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Shore Line Trolley Museum was incorporated in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association, operating on a portion of the old “F” trolley route of the Connecticut Company, which previously provided service from downtown New Haven, through East Haven and into Branford. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve the history and significance of the trolley car. We own more than 100 vehicles, ranging in ages from the late 1800s to the early 1900s in addition to related artifacts and documents.


A visit to the Museum is a multi-sensory voyage into the past, from the moanful growl of the motors, to the smell of the electric arc, to the feel of rattan seats and varnished hardwood detailing. Shore Line Trolley Museum and its collections are included on the National Register of Historic Places as the Branford Electric Railway Historic District.

"Collections." Shore Line Trolley Museum. Accessed February 26, 2017. http://shorelinetrolley.org/collection/.

"Museum History." Shore Line Trolley Museum. Accessed February 26, 2017. http://shorelinetrolley.org/about/museum-history/.