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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Easter Bunny Trolley

April 8, 9, 14, 15, 2017


Cost is $10.00 per person

Families will ride a 100-year-old beautifully restored trolley to meet the Easter Bunny on his very own trolley car. There will be springtime crafts too! Click here to learn more.

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

Spring span time

All it takes is one or two almost warm days and the line crew goes at the older span wires needing replacement. Here Rodger, George and Les attack replacing span wires on the main line in the yard area. In total 1000 yards of span wire was changed out this past week! Over 24 new poles are being installed by other volunteers.  The process includes working on top of the line car #25, using a grabber to tighten the line and in some case re-align it, then install new wire and fittings. Over the winter George refurbished over 200 wooden insulated connectors getting ready for this spring’s work.

New guide wire and messenger cable going up

March 30th was a busy day at the museum, one crew was putting up new poles another was running our new guide wire which will hold up our newly donated messenger wire. The Falcon Fine Wire Company donated over 5,000 feet of badly needed messenger wire, Thank you Falcon Fine Wire. In the picture here gateway students are hanging the guide wire, the messenger wire will be hung next week.


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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.

REFUND/RETURN POLICY: Online tickets purchased for specific events may be exchanged at their face value for alternate events. Private event deposits are fully refundable if cancelled prior to 48 hours before the event. Private event deposits can also be exchanged for future events. Membership fees are non-refundable.

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.