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New trolley tour in Burlington

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There's a new ride in the Queen City transporting passengers back in time. Ric Crossman started Historical Trolley Tours of Burlington three weeks ago. He got the idea after riding on other trolley tours around the U.S.

"We're not doing anything like that around here and there's so much to offer, so we thought we'd try it and see if it'd work," Crossman said.

Crossman started researching Burlington's history and put together a 1.5 hour tour of 39 historical sites, four times a day, seven days a week.

"There's so much to learn about Burlington that even I never knew," Crossman said.

There's the historical, the haunted-- even stories about what is underneath the city.

For Canadian tourists David and Anne Burpee, the trolley tour was their first taste of Burlington.

"It's just a great way to get around the city when you're not used to it," David Burpee said.

The wheels need a driver, but the guide is all automated. Meet Wilbur-- a Vermont character with a local twang. He starts talking at specific GPS points, triggered through technology on an iPad. If you wondering why you hear Wilbur talking instead of a real person, it's because the city was concerned about people driving while giving a tour.

"I wasn't used to it having it narrated by an iPad," Burpee said.

Crossman bought the three trolleys from Tennessee. Rumor has it that Dolly Parton rode on one.

Business is sporadic. The trolley can hold 35 people; Crossman says the most on board was 17. He hopes word spreads. He plans to continue the tours through the winter.

"It was interesting, a nice mix of historical facts and trivia," Anne Burpee said. "It was cool."

"I think it's a romantic thing. It's like history, to do something of history," Crossman said.

A different way to experience and learn about the Queen City.

Tickets for adults are $24, seniors $20, kids $10 and dogs ride free. The company gives 5 percent of the sales to the Burlington Parks and Rec Department to pay for the use of parking lots and space at Perkins Pier. Click here for more information.

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