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Babylon brings back popular trolley ride

A modern-day trolley (actually a small passenger bus)

A modern-day trolley (actually a small passenger bus) gets ready to leave Old Town Hall in Babylon for a historical tour. (Sept. 25, 2011) Photo Credit: Colleen Harrington

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the electric trolley line that once ran from Amityville to Babylon, the Town of Babylon resurrected the route last year, taking people on historic tours across four villages.

The tour was so popular that the Town of Babylon’s Office of Historic Services is bringing it back.

On Oct. 16, the trolleys will make five runs throughout the day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each trolley can accommodate about 30 people.

“The tour was such a success last year. We had a lot of people that came to us that couldn’t get on the tour,” said Mary Cascone, historical archivist for the town.

The tours begin at the Town History Museum, located in Old Town Hall on West Main Street, and travel south to the Amityville railroad station, where the original trolley line started.

From there, the tour follows the trolley’s route through the villages of Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst and Babylon, and ends back at the museum. The ride takes about an hour.

Cascone said the trolleys -- which are actually small passenger buses made to look like electric trolleys -- make frequent stops along the line where historians point out notable places and describe what the area was like when the Babylon Railroad Co. operated the trolleys from 1910 to 1920.

“At that point, automobiles became more popular, and that basically ran the trolleys out of business,” Cascone said.

The tours will leave from the museum at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. They cost $12 for adults and $9 for children and seniors.

Tickets will also be sold on the day of the rides, according to space.

Reservations are required. They can be made through Friday by calling the Town of Babylon Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 631-893-2100 or the historian’s office at 631-587-3750.

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