Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

#26 of 116 in Museums in Connecticut
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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  • 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 yo...  more »
  • Cool little trolley and track system, with a couple of big barns with other trolleys inside. Staff is entirely volunteers, whose love for these old trolley cars is contagious. Great way to spend an ho...  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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