Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

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Located at 17 River Street in East Haven Ct. (Exit 51 I-95) The Shore Line Trolley Museum has been an important part of the community since its incorporation in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association. Founded to preserve the unique heritage of an endangered species -- the trolley car -- it now boasts a collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles as well as artifacts and documents from the trolley era.



It continues to operate predominantly through the dedication and support of its over 1000 member/volunteers.

A visit to the museum is a multi-sensory voyage into the past, from the moanful growl of the motors, to the smell of the electric arc, to the feel of rattan seats and varnished hardwood detailing.
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  • Have visited twice with young children during thanksgiving weekend. So cute. The trolley ride is fun. Love reading the old advertisements on the wall. Is decorated for christmas, but try to get there ...  more »
  • Even if you are a casual visitor this place is wonderful. The volunteer and paid staff are friendly and knowledgeable and relate interesting information without being in any way boring. The trolley ca...  more »
  • I took the trolley as a kid and so I took my kids too. Same experience hasn't changed in 30 years except I got older lol Take a nice ride in fall or late spring because there's no heat or AC.  more »
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  • We hosted my Son's 3rd birthday party here and it was a success. All the Kids loved it. The party planner/helper was extremely knowledgeable and helpful overall. She was available to answer any questions we had pretty much whenever we had them. I would highly recommend it to any train loving kids or fans of Daniel Tiger's Trolley
  • I went here a couple years ago it was fun but the trolley ride is very short. i recommend the one in Windsor CT The trolley ride is about 25 minutes and has a lot more history than here. But if you don't feel like traveling To there than this is the place for you.
  • Small museum, but interesting, went there for the holidays. The trolley ride could be longer. It was only 30 sec ride. Cookies and hot coco is nice. Not too hot. 🎅 was friendly
  • awesome place to go if you are a train lover. it is also cool to see the marsh.
  • We had the very best time at the haunted trolly! So much fun, we did it a few times! Really incredible job, thank you so much.
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