Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

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The Shore Line Trolley Museum is a non-profit organization located in East Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest operating trolley museum in the United States. It was founded to preserve the heritage of the trolley car. The museum includes exhibits on trolley history in the visitors' center and offers rides on restored trolleys along its 1.5 miles (2.4 km) track. The ride includes a tour of the museum's historic trolley collection.

The museum encompasses the Branford Electric Railway Historic District, which was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
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  • The Shoreline Trolley Museum is a nice place to visit. They have Seasonal Events such as Haunted Isle Trolley Ride and Santa on the Trolley. The prices are reasonable and the whole family will have a....  more »
  • I want to start by saying i don't like haunted houses. I thought this was just a haunted trolley ride so my boyfriend and I decided to go last night. You do get on the haunted trolley and it drives...  more »
  • Great fun for adults and kids. One ticket lets you ride trolleys all day. two trolleys run in sequence with a little bit of delay between them or you can stay on one all day. Drivers were fun and knowledgeable and good with kids. The additional trolleys in the sheds were a lot of fun to look at with a good variety. my favorite part is the seats that change direction when you get to the end of the line. Show it to the kids they'll enjoy helping out. They also get to ring the trolley bell with the foot pedal which was fun.
  • We had a wonderful time here! We ended up taking a bus in from new haven, and the stop is so close. It provides an extra bit of convenience for our visit. The staff was kind, funny, and helpful. Tina in the gift shop made sure we had clear directions to the bus stop to get back, too. Kevin was our motorman, and he gave us all the information about what we were seeing. We went through a nature preserve, an old granite mine operation, and lots of history. We really enjoyed the ability to tour the car barns, too. They even have a subway car that visited the towers on 9/11. A very emotional and touching tribute. Such stories and information! Perfect for any railfan, history buff, wildlife enthusiast....very happy that we went !

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