Elmira, N.Y. - The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce has delayed the start of the 2014 Trolley into Twain Country season. The venerable trolley was in need of replacement after many years of service, and the replacement trolley will not be immediately available to begin tours on July 1. Tours are now expected to begin in mid-July.

The trolley is operated as a joint effort between the Chemung County Historical Society and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, providing tours each summer to promote tourism in our area.

When the season begins, guided tours aboard "The Elmiran" will depart on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Riders may board from the lobby of the Chemung Valley History Museum, located at 415 East Water Street in Elmira.

During the tours that depart from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the trolley will offer a 60-minute narrated tour of Elmira and its rich history including the Mark Twain Study, where the author wrote his most famous books; the Civil War Prison Camp site; the Arnot Art Museum; the Chemung Valley History Museum; the Clemens Center; the beautiful Maple Avenue District and Near Westside District with their lovely "Painted Lady" homes; and historic Dunn Field. The last trolley tour of each day (at 2 p.m.) will offer a different route featuring the Mark Twain Study as well as Twain's gravesite.

Sign-ups and ticket sales will be available at the Chemung Valley History Museum information desk, (607) 734-4167. Adults are $4 and children 12 and younger are $2 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. For an additional $1, riders may also tour the Chemung Valley History Museum. For more information, please visit www.marktwaincountry.com or call the Chamber at (607) 734-5137.

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