The Seashore Trolley Museum
, located in Kennebunkport
, United States
, is the world's oldest and largest museum
of mass transit
While the main focus of the collection is trolley cars
(trams), it also includes rapid transit
trains, trolley buses
, and motor buses
The Seashore Trolley Museum is owned and operated by the New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS),Young, Andrew D. (1997). Veteran & Vintage Transit
, pp. 43–48. St. Louis: Archway Publishing. ISBN 0-9647279-2-7. a non-profit organization
The events that led to the formation of the museum started in 1939, when a group of railfans
learned that the Biddeford and Saco Railroad
was purchasing motor buses to replace its fleet of trolley cars. More and more trolley companies were doing this as the technology of buses had developed to the point that they were reliable and economical.
The railfans decided to find out if they could purchase a trolley to preserve it for posterity. The railroad was willing to sell them a car (#31, a 12 bench open trolley) for $150. However, it would have to be moved to another location due to local ordinances that prohibited retired trolleys from being used as houses, even though this was not the railfans' intention.
Theodore Santarelli was one of the founders and the true father of the museum. He graduated from Harvard University and led the museum until he died in... Read More