The Cohasset Express was unveiled last week at the Mill Creek MetroPark Farm in Canfield. The new vehicle will be offering the ability for tours in the park as well as rentals for special occasions.
The trolley came about last year according to MetroPark Executive Director Dennis Miller.
''Last year, one of the farm's touring wagons was moved to Fellows Riverside Gardens for the board members to take a tour of the park,'' he said. ''We thought it would be a great idea to open tours up to the general public. The following week we found the trolley at a local car lot and we made it happen.''
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Graphics artist Guy Shively of Austintown stands by the new Mill Creek MetroParks trolley bus that he detailed in time for last week's unveiling.
The trolley was located at Haas Auto Group on U.S. 224 in Canfield Township. It was a 1987 model and was red with a Saxonburgh, Pa., logo on it. A deal was made and the MetroParks took ownership.
MetroPark Planning Manager Justin Rogers said the next step was to get it painted. The decision was made to paint it white so as to better showcase the detailed wood trim. The trolley was moved to R&J Trucking in Boardman where the new main paint color was accomplished.
Several other local companies helped with the final product, including graphic artist Guy Shively of Austintown. Shively was hired to do the 1920s style lettering and pin-striping.
''I don't do computer-generated graphics like everyone else,'' Shively said. ''I still do it the old fashioned way, by hand.''
For the lettering, Shively researched 100-year-old advertising to see what types of fonts were used. He found one that fit and hand lettered the vehicle with ''Cohasset Express.''
Miller said the park staff had held a brian-storming session and came up with the name, based on Lake Cohasset, which is the lake in the center of the main park. He said the park had just switched to a new logo and that was also added to the finished trolley.
The trolley was debuted in the St. Patrick's Day parade over the weekend and is now ready for service within the park. Rogers said it will open up a new area of opportunity for park visitors.
''We always look for opportunities to showcase the park,'' he said. ''What better way than in a historic trolley.''
Rogers said the trolley can be used for special tours and park programs. It can also be rented for special events like weddings, senior photos, prom, birthday parties, family reunions, and list goes on.
The park has already scheduled the first two tours in the trolley. On April 22 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Ford Nature Center will host ''Earth Day Breakfast, Birds and Blooms.'' The event will begin with bird watching, then will showcase the new trolley with a trip to various locations in the main park.
On April 24, the trolley is scheduled for one and one-half hour tours of the park that will also be leaving out of the Ford Nature Center.
''We started our trolley tours in April, but we will have many more throughout the summer,'' he said.