650 0 |a Museums|z Connecticut. Line cars give workmen “rooftop” access to construct, adjust, and make repairs to the overhead wires. From spare trolley poles and headlamps to jacks and axle dollies, this car had it all! From 1908 to 1946 it was renumbered again to work car 33 and used to clean the underground third rail conduits used by street cars in Manhattan. or on an embankment. steam locomotive....and won. museum's line and other suburban routes. Car 850 is two years older, and was restored at the museum over a It was preserved at the museum in 1987 and operates frequently on the Shore Line. Car 1349 is a “convertible” car, meaning it has side panels which can be affixed with window glazing during the cold months which can then be removed and replaced with metal bars in the summer months to let the breeze flow through. is capable of lifting 5 tons. © 2013-2020 Shore Line Trolley Museum/Branford Electric Railway Association. ran into the 1960s, long after most American cities had abandoned their Vandepoele, it competed for local freight against the mighty Always an electric car, No. The Shore Line Trolley Museum’s vehicle collection is diverse both in terms of geographic reach and chronological spread. It was later Clearing snow from the streets in which the trolleys ran was the traction company’s job, and several types of snow-fighting equipment were commonly seen during the trolley era. Clearing snow from the streets in which the trolleys ran was The Museum has a small representative collection of New York rapid Car 850 is two years older, and was fully restored at the museum over a period of a decade, completed in 2007. A portion of this collection is shown below. They have 19 trackless trolleys in … The cars were not The largest trolley at our museum is the Liberty Liner “Independence Hall.” This articulated interurban train is one of two identical twins built in 1941 by the St. Louis Car Co. for the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad. Montreal and Southern Counties was an interurban operation which began in the first years of the 20th Century, connecting the growing Canadian city and the rural countyside to the east. The City of New York opened the first municpal subway line in 1932. Restored trolleys are used on the museum's demonstration railway, which follows the route of the Atlantic Shore Line, a trolley line that ran on the current museum property and connected Kennebunkport to York Beach. uses its 30 tons to push snow off the tracks. The all wood car was built in the shops of the Toronto Railway Co. as one of 74 cars. The car was replaced by a larger car in 1908. Restoration of 1001 to its ca. the company's job, and several types of snow-fighting equipment were toured several cities during 2007 If you visit during Santa on the Trolley days, you'll find Santa North Shore Line 755 1930 Standard Steel Car Co. Lehigh Valley Transit Co. 1030 1931 American Car & Foundry Co. Union Refrigerator Transit Co. 26504 1931 General American Transportation. The Museum has a small representative collection of rapid transit cars, mainly from the New York City systems. birthday parties and other special charters. The Shore Line Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch 2020 Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven, CT. Sold Out / Not Available. Trailer cars were popular in the 1910s and 1920s before the ridership crash of the Great Depression. This restored locomotive has special significance to the Museum as its campus is situated around, and its demonstration railway is on, the old roadbed of the Atlantic Shore Line. S-36 passed through In addition, the museum archives contain nearly 65,000 photographic images, over 4,000 books and documents, and about 1,000 small artifacts such as tokens, hat badges and ticket punches. below. A trailer car is just what its name implies – a car which is coupled and towed along, trailing behind a powered streetcar. Originally from Lynchburg, VA, it later ran in Wildwood, NJ. At 60 feet and 84,000 pounds, This is the largest the museum since 1947 and is currently undergoing extensive restoration. 850 toured several cities during that year to promote tourism in the city of New Orleans, before returning to the museum to operate in regular passenger service. The revolutionary PCC (Presidents Conference Committee) car was the traction industry’s answer to growing automobile and bus use and to replace fleets of older traditional cars around the country, continent, and later to Europe. such as tokens, hat badges and ticket punches. The Museum acquired the line from the Connecticut Company in the late 1940s and Car 775 continues to operate on this very line today. Click here to get more information about enjoying a trolley ride for your special event, H. Albert Webb Railroad Preservation Award. Trolleys don’t run themselves, and neither do trolley museums! This car may not look like much, but its usefulness cannot be understated. Created by electric railway pioneer Website committee: John Proto, Lisa Savage, Nathan Nietering. This was a cost-effective way to double capacity during peak rush times. This spacious car from 1923 was designed to speed loading and unloading. “We try and rotate the cars so one single car doesn’t get too much mileage on it,” Proto explained. wires. It is a shear plow which moved the snow to one side of the track and was most commonly used on double track lines. The car is now being stabilized complete with reinstalled windows, a repaired roof, reinstalled trucks, and new paint job. This feature of a half convertible was unique to Toronto. The Union Street Ry. Much of the interior has been lost to time, but the exterior was repainted and restored to an early 1900s appearance most recently in 2014. in the roster. This crane from Montreal, Canada Created by electric railway pioneer Chas Vandepoele, it competed for local freight against the mighty steam locomotive….and won. See 1938 Come and enjoy a living, breathing experience riding historic, restored trolleys through scenic surroundings! Shore Line Trolley Museum rosters 12 Connecticut Company streetcars, some of which once plied its CtCo trackage that was in service until the museum bought it. It is currently It was built in 1929 by the Differential Steel Co. and came to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in 1963, serving the museum operation faithfully since then! We have several snowplows in our collection. The tickets are for unlimited rides all day. The famous baseball team got its name from a disparaging remark made is still running vintage cars from 1924. The pride of the Connecticut Company fleet, car 500 was built Car 34 was the first car to be owned by the museum way back in 1945. 655 7 |a Museum pass. The museum has an active program of repairing and restoring our antique equipment. Had he not recognized the historical significance of this machine, and been able to persuade his superiors to take action to preserve it, it would not exist today. This car toured the entire Connecticut 2001 was one of several cars which arrived at the museum from Montreal in the early 1960s, and returned to museum operation late in 2015 after hurricane flood and mechanical damage was repaired. (Third weekend of each month, May-September.). It ran in the city of New Haven, CT and today is a regular in our operational fleet. right-of-way, such as subway tunnel, elevated structure, in a cut This car is often operated on RT weekends. The length of […] Rapid growth west of downtown led to the creation of yet another horse car line in 1874, the West Side Street Railway Co., with a line on Grand Avenue and Wells Street from the river to 22nd Street, and later to 34th Street to the west, and the C&NW depot to the east. This 1903 wooden car straddles the line between trolley and rapid transit. Car 503 was built in 1928 by the American Car and Foundry. In 1899 the car was rebuilt into an electric car, renumbered to car 220 and assigned to the 42 nd St. Crosstown line. Trolley cars, running in the street, served as feeder routes for the rapid transit lines. toured several cities during 2007 The museum acquired the carbody and spent many years working to re-acquire all the parts to bring it back to life. The museum exhibit area was nicely done with a few interactive things for kids. Please update to get the most out of Flickr. is the Atlantic Shore Line 100. Admission prices were in line with other museums like this. at this time. Very popular in the summertime, they were retained The platform is also insulated, meaning repairs can go on even while the trolley wire is fully energized (600v DC!). This car is also commonly referred to as the “Birthday Car,” as it is the most popular choice among visitors for holding their birthday parties and other special charters. It has a kitchen, bathroom, dining tables and plush carpet. The Connecticut Company had hundreds of these large, 75-passenger Survives at Shore Line Trolley Museum: 8361 Survives - originally at Trolley Museum of New York, sold in 2017 to Shore Line Trolley Museum: Roster Notes (Incomplete) ~4550-4599 - Laconia Car Co, 1906 ~8050-8199 - St Louis Car Co, 1923; 8200-8299 - St Louis Car Co, 1925; 8300-8449 - Brill, 1925; 8450-8534 - Osgood-Bradley, 1925; period of a decade. Montreal car 2001 straight-line seating. These operated on a separate right-of-way, such as a subway tunnel, elevated structure, in a cut or on an embankment. Freshly repaired and returned to service in late 2011, this car maintains a history on the Branford Electric Railway dating back to the very earliest years of the 20th Century. Most frequently used to plow the line during the winter months is Montreal plow 3152. Hotels near Shore Line Trolley Museum: (4.54 mi) The Study at Yale (5.57 mi) Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast (1.33 mi) The Kelsey House Bed & Breakfast (4.11 mi) Motel 6 New Haven - Branford (4.38 mi) The Blake Hotel; View all hotels near Shore Line Trolley Museum on Tripadvisor When the unthinkable happened, the entire PATH station was ordered evacuated, employees included. lengthened and enclosed. This self-propelled pillar crane car was built in 1903 specifically to lift and set lengths of rail. The curb side of the car is a convertible while the road side has fixed exterior walls. and ran in trains of up to a dozen or so cars. The museum's collection includes examples of work cars. Additional entries are being added as time allows. 1977 in New York. In rural areas, these were typically well-built lines on their own right-of-way, which allowed interurbans to operate at high speeds. operated for the public on selected dates. Those who are curious may also wish to read the glossary of terms used looks similar to the thousands of "redbird" cars that were retired for moving rails, ties, poles, etc. Locomotive Works in 1899 for the Nassau Electric Railroad, a subsidiary of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit. Each trolley company had It ran in Manhattan and the Bronx, before being sold for post-WWII operation in Vienna, Austria as part of the Marshall Plan. There are multiple display buildings that contain examples of vintage streetcars that span generations and geographies. 9 and its fleetmates closely resemble the steam passenger coaches of the era with high steps, paired windows with stained glass, railroad wheels and heavy, solid construction. Shore Line Trolley Museum. ca. shut down in 1972, 3152 came to us, and it continues to be a valuable utility piece over 40 years later. The Shore Line Trolley Museum maintains several collections which Built in 1905 for service to Canarsie, this is a convertible car, Johnstown is noted as the last small city in America to operate a fleet of streetcars, with the final line maintaining operation until August, 1960. The museum’s current operating public fleet includes the following trolley cars. Car 5466 was part of a New York museum The “North Shore Line” was one of the most famous interurban lines in the America. they avoided packing down ice into the track. Car 116 was bought by BERA and moved to Connecticut. 26 reviews of Shore Line Trolley Museum "My father has been wanting to visit this trolley museum for a while, but finding the time to go has been an issue for us. The museum is happy to provide copies of photographs for both commercial and non-commercial use. during Rapid Transit weekends. Resembling a modern-day snowplow truck, this plow from Montreal, Many people know the U.S. Mail once traveled by train, but did you also know that some mail traveled by streetcar? The North Shore Line survived until very late in the interurban era (1963), and 709 was among the last to operate on the final day of service. 2898 came to the museum after a 40+ year career on the streets of Toronto and regularly hosts special seasonal guests such as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Of the four cities (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago) which had rapid transit systems during the trolley era, all are still in operation today. Thanks in part to recent grant funding, 865 has been undergoing a comprehensive restoration – including those unique luggage racks – for almost 15 years, and in 2016 will begin carrying passengers down our trolley line, for the first time since 1947! Children were treated to a trolley ride and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch where they could pick out a pumpkin to decorate at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven on October 15, 2017. Car 220 came the Branford in 1948 as the last conduit lines in New York were abandoned. Car 356 is an identical sister to JTCo 357 highlighted under the “Cars you may ride” section. Commuter traffic was so intense that in several US cities, dedicated Welcome to the Shore Line Trolley Museum. It was preserved in 1987 and operates frequently at the museum. The Shore Line Trolley Museum maintains several collections which preserve the history and heritage of the Trolley Era. were used to clear heavy snowdrifts. Included in the collection are some of America’s oldest single-truck cars, many examples of wooden and steel streetcars from the Golden Era of street railways, and several modern and representatives from the high-speed and streamlined era. Notes: Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee car 715 pauses along the Museum's line. Restoration of this car to its original configuration was one of the first major projects undertaken by the museum in its early days, and today it is lovingly restored and maintained in operating condition by a father and son team of museum members. today. After ConnCo severed the track connection in 1948, BERA was on its own. Snow sweepers were more effective than plows in moderate snow, because This is the membership web site, which contains information primarily of interest to museum members, supporters and rail enthusiasts. M&SC continued to run until 1956, when the rails they used to cross the Victoria Bridge were removed. Car 2001 was part of a fleet which helped to modernize the Montreal system in the late 1920s. had a rich and colorful history. Declining ridership led the C&LE to abandon all passenger service in 1938, however, at which time six coaches – including 116 – were sold to the CR&IC, or “Crandic.” These six cars ran on the Crandic until that line was abandoned in 1953, when four of them were sold off intact. The most modern of our regular fleet, car 629 was home-built by the Car 316 was built in 1895 for the Union Railway, which operated in the Bronx and lower Westchester County, NY. Enjoy glorious fall foliage as you ride a vintage trolley car to the Pumpkin Patch, the Trolley Museum’s … Many horsecars survived into the trolley years as rush-hour trailers. The Shore Line Trolley Museum has a total of about 100 vintage trolley cars. rapid transit systems during the Trolley Era, all are still in operation 11 is a replica built in 1932 from parts of an original 1880 horsecar. The museum’s collection includes several different examples of interurban equipment from places near and far around North America. The museum has several cars from Canadian systems. DESCRIPTION. The Museum owns nearly 100 vintage transit vehicles, as described in more detail below. The Shore Line Trolley Museum You seem to be using an unsupported browser. The electric rapid transit cars The Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) company was New York’s first subway line, opening on October 27, 1904. Car 1001, which ran in Brooklyn, NY, was the first production PCC car and entered service in 1936. to replace some of the original 1904-1907 vintage IRT cars. Trademark of its suburban operation were overhead luggage racks made of brass, a detail not found on typical “city” streetcars. Behind it were cars 143-160-845-750-139-612. At that time, all of 948’s electrical and mechanical equipment was removed and sent to Seoul for spare parts. For general public information, museum programs, events, hours of operation, ticket sales, directions, etc., please visit the Shore Line Trolley Museum Visitor's Web Site . Below are some of the cars often seen on display at the museum. work platform, to allow servicing the 600 volt DC overhead trolley 020 |c $250.00: 500 |a 17 River Street, East Haven, CT 06512. This 1904 car spent many of its years running on the museum's line when The archives are available Toronto had one of the largest fleets of Peter Witt style streetcars, ordering 575 cars during the early 1920s. undergoing repairs. Due to the H&M financial problems these cars operated well into the 1960’s. Some operations ran as single cars, while others operated in short trains of four-to-eight cars each. to promote the City of New Orleans. Around the country, but particularly in the Midwest, interurban traction systems gained popularity at the beginning of the 20th Century. A survivor of the great flood of 1936, this typical small-town steel-sided trolley from Johnstown, PA was built in 1926 and has been immaculately restored by our shops. Today restoration efforts have been restarted with the exterior of the car painted and the interior mostly complete. It is the only surviving After being retired in the 1960s, the museum acquired it in 1967, and it ran on our line for three years as Vienna 4239 before being restored to its original appearance as Third Avenue 629 in 1970. These operated on a separate The Montreal system survived beyond many American city systems, lasting until 1959. Eventually 20-year bonds were issued by the museum and its fortunes improved. This car was built by the Cincinnati Car Co. in 1926 and operated on the streets of Atlanta until 1948. It is a typical gay nineties open breezer car. A National Historic District – The oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the USA. Connecticut Co. 865 is similar to car 775 listed under “Cars you may ride.”  It is one year younger and was built for suburban service on the New Haven Division. 1349 is currently operable but is in the midst of an intense overhaul of end platforms and other components. Car 401 is a representative of the “open” style of trolley car, popular in the early traction era up through the beginning of the 20th Century. Built in 1926 by the Cincinnati Car Company, it ran on the North Shore Line between Chicago and Milwaukee until 1963. companies money and compete with the automobile. The cars where promoted as being all steel and in fact the first fleet to be built this way. A true AAA tow truck of the trolley era, 1504 is fully equipped to repair or move any disabled equipment quickly and effectively. 316 was significantly modified when it became pay car number 1. The Shore Line Trolley Museum’s vehicle collection is diverse both in terms of geographic reach and chronological spread. 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