Kennebunk Trolley History
Expanded version: History of Seashore Trolley Museum & History of Vehicle Collection
Founders acquired Car 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad, and brought it to Kennebunkport.
1940s The Collection Grows
Collection now included both New England country trolleys and city cars.
1950s World-class Collections & Public Operations
Collection now included significant national and international cars. Rides were offered to the public. Regular restoration work began.
1960s Now a Museum of Mass Transit
Buses and trackless trolleys are added. Carbarn construction began in earnest.
1970s Improved Visitor Experience
The main line was expanded. Restorations become more significant. The present Visitor Center was built.
1980s Growing Expertise
The shop now took on major restoration projects. There was a new focus on interpretation of the collection for the public. The Society became a resource to the transit industry.
1990s Expanded Public Programs
New special public events were offered. The Talbott Park loop was built. A library department was formed.
2000s New Outreach
The National Streetcar Museum at Lowell was established as a satellite operation. Seashore began promoting and guiding the reintroduction of streetcars nationwide. New educational programs and exhibits were developed.
2010s Strategic Management
Leaders focus on preserving, protecting, and presenting collections and buildings. In 2016, the Town House Restoration Shop was improved. Improvements at Fairview Carbarn began in 2017 with Phase 2 completed in late 2018.