We Sang the Shoreline Electric

Back in the heyday of tourism on the Shoreline, the Electric Railroad was the optimal way to travel. Where did it go? How far did it run?

When my family visited from out of state a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of introducing them to one of our local history hot spots: . We had a delightful time, exploring parts of Branford (as much of the trolley line travels through Branford) that were once frequented by many tourists and travelers, as well as people just out for an evening ride, people watching. The history talks on the trolley tour itself are always fun, providing just enough information to make me even more curious about the history of the electric rail.

We've discussed the electric rail a few times in previous posts, but haven't delved into its history in depth -- nor discussed the history of the , which has (for me) become a local landmark. What do you know about the trolley system? Where did it go? How far did it run?

(Bonus points for identifying the poem being referenced by this week's headline.)

Alana Joli Abbott August 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I've already gotten some great comments via e-mail -- keep them coming (or post them here!)
Steve from SAAC August 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I agree about the Shore Line Trolley Museum being a wonderful local institution that preserves a significant part of our past, and is also a great place to visit with our without guests! Speaking of Trolley tracks, I happened to be driving my old VW Bug on Thimble Islands Road back in October of 2008, and took a photo from behind the wheel as trolley tracks buried under the roadway were being dug up & removed. For years they would create a "washboard" effect along that section of the road. The photo I took is the vicinity of the small town green where the flagpole is located, and across from the Willoughby Wallace Library. Interesting to visualize what it must've been like to take a trolley down into Stony Creek!
SolarPete August 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I felt it wouldn't be fair if i kept posting my comments on here I felt other folks should make the effort to share their history knowledge and I would just email them to u.
Alana Joli Abbott August 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Wow, Steve, great photo from your archives! It must have been cool to ride the trolley in Stony Creek, definitely. :)
SolarPete August 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Alana talk to Joyce bradley about riding the trolley she is on FB and the right age


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