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Open House for Petaluma Trolley Living History Railway Museum
I just rode the only operating railroad in Marin or Sonoma. No, it's not SMART or the soon-to-reopen North Bay freight railroad. Built with zero taxpayer dollars and all-volunteer labor, the Petaluma Trolley is an example of the can-do spirit that's essential to thriving communities.
The line is only about 100 yards long, but its opening is still quite an accomplishment. It will never be a serious transit operation. Rather the trolley is an effort to memorialize town history while stimulating the revival of the downtown business district.
Petaluma Trolley's backers are essentially into community building. Their first step created the museum that's just opened on selected weekends. It's a block from the wonderfully restored Petaluma train station that's now the city's arts center. The trolley group's second step is restoration of the historic wharf trestle in downtown Petaluma, where river boats once connected with electric trains. Once that's accomplished, the plan is to extend the trolley to Petaluma's outlet mall.
Novato civic leaders might productively check out examples of how they can utilize their now-dilapidated train station and create excitement in Old Town.
Columnist Dick Spotswood of Mill Valley shares his views on local politics every Sunday in the IJ. His e-mail address is email@example.com. Read his musings at http://blogs.marinij.com/spotswood
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