Connecticut Trolley Museum

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A New Orleans streetcar stops at the Isle of Safety (originally at State St, Hartford)

Coordinates: 41°55′53″N 72°35′41″W / 41.93139°N 72.59472°W / 41.93139; -72.59472

Founded in 1940, the Connecticut Trolley Museum is the oldest incorporated museum dedicated to electric railroading in the United States.

The museum is located in East Windsor, Connecticut, and is open to the public most of the year, featuring static displays and self-guided tours of the state's trolley history.

Heritage railroad[edit]

The museum operates a 1.5 mile heritage railroad over the original right-of-way of the Hartford and Springfield Street Railway Company. Unlimited rides on cars are included in the admission for the day. A minimum of two different cars are run each day. Many times up to eight cars will be rotated through during the day, giving visitors an opportunity to experience many different types of street cars and interurbans.


A 1929 Canadian Car & Foundry double truck
A trolley's interior

The museum has a diverse collection of equipment from the trolley era to help tell the story of the trolley era and its impact on society. Most of the equipment is stored in one of four car barns, the Visitor Center, or the car shop.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum has one or more of the following cars operating for the public when the museum is open:

In addition, the museum is currently working on the following cars in the restoration shop:

  • Connecticut Company car 840

The Main Hall of the Visitor Center is set up with an exhibit detailing the progression of the era and its impact on society. The following cars are on display in the Visitor Center:


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