Celebrating Trains in Connecticut

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Celebrating Trains in Connecticut

A switch tower museum is located in Norwalk, Connecticut, and a train show that runs until February 23rd, 2020 in Essex, Connecticut are just two of the five train experiences that were found. Those and three others are detailed below.

26th Annual Holiday Train Show

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

  • Located in East haven, the Shore Line Trolley Museum is the oldest operating trolley museum in the country. It offers a three-mile trip through the woods and wetlands. On certain weekends, the museum allows guests to operate the vintage vehicles after receiving special instruction.
  • Guests can tour their trolley display buildings as well as their indoor exhibit room to "understand how trolleys played a role in the development of America as it is known today."
  • It is run by the Branford Electric Railway Association, Inc., and its mission is to inform the public about the story of the trolley, as well as related forms of mass transit in their historic context. The Museum operates the Branford Electric Railway which opened in 1900. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as "the oldest continuously-operated suburban trolley line in the United States." The museum’s line and equipment are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Branford Electric Railway Historic District.
  • The Museum owns nearly 100 vintage transit vehicles, and the archives contain nearly 51,000 photographic images, over 4,000 books and documents, and about 1,000 small artifacts such as tokens, hat badges and ticket punches.

Danbury Railway Museum

SoNo Switch Tower Museum

  • It has been described as a quirky little museum, but it truly is entirely unique in and of itself. SoNo refers to the revitalized section of Norwalk towards the southern end, in other words “SOuth NOrwalk”. The Museum is furnished as it was during active service in the 1950s.
  • "The SoNo Switch Tower Museum explores the story of "Signal Station 44." Tower 44 worked hard for the railroad from its opening on July 5th, 1896 until its retirement in 1984."
  • "In 1984, the SoNo Switch Tower was decommissioned along with most of its sister towers as switching became computerized and controlled out of GCT. But the tower still remains open as a museum."
  • Admission is free and hours of operation can be accessed here.

Essex Clipper Dinner Train

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