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Address: 77 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854-3086
Phone Number: 203-246-6958

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Unique Railway History

This little museum is an enthusiasts mecca. The volunteers love their jobs and share their extensive knowledge of the early and current rail lines. You get to move the switches... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rebecca W
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little museum is an enthusiasts mecca. The volunteers love their jobs and share their extensive knowledge of the early and current rail lines. You get to move the switches, watch the lights and ring the alarms. This is a good stop for most everyone but is not for anyone who would have trouble with stairs. It's a good hour... More 

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Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Incredible and knowledgeable team of train educators! Took our children ages 13 & 11and they had a great time learning the history and getting to move the switches! Lots of information in such a small place. Norwalk is a very cute town too.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I have been living in Norwalk for over 15 years and I never had seen this place open in summer or winter

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Thank ricfeliu
Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

This is perhaps Norwalk's best kept secret. Tony gave us a spectacular tour and answer all of our questions! Thanks for all your work to preserve this gem!

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Phoenix, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

A little gem of a museum in an original switching tower. Very knowledgeable Volunteers explain the beautifully maintained old mechanical switches and you get to participate. Lots of memorabilia to see and some to purchase. By donation. Great for kids and railroad lovers.

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2 Thank Brenda R
Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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3 Thank Roy H
Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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4 Thank D V
Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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