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Field Guide to Trolley Cars

By Amber Tatnall
Images from the Seashore Trolley Museum

Between 1895 and 1940, trolley cars ran up and down the streets of our towns and cities in Maine. Most of us are familiar with the open trolley car from TV shows such as Mr. Rogers, but we may not know that there were many other different kinds of trolley cars in use.

Some of the cars were passenger cars, some were freight cars, and others were utility cars. This field guide will show you the various types of trolley cars that were once common sights in our home towns.