Travel back in time on an authentic, restored antique trolley car on a real trolley line that has been in service since 1900
The Shore Line Trolley Museum was incorporated as the Branford Electric Railway Association in 1945. The Museum is home to the last 1 ½ miles of track that was part of the Connecticut Company New Haven Trolley system. The line opened in 1900 extending the New Haven line from the East Haven Green to the village of Short Beach and to resort areas along the coast line. The last passenger service trolley left Short Beach bound for New Haven in the early hours of March 8, 1947 and marked the end of trolley service in East Haven. One year later, trolley service ended in New Haven.
The Museum’s trolley line was recognized as historically significant and was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1983. Today, the Museum hosts approximately 24000 visitors annually and is a key educational component for local students understanding as to how suburbs formed and how the trolley system is coming back as an efficient form of transportation. The Museum also partners with Gateway Community College for practical studies in the school’s Railway Technology Program.
The Museum is also home to many local traditions such as annual visits with the Easter Bunny, Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, Super Heroes Day and visits with Santa. On over 77 acres, one of a kind artifacts exists such as the oldest horse drawn streetcar, a cable car surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, one of the two surviving PATH subway cars surviving the 9-11 attacks, over 70,000 photos and over 300 rail journals dating back to the 1860’s.
Tour time: 1 hour
Other amenities: Dining Nearby, Parking, Self-guided tours, Special Packages
Pricing: Adults $10, seniors (62+) and children (2-15) $7.
Other Amenities: Open After COVID, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Special Rentals