Rails to the Light Side: Ghostly Happenings at a Trolley Museum, by Michael Brenner


The book opens with the “Final Ride,” a trolley funeral procession, for longtime Motorman Frank Carbone, and shortly after, the staff and volunteers of the Connecticut Trolley Museum are shaken by another loss, that of their beloved Right of Way Maintenance Superintendent, Bob Snyder, and his beloved part-wolf-dog, Trolley Three. But Chief Motorman John Erlanson slowly begins to realize he’s not as alone as he thought: area residents report ghostly sightings and John hears voices and receives messages from defunct accounts. The Museum staff have their hands full with a pending grant application from the State. It seems crazy at first, but John finds if he listens, and trusts his unseen benefactors, things just might work out, culminating in a truly otherworldly “Rides to the Dark Side,” the Museum’s annual Halloween event that draws a record number of visitors. John needs all his faith when a last, unexpected tragedy occurs before the big event.

The Author Bio mentions that Michael Brenner currently volunteers as a Motorman at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and the book is full of insider knowledge that will delight anyone who loves the long, fascinating history of trolleys in America.