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Address: 77 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT
Phone Number: 203-246-6958

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Small but unique museum!

Small, well done museum showing the way trains were managed before computers! Manual switching station and an up close look at how trains were routed. Excellent docents and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Orlando
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Small, well done museum showing the way trains were managed before computers! Manual switching station and an up close look at how trains were routed. Excellent docents and exhibits. Off the beaten path but worth finding.

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Garrison, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We were early for the Sheffield Island ferry ride and found this little museum quite by accident. We've been to number of Railroad museums but this was the first to a switch house. The volunteers there who explained it all were very informative. A nice little find.

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norwalk, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This small but informative museum shows just how our railways worked and work today! Next to historic SoNo you can grab lunch and then visit.

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New York
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

2 great guys show you around the museum and explain the history of the place. No entrance fee but they appreciate any donations for the upkeep of the museum. Well worth a visit.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Seeing and experiencing are two different things, but here you do both. We were shocked ONE person performed all three major tasks and could switch fourteen switches MANUALLY in just five minutes; I could barely do one in that time! Eat your Wheaties and wear your track shoes before trying to manage a switch change and then imagine a quarter... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The SoNo Switch Tower Museum restoration has saved this important part of our country's industrial heritage, and is a fascinating look-back to the Country's transportation and communications before jetliners and computers. The Tower is easy to miss, tucked into a tiny plot adjacent to the Metro North tracks in downtown Norwalk. Walking up the two long flights of steel stairs... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This was a very nice tour of the old original switch- track train tower. The tour guides are very nice and keep you interested. There is lots to see and it is also hands-on. Train lovers will enjoy this museum!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Want to really upset your kids? Take them to this museum. Because it's totally lame. I mean, give me a break, please. It's not a museum -- it's just a small gift shop underneath a room full of old switch tower equipment. If they called it a "Small but Historicly Preserved Switch Tower Guarded by Some Old Dude who Wants... More 

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Putnam County, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The volunteers at SoNo do a great job! An interesting part of railroading history has been well-preserved, and is a must-see while in the area. Good restaurants nearby, friendly and knowledgable volunteers.

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Tuckahoe, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The staff was very insightful and its a great place to take kids to see the old time workings of a railroad station. There are alot of stairs to climb but its worth the trip to see this place.

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Address: 77 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT
Phone Number: 203-246-6958
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Norwalk

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