2017-10-28 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Volunteers restore pedestrian path at Seashore Trolley Museum

Executive Editor

KENNEBUNKPORT —  No act of kindness ever goes unrewarded and numerous volunteers for the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport have to feel pretty good about what they've been able to accomplish.

According to Sally Bates, Seashore Trolley Museum executive director, the pedestrian path at the museum has been restored courtesy of the efforts of countless volunteers who worked on the project from May until it wrapped up last week.

"Over the course of several decades, the pedestrian path in the middle of Seashore Trolley Museum’s campus had lost its definition," Bates said. "Now, the path and the visitor experience are better than ever thanks to businesses, high school programs, and museum volunteers."

She said that the path’s restoration plan was developed last fall by Kennebunk High School’s Alternative Education Program Faculty member Edward Sharood, in collaboration with Seashore Trolley Museum.

"Deering Lumber donated heavy posts to mark the pathway, which were installed in May, 2017, by Seashore volunteers with the assistance of Thornton Academy students," Bates said.

During the months of September and October, The Hissong Group donated excavation services for a restored walkway and the compactable materials that were spread by Kennebunk High’s Alternative Education Program students and faculty, Bates said.

"This is just the latest improvement project at Seashore Trolley in which Thornton Academy and Kennebunk High School have played major roles," she said. "We appreciate the dedicated staff and faculty from both schools who bring students here and supervise their activities."

Bates said the museum also is grateful to Deering Lumber and The Hissong Group for their generous in-kind donations, and for the unselfish efforts of museum members and volunteers.

Established in 1939, the Seashore Trolley Museum is the operating entity of New England Electric Railway Historical Society and is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway and public transit museum.

Visitors to the museum tour can view carbarns full of passenger streetcars, work cars, inter-urbans and freight equipment. It has more than 250 transit vehicles in its collection, most of them trolleys, from all over the United States, Canada, and many other countries.

The mission of the New England Electric Railway Historical Society is to share connections between the past and present by collecting, restoring, operating, and exhibiting significant public transit vehicles and artifacts for the knowledge, context, and resources for future generations.

This fall, the Seashore Trolley Museum is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October and then will be open the first two weekends of December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The museum is located at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport.

For more information, visit trolleymuseum.org or call 967-2800.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at editor@journaltribune.com.


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