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Historic trolley car to get $50,000 makeover at museum

Trolleys Were A Commuter Boon In Late 19th, Early 20th Centuries

EAST WINDSOR — The state is planning to spend $50,000 to restore a historic trolley car.

The money is being given to the Connecticut Trolley Museum as a grant from the state Department of Economic Development.

The museum says the car was built in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1922 and used until 1929 on a trolley line that ran from Torrington to Winsted. It was then moved to New Haven, where it operated until 1948.

The museum offered rides on the car at its own track in East Windsor until the 1980s.

Galen Semprebon, the museum’s board director and shop manager, tells the Journal Inquirer that work will include repairing the car’s steel frame, installing a new floor and roof, restoring interior woodwork, reconditioning electrical and air systems and overhauling the four motors.

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