A National Historic District – The oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the USA. Come and enjoy a living, breathing experience riding historic, restored trolleys through scenic surroundings!
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Trolley Reading program

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017

This exciting program provides an opportunity for children 4 to 8 years of age to listen to a story in a real trolley car. The day begins with a trolley ride at 11AM (please be on time!) along our trolley line through the salt marsh possibly seeing Osprey, Herons, Egrets, Swans and other wildlife before returning to the trolley yard. Here, board our historic “Story Trolley” to listen to each week’s children’s story, read by one of our volunteer educators, followed by time to explore the other trolley cars on display. Click here to learn more. 

National Trolley Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This celebration of the 117th anniversary of the start of trolley service on the line (the Branford Electric Railway started operating July 31, 1900) and the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the museum (on August 14, 1945) will be an all-day event. The highlight will be two parades of cars, at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. There will be food trucks in the yard and a DJ. A special feature will be a 1:00 PM tour of the old Johnson's Quarry site, led by well-known Branford member Bill Horne.

More upcoming events

A new trolley season begins!

The museum is open daily until Labor Day!

Come on down for a scenic trolley ride and to tour our barns with our expert trolley operators!

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Hours and Location

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512 USA
Map and directions

Hours of Operation:

10:30 am - 4:30 PM

Our first event is Saturday, April 8th.
Weekend hours start Saturday, May 6th.

See our events for the 2017 season


Regular museum admission rates:

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (62+): $9.00
Children (ages 2-15): $7.00

Some special events have different ticket prices — for details, please consult the specific event page.

Learn about our group & other discounts

Your ticket includes all-day access to the museum, including unlimited rides on the historic trolley line, tours of the trolley display buildings, and access to our indoor museum exhibit room.

Refund/return policy

Online tickets purchased for specific events may be exchanged at their face value for alternate events. Private event deposits are fully refundable if cancelled prior to 48 hours before the event. Private event deposits can also be exchanged for future events. Membership fees are non-refundable.

Your Visit

Enjoy a three mile leisurely round trip onboard a restored historic trolley car through the scenic Branford salt marshes near Long Island Sound.

Learn about the history of trolley development and trolleys in Connecticut and beyond from our expert trolley operators/tour guides.

Tour our trolley display buildings and our indoor exhibit room to understand how trolleys played a role in the development of America as we know it today.