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Connecticut Trolley Museum

860-627-6540

The Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc. is the owner and operator of The Connecticut Trolley Museum. Founded in October 1940, it is the nation's oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era.

As a non-profit institution, its educational and historical aim is the establishment of a full scale operating street and interurban railroad system with the appropriate accessory equipment and buildings, to recreate an important phase of New England's business and social life from 1890 to 1945.

A three mile round trip streetcar ride with an educational narrative is provided to the museum's visitors during their visit. Dedicated volunteers provide labor for operations, maintenance, and management. The Association owns over 70 pieces of rolling stock dating back to 1869, of which approximately half are housed within five storage barns. The collection consists of passenger and freight street cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, service cars, locomotives, passenger and freight railroad cars, and a variety of other rail equipment.

All major buildings and the Museum's center of operations are located on a 17-acre facility adjacent to State Route 140 in East Windsor. The right of way is a 3.2-mile portion of the original Rockville branch of the Hartford and Springfield Street Railway Company. Void of all track, the property was purchased when the organization was formed in 1940. Over the years the volunteers have been able to build not only 1.5 miles of track and the associated overhead wire for power distribution, but all of the yard and storage track, the power substation, the storage barns, and a restoration shop.

Our mission is to provide a historically accurate educational experience of the trolley era, through the interpretation, preservation, restoration and operation of an electric railway.



Reviews

EYE of - RA

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Monday, June 18, 2018
Went on a rainy day, the trolley ride was nice, didn't get to ride in the open car because of the rain. The trains inside for the most part need some upkeep to be able to view them all. Dress up for the kids to be conductors and coloring your own paper hat was very enjoyable for the kids. The Fire museum is more of an outdoor visit so the rain prevented that. A nice gift shop inside, my son loves trains so he wanted every gift inside. The conductors diving train give you some nice history of the trolleys driven. I highly recommend a visit, very affordable and rides all day. The winter time is very enjoyable and must be put on the top do list when visiting the area at that time. I heard the Halloween time was also very fun

Efrain Lopez

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Saturday, June 30, 2018
If you enjoy a bit of history and like trains, this is the place to visit. I took my family there and we had an awesome experience. This place has actual old trains and a section with firetrucks. My kids had a wonderful blast. Oh, they even have a dress up section. Really Cool place.

Adam Damm

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
What a great place! With two young kids I thought we would be there for only a couple of hours. The kids were so into it that we were there for almost 5 hours!

Dave Tedder

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Friday, July 6, 2018
Decent for filling those 2-3 hour blocks of time for young children. Trolley rides were great for my toddler. I enjoyed the fire engines, could have spent and hour checking them out.

Abhishek Gupta

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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Nice place to explore the natural beauty along with historical trolley ride... if you are lucky .. you might end up seeing deer 🦌 as well.

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