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The trolleys that ran through Stoneham were run by the Boston Elevated and the Eastern Mass Street Railway. The merge point was just south of what is today the South Street, North Border Road and Main Street intersection. Near the swimming pool and across from Straw Point on Spot Pond.

Unfortunately, there is no room for trolleys and buses at a local historical society so the best way to "catch" one is to visit the New England Electric Railway Historical Society/Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine. The museum has been around since 1939 and has several trolleys and buses that once served the town of Stoneham. The most unique item is Eastern Mass Street Railway trolley car no. 4387. This car was built in 1918 and served Stoneham till 1946 when trolleys stop running. The museum also has passenger car 7005, snow sweeper P-601, three Eastern Mass buses, one built in 1934. Also on exhibit is a line car (work car) and a line truck (model A). Stoneham & Quincy were the two most important city/town for the Eastern Mass since they ran trolleys the longest there.

For more information about trolleys in the New England region, and the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine, contact:

Douglas Carrier, Jr.

mandb41@yahoo.com

 

 

No. 4387 circa 1946

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Stoneham trolley emerging from the woods near the Sheepfold.

 

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The Stoneham trolley crossing a bridge in the Middlesex Fells.

 

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The trolley joining Main Street near South Street/North Border Road.

 

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No. 5734, former Boston streetcar, is typical of thousands that used to run in many American cities. Built by J. G. Brill Co. in 1924, the car is familiar to Bostonians as a Type 5, semi-convertible.

Source: Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine, postcard, June, 1961.