After facing devastation at the hands of Hurricane Irene the Shore Line Trolley Museum will reopen the 2,500 feet of its historic rail line that has been closed since the fall with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM. The occasion will be the Museum’s first-ever Walk for the Rails.
Last summer, Hurricane Irene hit the region hard and damaged 95% of the cars in the Museum’s collection and half the length of its line. Over the past 10 months, volunteers at the Shore Line Trolley Museum have been working tirelessly to repair the damage. With a generous donation of stone from Tilcon, transported generously by Eleitus Trucking, and funding from FEMA, the Museum has repaired the damaged portion of its line in time for the 2012 season. Representatives from Tilcon, FEMA, and the State of CT Department of Emergency Management and Homeland security will be joining the Museum for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate its success.
In addition, we have been grateful for the support of Branford First Selectman Unk DaRos and East Haven Joe Maturo in securing the necessary funding and supporting the Museum’s mission. The Chief Executives have both issued proclamations declaring June 9, 2012 Trolley Day in East Haven and Branford. First Selectman DaRos and Mayor Maturo read their respective town’s proclamations at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Following the short ceremony, the Museum the first annual Walk For The Rails to support the organization’s efforts to protect and preserve its collection will begin. Members of the community and their friends and family will walk the Museum grounds. After the walk, participants can spend the day at the Museum – there will be entertainment, concessions, and trolley rides.