Cruisin’ Connecticut – Take a Ride on the Shoreline Trolley Line

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A Shore Line East trolley. (WTNH- File)

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to East Haven, at the beginning of the tracks of the historic Shoreline Trolley Museum.

Opened for public service on July 31, 1900… the Shoreline Trolley is the longest, continuously operating suburban street railway in the country.

Now the track stretches 1.5 miles, but in its hay day, the track stretch 17 miles from East Haven to Stony Creek in Branford.

Museum Director and trolley enthusiast, John Proto gave us a tour of the trolley car:

It runs on 600 volts DC. Usually most of these cars have four motors underneath. This car ran in Atlanta from 1923-1960.

Before buses, the trolley line was the main mode of transportation for workers and kids going to school in New Haven county.

Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks lurk the things that nightmares are made of.

This weekend check out the “Haunted Isle” at the Shoreline Trolley Museum from 7-10pm . Purchase tickets here! 

Know of cool people, places or events to check out for “Cruisin’ Connecticut?” Email me, or let me know on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: @RyanKristafer


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