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SoNo Switch Tower Museum

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Address: 77 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT
Phone Number: 203-246-6958
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really interesting thing to do visit in SoNo

great for some railroad culture. how has it worked for more than 100 years. it is free, it worth 2usd per person donation. it only opens during summer time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

great for some railroad culture. how has it worked for more than 100 years. it is free, it worth 2usd per person donation. it only opens during summer time.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It has outside stairs, a long flight, but very interesting and very great with kids who see the train within a yard from the upper windows and they can move the levers and ring the alarm bell. You will have fun but only on weekends afternoon,

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A very quick tour but worth the few minutes if you can spare it. Probably doesn't take longer than 20 minutes but everyone we take here loves it. It's very interesting to see how far the trains have come along with modern technology.

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Orlando
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7 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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 106 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 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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