The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum located in Shelburne Falls, Ma.,  is recruiting volunteers to help with its trolley car operation as well as ticket sellers, painters, carpenters, and grounds maintenance.

Training Day will be held at the museum, located on Depot St in Shelburne Falls, just up the hill from the Bridge of Flowers, on Saturday, May 20th, starting at 10 am.  The Trolley Museum will provide hands-on and “classroom” training for all our trolley and pump car crew members.  The day is geared for requalifying returning crew members, but new volunteers should attend as well.  The program will cover safety issues, the proper operation on Trolley Car No. 10 and the pump car, and talk about passenger care and telling our guests about the history of No. 10. The trolley crew helps guests take a fifteen minute ride back in time on the historic trolley, which was restored in 1999, and had carried freight and passengers on the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Railway between Shelburne Falls and Colrain and crossed the Deerfield River on a concrete bridge now known as the “Bridge Of Flowers”.

According to Alden Dreyer, the Safety and Instruction Supervisor, as well as the Crew Dispatcher, “We need Motormen and Conductors on weekends of our operating season, Memorial Day weekend until the end of October.  Our day is split in half so you can be with us for 3.5 or 7 hours as you wish. The conductor is in charge of the car and responsible for passenger safety at all times.  The motorman runs the car in a safe and careful manner.  Conductors give a five minute talk at the end of the line on the history of trolley operations and must be prepared to answer various questions”. During the time that the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway operated (1896-1927), women were not considered suitable trolley car crew members, but according to Dreyer, “We have several women as motormen and they do very well”.

For more information, visit or call Sam Bartlett at 413-624-0192.  Lunch will be provided for everyone attending the training session, so if you plan to attend, please e-mail us at and put SFTM in the subject line with your name and a brief message introducing yourself and your interests.


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