Collections

The Shore Line Trolley Museum maintains several diverse collections of equipment, photographs, documents and artifacts which preserve the history and heritage of the Trolley Era. The Museum owns nearly 100 vintage transit vehicles, as described in more detail below. In addition, the museum archives contain nearly 65,000 photographic images, over 4,000 books and documents, and about 1,000 small artifacts such as tokens, hat badges and ticket punches. The archives are available by appointment to qualified researchers. The museum is happy to provide copies of photographs for both commercial and non-commercial use. Please inquire via email or phone.

Vehicle Collection

The Shore Line Trolley Museum’s vehicle collection is diverse both in terms of geographic reach and chronological spread.  Included in the collection are some of America’s oldest single-truck cars, many examples of wooden and steel streetcars from the Golden Era of street railways, and several modern and representatives from the high-speed and streamlined era.  Rapid Transit (Elevated and Subway), Interurban and Work Cars round out the collection.  A portion of this collection is shown below.  Additional entries are being added as time allows.