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May is National Preservation Month

May 4, 2015


May is National Historic Preservation Month.  The Shore Line Trolley Museum, along with the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, celebrates National Preservation Month in May, 2015, and all season long.

Preservation is the backbone of sustainable communities. It enhances the sense of community, energizes local economies, and renews existing resources.

We invite you to come for a trolley tour this month. When you do, consider the hard work of our maintenance staff and volunteers who carefully research and restore our antique trolley equipment. Inspect and be inspired by the first-class workmanship and materials which go into each one of our authentic trolley restoration projects.

Union Street Railway 302 is just one such example. Built in 1907, the car trundled for years on a mail and express run between Providence, RI and New Bedford, Mass., and it is now one of just a small handful of preserved trolley Railway Post Office mail cars in existence. The car was added to our collection in the early years of the museum, but has never received a comprehensive restoration. The first photo shows a rare run of 302 in the 1984, looking worse for wear but overall still intact.

302 @ sprague 1984

In 2007, an organized restoration effort got underway to restore the car to help interpret this largely-unknown story of the trolley era. The second photo shows 302 in late April 2015, with the restoration essentially complete. Thanks go to the generous donors and volunteers, and to the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, as the car was the recipient of their 2014 H. Albert Webb railroad preservation award which overhauled the traction motors after hurricane flood damage!


Learn more about National Preservation Month.

The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays in May from 10:00am-4:30pm, and daily beginning Memorial Day. Preservation matters! Learn more about our trolley tours.