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Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Charity Profile
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, is a fun day for the entire family!
Come visit our operating museum, located near the Historic Bridge of Flowers, glacial potholes and village of Shelburne Falls. You can take a ride on Trolley No. 10 and our old fashioned pump car, browse historical photos from the time of trolleys in our Visitors Center, climb into our big red Caboose, and afterwards stroll amongst the artisan shops, galleries and restaurants in Shelburne Falls.
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is dedicated to preserving and operating Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway trolley car No. 10. This car was built by Wason Manufacturing Co. in Springfield MA in 1896. It was delivered new to Shelburne Falls and has never left the valley. For thirty years it served its namesake towns. For twenty years it crossed the Deerfield River on what is now the famous Bridge of Flowers. Saved by a local farmer, it spent sixty-five years as a chicken coop, tool shed and play house. Now, through the efforts of the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, you can ride it in the same freight yard where it used to load and unload passengers, apples, mail, milk and other freight, one hundred years ago.
We have a collection of railroad and trolley artifacts and pictures, as well as a 0-4-0T Baldwin steam locomotive, an ex-CV Caboose and several other pieces of rolling stock. Run wooden and electric model and toy trains in the Kids Corner. You can also often ride on our antique pump car. The museum is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, funded by memberships and donations, and is open to the public during regular hours and also for parties and field trips. We would also appreciate donations of railroad and trolley artifacts.
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Volunteer Information
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum invites you to join our team of volunteers in keeping over one hundred years of magic alive and moving forward. We welcome men and women of all ages and skills, we will provide training and guidance as needed. Youths under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or other adult unless other arrangements are made. The following are just a few of the opportunities for which we have immediate openings:
MOTORMAN, MOTORWOMAN, CONDUCTOR or PUMP CAR OPERATOR
If you ever had an interest in the "hands-on" operations of trolleys and railroads, here is the golden opportunity to operate our beautifully restored Car No. 10 on weekends and holidays. SFTM offers full training and accreditation programs for individuals interested in becoming a motorman, motorwoman, conductor or pump car operator. You must be at least 16 years old to be a motorman, motorwoman or conductor, and at least 12 years old to be a pump car operator.RESTORATION/SHOP WORK
As a member of our shop crew, you'll work with a project leader to restore and maintain our historic collection of steam and electric equipment, as well as our antique coach, freight cars and caboose. We also have an extensive museum campus of historical buildings in various stages of restoration, plus future plans for a new car barn.
With a lot of enthusiasm and a little training, you can help maintain our tracks and learn both old and new methods of track reconstruction. We have both scheduleded and unscheduled maintenance programs all year long. Past projects have included moving entire railroad tracks to more simple tasks such as inserting fresh ties and rail.
Greet our visitors and help in our Gift Shop with sales and general information on operating days. You'll always meet somebody new!
Someone needs to keep ahead of all this grass! Even if you can only come one afternoon for a few hours of string trimming, our guests will appreciate anything you can do.