The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will be celebrating “TROLLEYFEST” on Saturday, July 22 at the Trolley Museum in Shelburne Falls from 11am until 5pm.  

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This is the annual celebration of the restoration of Trolley No. 10, which was delivered to the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway Company in 1896. The Trolley, which is celebrating its 121st birthday this year, was built by the Wason Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Ma. and was considered as state-of-the-art at the time, having both lights and electric heaters. This Trolley, which served its namesake towns of Shelburne Falls and Colrain for 30 years until 1928, has never left this valley and spent 20 years of its life crossing the Deerfield River on the bridge now known throughout the world as the “Bridge Of Flowers”.

After the Trolley Company failed in 1928, Trolley No. 10 was saved by the Johnson family of Colrain. It served various uses over the next 65 years and was then donated to the museum in 1992. After a complete restoration, No. 10 was returned to operation on October 9, 1999 amid a gala festival to honor the trolley, its donor, and the many volunteers and professional people who helped to make an impossible dream a reality.

Visitors this year will be able to ride not only Trolley No. 10 and the pump car, both of which are available any time the museum is open, but will also be able to ride the caboose, which will be powered by a trackmobile, and also a Speeder, often referred to as a Motorcar or Putt-Putt. There will also be Velocipede demonstrations.

Wooden and electric trains will be available for the youngsters.  At 1:15, there will be a reading by the author of “The Little Yellow Trolley Car”. There will be music during the afternoon by the Whistlestop Players, and reenactments of trolley riders from 1910.

There will be hands-on demonstrations of Apple Cider Making and Butter Making and sampling of both.

Copper polishing and weaving on adult and child friendly looms will be available. Also, foundry demonstrations of poured aluminum using traditional sand casting techniques, and games from 1900. A large Railroad Paraphernalia tag sale will continue throughout the day along with the Trolleyfest Raffle. 

New this year will be the availability of old time sandwiches and pie, as well as Maple Products from Davenport Maple Farm.

 This is a partial list of activities with more to come.  Check out the website at for updates and event times.

The public is invited to share in the activities.  All-Day Adult passes are $4.00 and Youth passes are only $2.00 with children under 6 being admitted free.

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