Trolley Era reenactors riding the trolley Noon-4pm
These Hands-on demonstrations of Trolley Era activities that relate to industries served by the trolley line Noon-4pm:
Hands-on Cider pressing
Hands-on Butter making
Milk a 'Cow'
Why was Vinegar important?
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 (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 (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
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)
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:
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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