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The Trolley Cars of Years Past Still Rolling Along

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Visiting the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven can be a moving experience. Literally.  Visitors can see the oldest continuously operating surban trolley line in the United States and can ride the rails. On special occasions they can actually take the controls.  Under supervision, of course.

In addition to a ride over the 1.5 mile (2.4K) track, visitors can tour the museum’s historic trolley collection and look over exhibits in the visitors’ center

The trolley era, in the days before automobiles too over our transportation needs is remembered through the museum’s collection of 100 or so vintage transit vehicles of differing types. Museum achieves contain nearly 51,000 photographs and more than 4,000 books, documents and artifacts that include tokens and badges, plus other memorabilia of that bygone era.

(Look on Mr. Clemens’ Facebook page and see a pair of dime-size tokens used in New Haven 70-80 years ago. )

The museum encompasses the Branford Electric Railway Historic District, which was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

It’s a rare opportunity to look at how people got around before the automobile era that changed everything.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Shore Line Trolley Museum (opened seasonally)

 17 River Street

East Haven, CT 06512