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A stint as a guest motorman at Connecticut Trolley Museum

The author and motorman Roger Pierson with a Boston Elevated Railroad trolley.
The author and motorman Roger Pierson with a Boston Elevated Railroad trolley.Patricia Harris for the boston globe

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She’s really pretty,” says Roger Pierson, assistant chief motorman, as we board the orange and yellow Boston Elevated Railway No. 5645 trolley. He has specially selected it for my stint as a guest motorman at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Built by the Laconia Car Co. and put into service in Boston in 1924, the stand-alone electric trolley car was one of the last of its kind when it was retired in 1959 and moved to the museum’s 17-acre headquarters at Warehouse Point.

The museum, founded in 1940, draws on more than 70 pieces of equipment to explain how trolleys helped develop the suburbs, stimulate the growth of mill towns, and create amusement parks on the outskirts of urban areas.

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