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Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury

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The Danbury Railway Museum (reporting mark DRMX) is a railway museum housed in the former Union Station on the east end of downtown Danbury, Connecticut, United States. It was established in the mid-1990s following the closure of the station by the Metro-North Railroad, and primarily focuses on the history of railroading in southern New England and neighboring New York. In addition to the former station building, the museum has a collection of heritage railcars in the neighboring rail yard it shares with Metro-North.

The station was built in 1903 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in response to local pressure for a new station after the three railroads that served the city were merged into the New Haven. At the station's peak, 125 trains stopped there in a day. By 1993, that had dwindled to a few commuter trains, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which by then owned the neglected building, closed it in favor of a newer station on the other side of the block. Within two years the museum was formed and restored the station to its former appearance.

It is architecturally distinctive, with Colonial Revival touches on a Richardsonian Romanesque structure. Alfred Hitchcock filmed station scenes for Strangers on a Train on its distinctive curved platform. In 1986, prior to the museum's use of the building, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was joined on the Register in 2005 by the former turntable, the only intact one in the state.
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  • Not only is it a good historical museum, but also provides an actual train ride on a restored steam powered unit. Conductors act very much in character and the entire staff is friendly. Highly... 
    Not only is it a good historical museum, but also provides an actual train ride on a restored steam powered unit. Conductors act very much in character and the entire staff is friendly. Highly...  more »
  • A real gem in Danbury!!! A wonderful collection of equipment both inside and outside. The gentlemen on site were very knowledgeable and helpful. Most of the equipment outside seems to be in "as... 
    A real gem in Danbury!!! A wonderful collection of equipment both inside and outside. The gentlemen on site were very knowledgeable and helpful. Most of the equipment outside seems to be in "as...  more »
  • This was a fairly small but interesting museum. They have some small indoor exhibits and displays, but by far the best part was the outdoor train yard you can wander at your leisure. You can go into.....  more
    This was a fairly small but interesting museum. They have some small indoor exhibits and displays, but by far the best part was the outdoor train yard you can wander at your leisure. You can go into.....  more »
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  • Another is what it is venue. If you like trains you'll love it: old engines and cars, and plenty of people to answer questions. Hourly train rides and other interesting artifacts, like this train turntable. And you can enter interesting cars like a steam engine cab and a mail car. Call to check hours after 8/31.
  • We went to visit Uncle Sam. What fun! We have been to the museum on a previous visit which we enjoyed. There is something for everyone and we learned so much about the railroad history. It's good for all ages. There is some hands on stuff for the kids to do.
  • Fascinating place! Many wonderful artifacts of the bygone era of rail. And an actual (if short) train ride
  • Extensive display of vintage railroad equipment in spacious rail yard. Interesting museum exhibits and model trains in old Danbury station. My favorite piece is the antique double-ended wrecking crane used in the tunnels at Grand Central Terminal in NYC.
  • Great museum and cute town. The gentlemen who work here have been there for over 30+ years. It’s a must visit!

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