newsletter. As the car started to move the applause drowned out the hum of the motors and the crack of sparks on the rusty rail. We ran constantly from 2:10 until after 5:00, as visitors lined up on the ramp to wait their turn to ride a car that had last carried passengers in 1926. If you missed the actual event, see the Trolleyfest Images.


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