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SoNo Switch Tower Museum

77 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Norwalk
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Aug 10, 2014
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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211 reviews 211 reviews
83 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We were having a Norwalk Day a few years ago. We had just parked in Sono and we wanted to do something memorable with the boys related to what they were into at the time. We visited the SoNo switch tower Museum. After climbing up the small staircase we entered into the both where the switch tower controller did his... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I live right down the street and popped in for a quick look. The place is really neat and the guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about switches and train history. Everything from throwing switches to how they communicated with trains, and more. The guides spend lots of time answering questions and explained everything. Very cool if your into trains. And... More

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Darien, Connecticut
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251 reviews 251 reviews
63 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Step back in time and see railroading of yesterday. Great for kids of all ages. Nice gift shop too. Leave a donation to keep these railfans' dreams alive.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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122 reviews 122 reviews
31 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

We left the aquarium to get some real food when we walked past the switch tower museum. I took my two young kids up and the guide at the top of the tower did a great job explaining what it used to do. While we were up there we watched a few trains go by. The kids even got to... More

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