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Members Day 2017

May 5, 2017

Saturday April 29th turned out to be a great day weather wise, just a little drizzle in Am then a beautiful day. With over 110 members in attendance, each had a chance to operate or ride on a number of cars (316, 1504, 302, 1602, 850, 6688, R-9, 865, 1792 and 5466). In addition a number of recently repaired cars where on display: 500, 2898, 220, 4573, 503 and 2001. There was an added feature this year in that with the lead to building 9 complete, the Atlas offered trips all day into 9 and car 25 NJT PCC offered rides on the lower run-around track. There where cars running every which way all day.

Breakfast was served at 0900 and then off to the trolleys, at 11 AM was the dedication of the “G” scale set in memory of past board member Lee Lagerstrom. Lunch was served from 12 to 1 PM and back to the trolleys. At 3 Pm we cut the cake a long honored tradition at BERA, there might have been a few fingers of frosting left on the sheet, but our Assistant treasurer made short work of the frosting.

At 5 PM a dinner was served with: Rolls, baked Ziti, Chicken Marcella, Eggplant Rollotini, Roast Beef and Pan fried potatoes. No one left hungry after that dinner! In all there where many happy faces after operating their favorite car down the line. With the Talley not in we estimate over 45 trips where made down the line. By 9 PM the last of the trips was made and cars put away for the night.

Great start to the 2017 season!!

Dedication of G scale line

On Saturday April 29th the Shore Line Trolley Museum dedicated a “G” scale train and track display in memory of past Board member Leander “Lee” Lagerstrom. The display includes track from Lee’s own collection donated by his wife Shirley. The track was installed by the the New Haven Model Railroad Engineers. The members of the railroad engineers worked many hours to erect the tribute to Lee who was a member of the engineers. Lee was active in both organizations and both organizations felt it would be a proper tribute to Lee to have his cars running on his track for all to see.

The track is operated by a push button that allows the train to run for two minutes. The button is located just right for young children to be able to operate the train. The engine and cars were part of Lee’s collection and make one complete loop in the two minutes.


2017 Operator class started March 4th

March 4, 2017

The 2017 operator class started on March 4th at 10 AM. This year’s class includes 12 students that will learn how to operate a trolley car and about the history of the museum and its cars. The course work includes a lot of handle time, as these students experienced on their first day of class.

Over the next four weeks the students will learn about: brake operation, electric signals, history of the museum, review of rule book, track switches and overhead line, emergency stopping, shop and yard procedures, taking out and putting away cars, giving tours and ending with a final exam. In addition to learning they will be experiencing operations by operating a number of different cars at the museum.

Museum gets a new Executive Director

February 25, 2017

On February 11, 2017, the Board of Trustees promoted John Proto to Executive Director.  John has been our Museum Director for the past six months and replaces Wayne Sandford who served as General Manager for the past 5+ years filling in while mentoring his replacement. Wayne was serving two roles, the second as President which he will maintain.

John brings to the museum a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help the museum to continue to move forward.  John has visited the museum every year from the age of 5 and became a member over 25 years ago.  He’s been an active volunteer for the past 15 years.  Although his volunteer role at the museum was primarily public operations, administrative and technical support, he has a passion for rail transportation as well as electrical and electro-mechanical restoration.  His non-profit background extends over 20 years in the areas of budget and finance, development and fund-raising, volunteer recruitment and retention, and information technology.

John’s hours are normally Mon-Fri but he is often at the museum during ‘non business hours’ especially during the operating season.  John’s office is located at 14 River St.

Railroad Merit badge progress for 2017

February 24, 2017

For the past 5 years the museum has run the Railroading merit badge program for scouts free of charge. Each year we have had to find a scout leader to sign off on the work completed by the scouts. But no more, our Railroad badge Coordinator Howard Williams has secured the necessary training and education to sign the merit badge cards for scouts that attend the program. Over thirty scouts attended the 2016 workshop. The 2017 date is Saturday November 4th.

Seven (including two Eagle) scouts signed-off on the badge by our very own Howard Williams. This is Troop 12, Milford, CT.

Car 500 runs again on own power!

February 15, 2017
Parlor car 500 went back into service in January 2017. It is considered the museum’s most precious possession and almost the last surviving car of the aristocratic breed of trolley. The car was built in 1904 by the J. G. Brill Company No. 500 for the president and other high officials of the Connecticut Company. The car is powered by four GE – 80 motors and uses a CP27 compressor to provide braking power. All four motors where re-built as part of the recovery work from Hurricane Irene. The project was funded 25% by the museum and 75% though our FEMA disaster assistance award.

The car was purchased to meet the requirement of the president riding about the trolley lines in Connecticut. 500 was also the first car to make the trip from New Haven to New York via interconnected trolley lines in 1912. Very few trolley companies could afford such a large and comfortable car for their president. The car contained a sitting parlor, rest room and a small dinette for making light meals and drinks while traveling. Car 500 has wide platforms on each end of the car, they were open when built but closed in about 1914. The motorman has a little (and we mean little) glass-enclosed cab at the right side of end. It has some special features of a voltmeter, ammeter and a speed meter on the dash.

Car 316 recovered from flood damage

December 15, 2016
Car 316 returned to service on December 15 2016 after being flooded in Hurricane Irene and again in Hurricane sandy. The work on 316 included, removing the two Westinghouse 68 traction motors, one of the motors was so far impregnated by the salt water that it had to be re-wound. The project was funded 25% by the museum and 75% though our FEMA disaster assistance award.

Car 316 is the last original Union Railway trolley in existence. The car was built by the American Car Company in 1896 and operated in the Bronx. In 1899 was absorbed into the Third Ave Railway, staying in service until 1909. After that these small cars where replaced by larger capacity cars and sold off. Car 316 became Pay car 1 with seats removed and cashers’ window installed. It traveled all over the system, paying employees. 316 is now fully restored by member R Parente. The body restoration took over ten years and was fully funded by the Parente family.

Car 2350 goes back into service, October 2016

October 1, 2016
This little Birney car was designed in 1915 to help keep trolley lines out of red ink. Designed as a one man operation, it saved salaries, It was a lot lighter cutting track maintenance as well. It had a number of new features such as special motors, controllers and brakes. The car also incorporated interlocking door switches which made it impossible to move the car before the doors were closed. Due to it’s small wheels it could accelerate and slow down quicker but the same features cut down on the top speed of the cars.


Car 2350 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. The car was not a pleasant ride, it had a tendency to “gallop” down the track, and its 16 wooden seats were not that comfortable. It has two Westinghouse 506A traction motors and a DH16 compressor. 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.

World Trade Center PATH Car Exhibit Dedication

August 6, 2016
PATH car 745's ceremonial arrival at the Shore Line Trolley Museum

PATH car 745’s ceremonial arrival at the Shore Line Trolley Museum

On Sunday September 11th at 12 noon the Shore Line Trolley Museum will dedicate and open for the first time car 745 to the public.

Car 745 was the lead car (on the north end) of a 7-car train which had left Hoboken at 8:42 AM, arrived on Track 3 at about 8:52, and was due to depart the loop station at 9:00 AM for the return trip to New Jersey. Behind it were cars 143-160-845-750-139-612. When the unthinkable happened, the entire PATH station was ordered evacuated, employees included. As a result, there was no loss of life on the train or in the station. Read more »

The 16th Annual Mass Transit & Trolley Modelers’ Convention

May 17, 2016

Presented by The New York City Model Transit Association & The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Join us on Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
At The Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Highlights include:model-layout

Admission: $20
Spouse & Children – Free
All proceeds, after expenses, benefit The Shore Line Trolley Museum.

Easy transportation via NJ Transit, Amtrak, & buses from NYC. Rutgers Campus buses to the door. Free parking available.

View the flyer (PDF) for more information and a registration form.

Questions? Contact the NYC Model Transit Association: