Railfan Depot

Everything Train (and Trolley) in Connecticut

“Railfan Depot?” Oh, that’s good.

Y’know… that band, Train, has made some truly awful songs that have become popular. Everyone dumps on Nickelback (rightly so), but always seems to forget that Train is pretty much the same bland mush.

So try to put the band Train out of your head now as I’ve compiled everything “trainy” in the state. I’ve included trolleys because I wanted to. Or, to use my three-year-old’s logic:

“I included the trolley stuff too.”
“Papa, why you include the trolley stuff toooo?”
“Because I did.”
“Because you did?”

If linked, I’ve visited and written about it.


Train & Trolley Museums

Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor, 6/14/14
Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury, 5/24/14
The Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven
Essex Steam Train, Essex, 10/10/07
River Valley Junction, Essex, 10/10/07
SoNo Switch Tower Museum, Norwalk, 6/13/09
Milldale Train Depot Museum, Southington
Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston, 6/1/14
Vernon Railroad Depot Outdoor Museum, Vernon, 5/1/11
Peters Railroad Museum, Wallingford, Multiple
Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Windham

Museums with Model Train Layouts

Boothe Memorial Railway Society Museum, Stratford, 10/19/13
Canton Hisotical Museum, Canton, Multiple
Connecticut Cellar Savers Fire Museum, Portland, 11/29/2014 (Seasonal)
Connecticut River Museum, Essex, Multiple (Seasonal)
Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden (Seasonal)
Orange History Museum, Orange
Westport History Museum, Westport, 4/10/10

The boys enjoying the Peters Railroad Museum

Other Public and Worthwhile Model Train layouts

Time Machine Toy and Hobby, Manchester
Amato’s Toy and Hobby, Middletown
Pizza Works, Old Saybrook
Masonicare Train layout, Wallingford (info)

Train Stations, Tunnels, Bridges, Historical Miscellany, & Other

Gillette Castle Train Tunnel, East Haddam
Housatonic Model Railway Club Layout, Fairfield (info)
Taft Tunnel, Lisbon (info)
Hole in the Wall Bridge, Niantic
Worst Trolley Accident in US History, N. Branford (info)
“Oldest in-use union station in US,” Union Station, North Canaan
The Crossings Restaurant and Brewpub, Putnam
Great East Thompson Train Wreck Site, Thompson
Shepaug Tunnel, Washington
Victorian Footbridge, Willimantic

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