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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Founders Day

Saturday July 30th

IMG_5116The Branford Electric Rail line opened on July 31, 1900. This event will commemorate that opening with two parade of trolley cars at 1130 and 230 PM.

 

The day begins at 1030 with trolley rides to the yard and tours of our buildings. There will be games for the children, food and ice cream in the yard. The trolley pageants will include about 20 trolleys from our earliest to newest at the museum. Come and enjoy our newly repaired cars recovered from hurricane flooding of 2011 and 2012.

Kids’ Summer Reading Program!

Story-Trolley

This exciting program provides an opportunity for children 4 to 8 years of age to listen to a story in a real trolley car. The day begins with a trolley ride at 11AM (please be on time!) along our trolley line through the salt marsh possibly seeing Osprey, Herons, Egrets, Swans and other wildlife before returning to the trolley yard. Here, board our historic “Story Trolley” to listen to each week’s children’s story, read by one of our volunteer educators, followed by time to explore the other trolley cars on display.

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More upcoming events

PATH Car 745, 9/11 survivor, now on exhibit

On August 6th, the Shore Line Trolley Museum received PATH car 745, which survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center unharmed in the subway tunnel below. The car was welcomed in East Haven by local dignitaries, Police, Fire, and bagpipe escort, and several hundred members of the public. 745 is now on display and can be seen during our regularly offered trolley tours. Learn more about the car's arrival and display.

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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:

JULY and AUGUST
Open 7 days a week!
10:00am-4:30pm

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Tickets

Regular museum admission rates:

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (62+): $8.00
Children ages 2-15: $6.00

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.

Book a charter, birthday party, photo shoot, or other group event with us!

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