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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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  • With family, I visited the Shore Line Trolley Museum, two children, three adults. The site is well marked by highway directional signs. There is a ticket office and interesting display section is a br...  more »
  • This was a two hour stop that was on our way home. We had heard it was worthwhile stopping to see. The two gentlemen who work the trolleys are very well versed in the history of the trolleys as well a...  more »
  • Awesome place for kids ! They have many themes throughout the season . Also offer a trolley ride through the coastline. I am going to check that out soon ! My family goes while I stay home and cook . ...  more »
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  • I had more fun than I thought I would. The trolley museum was quite interesting. Just wear flat shoes once you get off the trolley, you'll be doing some walking.
  • Historical trolley car ride. Was relaxing on a not too hot summer day. A fun experience for lovers of transportation.
  • Went on a field trip with a pre k class. Not the best experience for kids, too much history and talking about things they don't know. The ride they loved and the conductor was awesome. Just wouldn't recommend for a class trip
  • This place offers great scenic rides I'm beautiful restored historic trolley cars and has a lot of educational and informational exhibits.
  • Really loved our visit here! We went for the Easter Bunny Trolley ride and my 2 year old loved it! Really cool to see all of the old trolleys and the ride was short and sweet

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