17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512-2519
phone: 203-467-6927
10 AM to 5 PM
Weekends April-December
Daily Memorial Day-Labor Day
Adults $8.00
Seniors $6.00
Children (2-15) $4.00
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Wayne Sandford, General Manager
phone: 203-467-6927
Ted Eickmann, Curator
phone: 203-467-6927
Kathy Slinsky, Director of External Affairs & Community Relations
phone: 203-467-6927
Jeff Hakner, "Tripper" Editor
phone: 203-467-6927
Mike Schreiber, Director of Education & Librarian
phone: 203-467-6927
Fred Sherwood, Director of Exhibits
phone: 203-467-6927


Main Information

The Shore Line Trolley Museum has been an important part of the community since its incorporation in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association. Founded to preserve the unique heritage of an endangered species -- the trolley car -- it now boasts a collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles as well as artifacts and documents from the trolley era. We offer trolley rides most of the year. Please check our schedule at

Vintage Backdrop Available for Filming

The Trolley Museum provides historic vistas for film, still photography and video productions. We can help you recreate any era from the late 1890s through contemporary and develop interior, exterior and action shots of our varied trolley and subway car collection. We welcome students, small independents, location contractors as well as major studios and networks. Please inquire with your needs to receive a quotation.

Groups are Great!

The Trolley Museum is a great destination for the entire day, and an equally wonderful quick stop while passing along I-95. Tour buses, school groups, historical societies and special needs groups all come to call on the Shore Line Trolley Museum. We can accommodate groups of up to several hundred people, but we're never too busy to receive a small group.

Special Events - Ours and Yours!

The Shore Line Trolley Museum hosts many seasonal and special events throughout the year. Our event schedule can be found online at We can also host YOUR special event. Trolley cars can be privately chartered - call our office to make arrangements.


The Shore Line Trolley Museum operates the Branford Electric Railway, a National Historic Site. The railway is the oldest continuously operating suburban trolley line in the United States.

Artifacts Collections

97 streetcars, buses, subway & elevated cars 4,000+ small artifacts

Research Collections

28,000+ photographs 5,000+ books, magazines, manuscripts

Educational Programs

Guided tours are offered all visitors. Educator's guide available


Non-profit corp. with an electrd Board of Trustees


Access: Scholars, Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes


  • "Tripper" - a monthly newsletter
  • "Journal" - a technical and historical magazine published irregularly


Gift Shop