Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 10
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offers its trolleys
parties, and more.
They're also easier to maintain than
a full-sized bus. Lamers, however,
warns that "There's a certain amount of
upkeep to them. They're different from
mini-coaches because of the 'look' of
trolleys. You have to stay after them-polishing their brass." He also cautions that
driving them is "a little different. I feel
that trolleys have more blind spots than
buses." His company's trolleys handle
weddings and a summer historic route for
the city of La Crosse, Wis.
"People like something with the old
nostalgia sometimes," Lamers says. "Some
of our trolleys have wooden bench seats.
Some have cushions."
All in all, trolleys can be a cushy sideline, whether their seats are padded or
not. These ABA members agree on one
thing: If you plan to get into this niche,
do your market research. Be sure there's
enough demand, and then you'll have the
streetcar business you desire.
-George M. Spencer
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