Updated 6/2/2011.

Railroad and Trolley Museums in Connecticut

The Railroad Museum of New England -Trains run from the 1881 Thomaston Station south along the scenic Naugatuck River to Waterville. Along the way, your train will run through the unspoiled Mattatuck Forest, cling to Black Rock cliffs, hug the banks of the Naugatuck River, where various forms of wildlife abound, and then pass among massive brass mills, sentinels of New England's rich industrial heritage.

The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum -The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum is located off Bridge Street in downtown Willimantic, Connecticut, on the original site of the Columbia Junction Freight Yard. Our collection includes locomotives and rolling stock, as well as vintage railroad buildings and a six-stall roundhouse reconstructed on the original foundation.

The Connecticut Trolley 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.

The Danbury Railway Museum -The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization staffed solely by volunteers. The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and opportunities for hands-on railroad work at "12 inches to the foot" scale.

The Shoreline Trolley Museum -Take the Trolley to the Turn of the Last Century!

SONO Switch Tower Museum -Operated by the Western Connecticut Chapter, National Railway Historical Society

Historical Information

Vernon Historical Society - Vernon/Rockville Connecticut Historical Society.

Stafford - Rockville Trolley Line -The Interurban Stafford Springs Street Railway Company 1906-1930

Connecticut History Online -Photographs, drawings and prints about Connecticut history.

Historically: How to Site a Mill


The History of the Boston to New York Air Line -The Air Line Rail Trail is located in eastern Connecticut, and stretches more than 50 miles from near the Connecticut River to the Massachusetts border. It is divided into two sections. The South Section starts in East Hampton and ends in Willimantic, with the Colchester Spur branching into the center of the town of Colchester. The North Section continues from Willimantic to Thompson, and connects with the Massachusetts Southern New England Trunk Line trail.

The American Railroads An informational A to Z resource guide to American railroads.

Train Travel: The First Transcontinental Railroad

Map Links

Historic USGS Maps of New England & NY - USGS Topographic maps dating from the 1800's to near present, covering New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York. If you like old maps, this will love this site.

UCONN Map and Geographic Information Center -Includes 1934 Connecticut Aerial Photograph Mosaic.

MapTech Historical Maps - More historic topographic maps.

NYNH&HRR Valuation Maps are now available online from the University of Connecticut.


New England Brown Stone -The Highest Quality Model Stonework Available. If you are a model railroader and you model New England, you've got to see this stuff!