Facebook Page

The Connecticut Electric Railway Museum Trip and Visit 6/28/2015

by Chris Guenzler

We pulled up to the Connecticut Trolley Museum and parked the rental car in the parking lot.

Here is the sign outside of the museum.

History of the Museum

The Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc. is the owner and operator of the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Founded in October 1940, it is the nation's oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era.

As a non-profit institution, its educational and historical aim is the establishment of a full scale operating street and interurban railroad system with the appropriate accessory equipment and buildings, to recreate an important phase of New England's business and social life from 1890 to 1949.

A three-mile round trip streetcar ride with an educational narrative is provided to the museum's visitors during their visit. All work at the museum, except for one paid employee in the museum office, is done by volunteers. There are over 70 pieces or rail equipment owned by the museum, some of them dating as far back as 1869. This collection is made up of passenger and freight streetcars, elevated railway cars, interurban cars, service cars, locomotives (diesel and electric), passenger and freight railroad cars, and other pieces of miscellaneous railway equipment.

All major buildings and the museum's center of operations are located on a 17-acre facility adjacent to State Route 140 in East Windsor. The right of way is a 3.2-mile portion of the Rockville branch of the Hartford & Springfield Street Railway Company. Void of all track, the property was purchased when the organization was formed in 1940. Over the years, the volunteers have been able to build not only 1.5 miles of track and the associated overhead wire for power distribution, but all of the yard and storage track, the power substation, the storage barns, and a restoration shop.

Our mission is to provide a historically accurate educational experience of the trolley era, through the interpretation, preservation, restoration, and operation of an electric railway.

Our Visit

We started looking around the outside of the museum.

This is the Party Passenger Car at the Museum.

A look down the trolley route we will be riding.

The North Road station.

Long Island Railroad 4153 built in 1930 by the American Car & Foundry Company electric commuter passenger car.

The electric passenger train display out by the highway.

Canadian National Railway 6714 built in 1913 by the General Electric Company. Main-line railroad electric passenger locomotive.

Montreal Tramways 2600 built in 1929 by the Canadian Car & Foundry Company.

New Orleans Public Service Car 836 was part of an order in 1922 to Perley Thomas of High Point, North Carolina.

I went inside the Teresalee Bertinuson Visitor Center and picked up our tickets for the rides here. We walked back out and boarded the Montreal Tramways 2600 car for the first trip of the morning. Now sit back, relax and enjoy a ride down the rails at the Connecticut Trolley Museum.

We have reached the end of operational track at the Connecticut Railroad Museum.

We will now return to the museum grounds.

We are back at the museum. Now we will look at the exhibits in the Teresalee Bertinuson Visitor Center.

Five Mile Beach Electric Railway 36 built in 1895 by the J. G. Brill Company.


Cleveland Railway 1201 built in 1914 by the G. C. Kuhlman Car Company.

Montreal Tramways 2056 built in 1927 by the Wason Manufacturing Company.

Connecticut Company 65 built in 1906 by the Wason Manufacturing Company.

Philadelphia & Reading wooden coach 940 built in 1903 by the Odgood-Bradley Car Company.

Springfield Electric Railway 10 built in 1901 by the Wason Manufacturing Company.

Museum view.

Ponemah Mills 1386 built in 1894 by the General Electric Company Steeple cab electric freight locomotive.

Ponemah Mills 1386 built in 1894 by the General Electric Company Steeple cab electric freight locomotive.

\New York, Ontario & Western wooden caboose NYO&W 1883.

Museum view. Now we will walk around the inside of this museum.

Great exihibits in this museum.

The old time ticket taking booth.

Click here for Part 2 of this story!