The Shore Line Trolley Museum

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
203-467-6927

The Shore Line Trolley Museum, operated by the Branford Electric Railway Association, Inc., strives to educate the public about the story of the trolley and related forms of mass transit in their historic context. The Museum operates the Branford Electric Railway, opened in 1900, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the oldest continuously-operated suburban trolley line in the United States.  The museum’s line and equipment are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Branford Electric Railway Historic District.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum maintains several diverse collections of equipment, photographs, documents and artifacts which preserve the history and heritage of the Trolley Era. The Museum owns nearly 100 vintage transit vehicles, and the archives contain nearly 51,000 photographic images, over 4,000 books and documents, and about 1,000 small artifacts such as tokens, hat badges and ticket punches. The vehicle collection is among the most diverse in North America both in terms of geographic reach and chronological spread.


Upcoming Events at The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
East Haven, CT
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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
East Haven, CT
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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
East Haven, CT
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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
East Haven, CT
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Pumpkin Patch

Recent News

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Bring the kids to the Pumpkin Patch – the Trolley Museum’s non-spooky fall event for young children and families! Enjoy glorious fall foliage as you ride a vintage trolley car to the Patch.Each child selects their own little pumpkin to decorate…

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Pumpkin Patch

Bring the kids to the Pumpkin Patch – the Trolley Museum’s non-spooky fall event for young children and families! Enjoy glorious fall foliage as you ride a vintage trolley car to the Patch.Each child selects their own little pumpkin to decorate…

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Easter Bunny Trolley 2014

The Easter Bunny will be at the Shore Line Trolley Museum on April 12-13, 18-19, 2014. Families will ride a 100-year-old beautifully restored trolley to meet the Easter Bunny on his very own trolley car!There will be springtime crafts too! Plan on…

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Santa on the Trolley

Take a ride into the past at The Shore Line Trolley Museum and have your children visit with Santa! Inspect our antique trolleys decorated for the holidays. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Bring the whole family and the camera! All…

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