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Connecticut Trolley Museum

Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road
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.


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Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights 2016

Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season.  Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open "electric sleigh", we promise you a good time and one that you'll…

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Pumpkin Patch at Trolley Museum 2015

Autumn brings colorful leaves, cool evenings and pumpkins. We will round up some of the most perfect globes of orange that can be found for our patch! Catch an outbound trolley to our pumpkin patch where the youngsters can browse to their hearts…

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Winterfest 2015

That delightful and magical season of WinterFest is soon upon us. The Connecticut Trolley Museum once again pushes the limits to treat you and yours to an evening of entertainment and seasonal exhilaration!  Ride the antique traction through the…

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Pumpkin Patch for Kids 2014

Autumn brings colorful leaves, cool evenings and pumpkins. We will round up some of the most perfect globes of orange that can be found for our patch! Catch an outbound trolley to our pumpkin patch where the youngsters can browse to their hearts…

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Easter Bunny Fun Day at The CT Trolley Museum

Meet the Easter Bunny. How about an Easter Egg with a surprise and create a small craft. Have your face painted or a tattoo perhaps. Try out the bubble and train tables. "Ride the trolleys-which is your favorite? Lots to do and see - rain or shine!…

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Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights

Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open "electric sleigh", we promise you a good time and one that you'll remember…

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Rails to the Darkside 2013

Many years ago, at the turn of the century, the need for efficient transportation was growing. It was the "Trolley Era" and every town and city was rushing to build the tracks that would bring their community into the 20th Century. Things were no…

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Pumpkin Patch Festival 2013

Don’t miss out on a most wonderful time of the year where we celebrate the arrival of autumn in Connecticut. We’ll have a bounty of pumpkins down-line at the Pumpkin Patch just waiting to be chosen and taken home by the youngsters. Board…

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Rails to the Darkside 2012

Rails to the Darkside, one of our members was out taking pictures along the tracks of our trolleys. Once he got home and took a look at them, he found some very disturbing images. Desiring some photos of a trolley with the fall foilage around…

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