Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2 Events - Trolley Talk and Bus Tour

Thurs. Oct. 13 – Talk – The Story of the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway

Opening in 1896 to carry passengers and freight, the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway changed lives and businesses in the two towns until the coming of the automobile bankrupted the line in 1927. Shirley Pelletier will tell the story at the next meeting of the Colrain Historical Society on Thursday, October 13.
Image credit: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum screenshot.

Note the special location! The event will be held at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, 14 Depot Street in Shelburne Falls(*). The program begins at 7:30 p.m., following the annual business meeting at 7:00. From 6:30 to 7:30 attendees can ride the renovated No. 10 trolley. The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

(*) The SFTM has a GPS warning on their website and provides a link to correct directions. See

Sat. Oct. 15 – Trolley Bus Tour – Ride along the Route of the SF&C

The Colrain Historical Society will take passengers on a trolley bus ride along the route of the former Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway on Saturday, October 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The ride will begin at the Trolley Museum in Shelburne Falls, following the old line to Colrain and back, with commentary describing what riders would have seen 120 years ago.
Map credit: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Tickets to ride cost $10, which includes ice cream, recalling the time when Shelburne Falls residents took the trolley up to “Coleraine City” to enjoy ice cream at the Colrain Inn. There are seats for only 26, so early registration is advised. Call Belden Merims at 624-3453 to reserve seats. She must have your name, phone number and check or cash, no credit cards, no later than October 10.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Colrain, 1896: A Snapshot

“Colrain, 1896: A Snapshot” will be the topic of the next Colrain Historical Society program Thursday, September 8. With old photos, anecdotes and narrative, Belden Merims will describe life in the town before the coming of the Colrain-Shelburne Falls trolley that year. This program continues the series devoted to transportation in Colrain, from the earliest paths and roads to the trolley and how it changed Colrain.

Image source: A History of Colrain, Mass. by Lois McClellan Patrie. Illustration by Ursula Russell.

The event will be held in the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House at 8 Main Road in Colrain. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., following a business meeting at 7:00. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Belden at 624-3453.