Founded in 1939, the Seashore Trolley Museum has grown into the largest electric railway museum in the world with a collection representing almost every major American city that had a streetcar system. See the beginning of mass transportation from the omnibus to the development of the electric streetcar, and follow the progress to today's buses, light rail vehicles, and rapid transit cars. Our collection contains vehicles from almost all major cities in the United States that had streetcar systems, as well as from other cities across the globe, to provide samples of how generations past moved about for work, school and leisure and to show the dedicated craftsmanship put forth to construct these workhorse vehicles.
Take a tour around our property, you'll find a multitude of displays to show the history behind mass transportation. Explore our three exhibit carbarns and then witness the restoration process of a streetcar from the observation gallery in our restoration shop. Hands down, the favorite part of a visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum is the chance to ride a streetcar out along a rebuilt portion of the Atlantic Shore Line Railway, once an electric interurban route. Our volunteers will place you into the bygone era and explain why and where you would be riding a trolley to in the early 1900s.
During some of our special events we take to the occasion and bring out equipment that we don't normally operate every day. If you're interested in riding on a bus or subway train, keep an eye on the Calendar of Events.
Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad #434 |
Boston Elevated Railway #5821