A National Historic District – The oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the USA. Come and enjoy a living, breathing experience riding historic, restored trolleys through scenic surroundings!
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Thank you!

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Thank you for visiting us in 2016!
See you in April 2017 for our Easter Bunny Trolley event!

Charters & Parties

1602 partyOur historic “party” trolley car #1602 is ready to host your special event. When you book a party, your group gets its very own trolley car for the ride and a uniformed tour guide-trolley operator. There’s room on the trolley for cake, ice cream or other food service and big windows for viewing the beautiful scenery. Click here to learn more. 

More upcoming events

Car 2350 back into service!

imageCar 2350 returned to service in October 2016. The car was built by the Osgood-Bradley car Company in 1922 and used in Middletown Ct. as part of the Hartford Division of the Connecticut Company, then moved to New Haven where it became a crew car. Both motors and the compressor had to be rebuilt due to Irene and then Sandy flooding. The project was funded 25% by the museum and 75% though our FEMA disaster assistance award.


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Hours and Location

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512 USA
Map and directions

Hours of Operation:

We are closed for the season.

Our first event is Saturday, April 8th.
Weekend hours start Saturday, May 6th.

See our events for the 2017 season


Regular museum admission rates:

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (62+): $9.00
Children (ages 2-15): $7.00

Some special events have different ticket prices — for details, please consult the specific event page.

Learn about our group & other discounts

Your ticket includes all-day access to the museum, including unlimited rides on the historic trolley line, tours of the trolley display buildings, and access to our indoor museum exhibit room.

Your Visit

Enjoy a three mile leisurely round trip onboard a restored historic trolley car through the scenic Branford salt marshes near Long Island Sound.

Learn about the history of trolley development and trolleys in Connecticut and beyond from our expert trolley operators/tour guides.

Tour our trolley display buildings and our indoor exhibit room to understand how trolleys played a role in the development of America as we know it today.