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Gallery 856: The Seashore Trolley Museum - 80th Anniversary Parade 6th July 2019

In the second gallery of a trip around the trolleys of the United States of America we head to The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine with photos coming from their 80th anniversary tram parade on 6th July 2019. Whilst the Seashore Trolley Museum is known for having four UK trams in their collection (Blackpool 144 (the only operational car), Liverpool 293, Leeds 526 and Glasgow 1274) the day's activities to celebrate the 80th anniversary were centred around cars from North America operating on the Butler Grove Lead track with a parade of trolleys taking place.

As a bit of history the museum can trace its history back to 12th March 1939 when an enthusiastís trip was run over the Biddeford and Saco Railroad using a closed car. At about the same time it was announced that the line was going to purchase a small fleet of motorbuses and replace the trolley cars. The enthusiasts took notice of this announcement and began to talk among themselves. The last trolley car would run on the Biddeford and Saco as of 5th July 1939.

Eight Massachusetts based rail enthusiasts inquired about acquiring one of the retired trolley cars. The cars were in the process of being sold to a scrapper for $120.00 each, but the management would sell a car to the enthusiasts for the same price. Open car number 31 was the vehicle selected by the enthusiasts, the money was quickly raised and eight railway enthusiasts found themselves to be the new owners of a full size twelve bench open car.

A piece of land in nearby Kennebunkport, Maine was available for lease; this parcel was located on Log Cabin Road and was adjacent to the abandoned right of way of the Atlantic Shore Line interurban line. Car 31 was moved to the site for storage. The New England Electric Railway Historical Society was incorporated during 1941 to provide a non-profit corporate parent for the nascent museum. From these beginnings the Seashore Trolley Museum was born. The land on Log Cabin Road would be purchased; the former Atlantic Shore Line right of way would also acquired. Track was laid, carbarns erected, a visitorís center built and more relics of the trolley age were transported to the site. Besides trolley cars the museum acquired rapid transit cars, electric trolley buses, motor buses, and even buildings from the Boston Elevated Railroad. Today there are over two hundred vehicles in the museumís collection with daily operation of several over the demonstration railway.

Photographer: Edward M. Koehler Jr.
Photographs taken on Saturday 6th July 2019


Seashore Trolley Museum entrance sign

Seashore Trolley Museum information sign

Ticket

Dallas Railway and Terminal Company 434

Before the Parade

Manchester Street Railway 38

Manchester Street Railway 38

Atlantic Shore Line Railway 100

Manchester Street Railways City of Manchester

Boston Elevated Railway 96

Dallas Railway and Terminal Company 434

Wheeling Traction Company 639

Connecticut Company 1160

Connecticut Company 838

Pump Car

Boston Elevated Railway 5106

Boston Elevated Railway 5106

Claremont Railway line car 4

Oshawa Railway 300

Boston Elevated Railway 5821

Montreal Tramways 2

Boston Elevated Railway 5821

Massachusetts Street Railway 4387

Cleveland Railways 1227

Twin Cities Rapid Transit 1267

Twin Cities Rapid Transit 1267

Toronto Transit Commission 2890

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority 0622

Twin Cities Rapid Transit 1267

Cleveland Railways 1227

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