Trolley Museum of New York

Trolley Museum of New York Come and experience the rich history of rail transport while riding along one of Ulster County’s popular river waterfront attractions in Kingston, NY.

Adults: $10.00

Children ages 6-18: $8.00

First Responders, Active Military Personnel, and Veterans: $8.00

Children up to age 5: FREE

Operating as usual

Brooklyn transit booster and tunnel aficionado Bob Diamond dies at 62
08/25/2021
Brooklyn transit booster and tunnel aficionado Bob Diamond dies at 62

Brooklyn transit booster and tunnel aficionado Bob Diamond dies at 62

The eccentric lifelong New Yorker became a local legend in the 1980s when he rediscovered an abandoned 19th century rail tunnel beneath Atlantic Ave., and spent the following decades leading tours of the abandoned space.

Hard to believe it has been 20 years since the Newark PCC’s were retired! NJ TRANSIT did an amazing job making sure the ...
08/24/2021

Hard to believe it has been 20 years since the Newark PCC’s were retired! NJ TRANSIT did an amazing job making sure the cars got a proper sendoff.

Would you like to see a Newark PCC at our museum?

Twenty years ago, NJ TRANSIT said goodbye to its historic Newark City Subway (NCS) President’s Conference Committee (PCC) fleet. On August 24th, 2001, trolley enthusiasts and faithful customers joined us for a “last run” of the PCC cars.

This Saturday!!!!! Don't miss out!!!!
08/24/2021

This Saturday!!!!! Don't miss out!!!!

This Saturday!!!!! Don't miss out!!!!

08/22/2021

**********Weather Alert!**********
Please be advised that The Trolley Museum will be closed today 8/22 due to upcoming hazardous weather. We are sorry for any and all inconveniences.

08/22/2021

Sending good thoughts and prayers to our friends at The Shore Line Trolley Museum as they face this serious weather event. Stay safe everyone.

Thank you Anthony Carpentieri for the great photo of our car 358. Glad you enjoyed your visit!
08/20/2021

Thank you Anthony Carpentieri for the great photo of our car 358. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Thank you Anthony Carpentieri for the great photo of our car 358. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Some incredibly sad news from our friends at The Shore Line Trolley Museum.
08/20/2021

Some incredibly sad news from our friends at The Shore Line Trolley Museum.

A note from John Proto, Executive Director, and Dennis Pacelli, Master Mechanic:
This week, the museum lost an incredibly important family member. It is with great sadness that we’re letting our community know of the unexpected passing of Ted Eickmann. Ted was a staple at the museum for half a century. Joining us in 1971, he quickly became an integral part of our operation. He went on staff as our full-time mechanic and curator in the early 1980’s and he held that position for nearly 30 years. There is not one piece of rolling stock, or one volunteer, who hasn’t been positively influenced by Ted. Ted was also key in our trestle reconstruction and was an expert and mentor on our physical trolley line, both track and overhead wire.
While there will never be a replacement for Ted, his legacy and his memory will continue to shine here for generations. Please visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/sparta-nj/theodore-eickmann-10313170 for funeral information.

When an opportunity like this comes knocking, you answer! We would like to thank the wonderful people at UMass Transit S...
08/10/2021

When an opportunity like this comes knocking, you answer!

We would like to thank the wonderful people at UMass Transit Services for choosing our museum to preserve one of their recently retired buses. We have taken possession of the bus and it is wonderful. The bus will be stored offsite temporarily until a suitable display area is constructed.

Great job! The family was so happy! Thanks again!!
08/08/2021

Great job! The family was so happy! Thanks again!!

Happy birthday Orlando. May it be the first of many many more. Enjoy your day!

Special thank you to The Shipping Place of Hyde Park who helped and partnered with TMNY to make this little boys birthda...
08/08/2021

Special thank you to The Shipping Place of Hyde Park who helped and partnered with TMNY to make this little boys birthday special. The customer service and product availability is great!

Special thank you to The Shipping Place of Hyde Park who helped and partnered with TMNY to make this little boys birthday special. The customer service and product availability is great!

A beautiful  day and a wonderful  Birthday Party here at the Trolley Museum. Happy 6th Birthday Orlando Herbert III.  Bi...
08/08/2021

A beautiful day and a wonderful Birthday Party here at the Trolley Museum. Happy 6th Birthday Orlando Herbert III. Birthday parties are completely customizable and available for your family. Contact Amy at 845-331-3399

Photos from New York Transit Museum's post
08/05/2021

Photos from New York Transit Museum's post

The work continues on #9! Looking Sharp!!Fireman's side trucks and fuel tank were painted.The catwalks between the engin...
08/01/2021

The work continues on #9! Looking Sharp!!

Fireman's side trucks and fuel tank were painted.

The catwalks between the engines were also painted.

Hot off the press!!!!
07/28/2021

Hot off the press!!!!

Hot off the press!!!!

Thank you for posting this New York Transit Museum.
07/27/2021

Thank you for posting this New York Transit Museum.

The Transit Museum mourns the loss of Mike Hanna who passed away last week. It is not hyperbole to say that without Mike Hanna there wouldn't be a New York Transit Museum. While many people are aware that Mike is the primary person responsible for our vintage fleet, the lengths to which he went to preserve this irreplaceable piece of New York history is, in every sense of the phrase, the stuff of legend. The Transit Museum will be forever grateful to Mike Hanna, we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends, and we promise to remain steadfast guardians of the gifts he left us.

The work continues on #9!Testing of the Low voltage generator. It Works!!The front,steps and trucks also needle scaled a...
07/26/2021

The work continues on #9!

Testing of the Low voltage generator. It Works!!

The front,steps and trucks also needle scaled and painted.

#9 is looking better than ever!

We'll be having some special events with #9 very soon!

Any suggestions?????

Photos from Trolley Museum of New York's post
07/24/2021

Photos from Trolley Museum of New York's post

My name is Erik Garces, and I am the president of the Trolley Museum of New York. I would like to share something with y...
07/22/2021

My name is Erik Garces, and I am the president of the Trolley Museum of New York. I would like to share something with you now. This will be long, but to do the man justice, I cannot tell it quickly. My friend Mike Hanna was 90 when he passed last night after a prolonged illness.

In everyone’s life there’s usually someone (or if you’re really lucky – more than one) outside your family that one calls a mentor. Often older, this person helps you in career, or outside endeavors, as they offer advice and open doors for you. I have been very blessed to have had a man like Mike as such a friend.

Mike Hanna started working in the subway in 1950 at age 19 and rose from entry level union member in Car Equipment Department, to the last man to hold the title of Assistant General Superintendent. When he retired in 1995 at Coney Island Overhaul Shops after 46 years he didn’t leave however.

Every Tuesday for another 15+ years Mike led a team of volunteers in restoring a large portion of the NY Transit Museum’s fleet. But this story goes deeper than that. Now, that he’s finally caught that train he missed, I can share with you some of the adventures.

Today, there are a handful of major cities with transit systems which maintain either a museum or a small fleet of vintage railcars for special occasions and to demonstrate living history for future generations. NYC was the first and in large part because of Mike Hanna.

In the mid 1970’s run up to the NYC Subway’s 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee a fellow who was in management by the name of Don Harold proposed to use the decommissioned station at Court Street in Brooklyn as a public exhibit of transit technology and history. The gift shop would raise funds for it’s expenses selling what the Authority was prepared to toss as junk, but to railfans was gold. And it would be staffed by qualified volunteers from the ranks of employees.

The jewels of the collection were a small fleet of ancient subway cars that Mike had been hiding in various places around the system for over a decade. Using tricks like smudging the car numbers on paperwork, storing cars on the ends of congested tracks in the far corners of yards and even in unused tunnels at times, Mike had amassed a significant number of cars from as old as 1902. In a few cases, there were whole trains of them.

The Transit Exhibit proved so popular that it became permanent, the fleet so beloved that excursions were run on weekends, and to this day. All of which was possible because of Mike Hanna.

I met Mike in 1987 when I was young, and my career in Transit was still in Car Equipment Dept. Mike had a love affair with trolley cars and with none being left in the system, he’d been involved with the Trolley Museum of New York where he was president at the time. It was he that brought me in there and where today, I am now president. I still work in the subway, though in RTO but my memories of Mike’s stories are still vivid.

When he got involved with the Trolley Museum, in I am told 1962, the South Brooklyn Railway freight tracks still ran down the center of McDonald Avenue, under the Culver Line, right outside of Coney Island Yards. They’d been using diesel engines but the original trolley wire for electric locomotives was still strung up, though disconnected.

Using his ingenuity, Mike somehow managed to jumper the nearest third rail in the yard to the overhead trolley wire where he, Everett White the Museum’s first president, and Frank Voyticky from the Trolley Museum were running a handful of the Museum’s cars up and down McDonald Avenue on Sunday evenings when no one was around. Two of those cars are still in our collection. I would love to find some of the photos that exist out there.

The man had his fingers in so many different pies; he shoveled coal on steam engines at a tourist railroad in Connecticut for fun. Mike was in the Army reserves and operated freight trains during call ups where they moved munitions. Then there was the Transit Museum and the Trolley Museum, not to mention raising a family and married to the same woman the whole time; who must be a saint for putting up with all that.

I drove out to Mike’s house a few times to schlep him up to the Trolley Museum in recent years. He remained President Emeritus and always wanted to check on progress there. The round trip actually would be the best part of the day since that’s when you’d get those stories. He had beaten cancer, and was frail at this point, being his late 80’s. I felt honored that the family let me have him for the day. Or perhaps they knew that telling Mike “no” wasn’t going to work.

I last saw Mike aboard the Holiday Train of IND R1 through R9 cars that the NY Transit Museum operates annually on Sundays from Thanksgiving to New Years. I was blessed to be the conductor for the last two seasons it ran and Mike would come on the train early and ride a few trips. Though he was from Brooklyn, and presumably a BMT car class would have been his favorite; it was those cars which he adored. And so much so, that he brought one up to the Trolley Museum of all places where he was about halfway done restoring it. Our team of volunteers has picked up the torch and it’s seen more progress since, having actually run under it’s own power for the first time in decades last spring.

I have a lot to be thankful for from Mike, and you do too. So whenever you see one of the old train or trolley cars in a photo, video or in person, remember him. He was one of us.

It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Mike Hanna, President Emeritus of the Trolley ...
07/22/2021

It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Mike Hanna, President Emeritus of the Trolley Museum of New York, and cherished friend to so many, passed away last night.

Mike worked passionately and tirelessly throughout his life to support the preservation and restoration of historic transit equipment, and it is largely because of him we now have the New York Transit Museum.

Born in 1931, Mike celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year.

He began his long and prosperous career with the New York City Transit Authority in 1950.

After retiring in 1995, Mike continued working at Coney Island Yard every Tuesday evening for another 15+ years leading a team of dedicated volunteers working on the restoration of museum subway cars.

Viewing:
Friday, July 23, 2021
2:00PM-4:00PM, 7:00PM-9:00PM

Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home
34 Hempstead Avenue (Corner of Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Funeral Mass:
Saturday, July 24, 2021
11:00AM

Our Lady of Peace Church
25 Fowler Avenue
Lynbrook, NY 11563

It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Mike Hanna, President Emeritus of the Trolley Museum of New York, and cherished friend to so many, passed away last night.

Mike worked passionately and tirelessly throughout his life to support the preservation and restoration of historic transit equipment, and it is largely because of him we now have the New York Transit Museum.

Born in 1931, Mike celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year.

He began his long and prosperous career with the New York City Transit Authority in 1950.

After retiring in 1995, Mike continued working at Coney Island Yard every Tuesday evening for another 15+ years leading a team of dedicated volunteers working on the restoration of museum subway cars.

Viewing:
Friday, July 23, 2021
2:00PM-4:00PM, 7:00PM-9:00PM

Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home
34 Hempstead Avenue (Corner of Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Funeral Mass:
Saturday, July 24, 2021
11:00AM

Our Lady of Peace Church
25 Fowler Avenue
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Well done NJ TRANSIT, well done!
07/21/2021

Well done NJ TRANSIT, well done!

Yesterday was the final day at the throttle for Mr. Frank Strunk, the last NJ TRANSIT employee to have worked for the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Mr. Strunk retired with 53 years of service under his belt. The folks at NJT thoughtfully brought the CNJ 4109 over to the Raritan Valley Line for this very special occasion. Funny enough, Mr. Strunk and the 4109 both started their CNJ careers in 1968. 53 years and they both still look right at home. Congratulations Mr. Strunk!

Photo thanks to Jose Rendon

Some photos of last weekend.
07/20/2021

Some photos of last weekend.

07/20/2021

On July 19, 1967, the first air-conditioned cars in the NY subway system went into service. The new R38's were tested on the F line. Six cars were placed into the systems on that inaugural day.

Those new R38's used a stone safety air conditioning system, adapted from the same company’s standard railroad coach air conditioning system for subways cars.

The air conditioning feature added $40,000 on top of the cost for other cars, but once New Yorkers got a taste, they would never want to go back.

5 Train Routes in the U.S. You Can't Ignore
07/13/2021
5 Train Routes in the U.S. You Can't Ignore

5 Train Routes in the U.S. You Can't Ignore

Next time you’re planning to take a vacation, why not invest a bit more time and make the journey part of the adventure? Ditch the airport in favor of traveling by rail and you’ll be surprised at just how much more you’ll see. Here are five train routes in the U.S. you just can’t ignore. Pac...

Photos from Reading & Northern Railroad Police's post
07/13/2021

Photos from Reading & Northern Railroad Police's post

#9 is coming along nicely! Thanks to our Trustee Will Willsey.
07/11/2021

#9 is coming along nicely! Thanks to our Trustee Will Willsey.

07/03/2021

Members, check out this new member benefit! In 2021, visit one or more of the museums listed and enjoy special admission discounts for you and your family.

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Creative garden train!!!
07/02/2021

Creative garden train!!!

Photos from New York Transit Museum's post
06/26/2021

Photos from New York Transit Museum's post

Photos from Buckinghamshire Railway Centre's post
06/20/2021

Photos from Buckinghamshire Railway Centre's post

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We are The Trolley Museum of New York, founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1955 with four trolley cars and a desire to share the rich history of rail transport and the role it played in American history. In 1983, the museum moved upstate into its current home, at the renovated Ulster & Delaware Railroad yard in Kingston.

Our museum hosts a growing collection of trolleys, subway cars, and railroad equipment, several which have historical significance, such as the Port Authority Trans Hudson PA-1 commuter car no. 143, which survived the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. We run excursions on a 1.5 mile rail line along the Hudson River waterfront, from T.R. Gallo Park on Broadway and East Strand Street to Kingston Point Park.

With a renewed vision and dedication to the Museum as a whole, we aim to share with the general public the rich history of passenger transportation that our museum's founders worked so diligently to preserve over 60 years ago.

You can read a more in-depth summary of our history here at tmny.org/learnmore.

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This past Saturday was a picture perfect day for a visit to the Trolley Museum of New York.
This is where I am taking my dad tomorrow for FATHERS DAY---cant wait
This looks a wonderful museum of vintage trolley equipment. When the Covid-19 pandemic is finally over - whenever that might be - and you're able to visit the British Isles again, be sure to visit the Isle of Man, which is a British self-governing crown dependency in the middle of the Irish Sea and technically outside the UK while being part of Great Britain and has its own Tynwald parliament with Norse Viking origins. As well as being famous for the (usually) annual TT motorcycle races, the island has some unique heritage railways run by the Isle of Man Government - including the 17-mile Manx Electric Railway running along the east coast from Douglas (the island's capital and ferry port) to the northern town of Ramsey via the picturesque village of Laxey. Built between 1893 and 1899 to 3ft gauge and with more similarities to USA interurban lines than UK tram lines, the railway still has a wonderful fleet of its original tramcars and toastrack and closed saloon trailers from that era running through beautiful scenic landscapes of clifftops, glens and mountain valleys around sharp curves and steep gradients. Moreover at Laxey the coastal MER connects with the electric Snaefell Mountain Railway, also operated by Isle of Man Transport and which is a 3ft 6in gauge, five-mile line climbing to the island's highest point, the 2,036ft Snaefell (Norse for 'Snow Mountain'). On a clear day the views extend to the coasts and mountains of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Again this railway has original cars dating from 1895, when the mountain railway's spectacular course up the side of the Laxey valley and around the upper slopes of the mountain was built in just seven months. At Douglas the Manx Electric Railway's Derby Castle terminus is connected to the town centre and sea terminal by one of only two still operational original horse tramways in the world, the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, opened in 1876 and inspired by USA practice at a time when the authorities in mainland Britain had been resistant to the idea of street tramways as 'injuring the highways'. Like the MER this tramway is 3ft gauge and runs the length of Douglas's attractive beachfront promenades. Its ownership and operation has only recently been taken over by the Isle of Man Government, which as well as the MER and Snaefell Mountain Railways also operates the 15-mile, 3ft gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway with its lovely collection of Victorian and Edwardian steam locomotives and carriages dating from 1873-1926. Here is a scene of a typical Manx Electric train on the Bulgham Bay cliffs, where on a clear day views extend across 35 miles of open Irish Sea to the coast and mountains of Cumbria and England's famous Lake District.
Great to visit today!
Please join the Kingston Trolley Museum of New York for our Halloween celebration! We will be running Halloween for kids of all ages. Saturday, October 31st, 2020 from 12pm to 8pm. All children wearing costumes will receive candy. This will truly be a great fun time. Spooky Halloween music will be played and families can come have a great Halloween to remember! 🕷️🎭🎃🍬 Please make sure to wear a protective mask to stop the spread of Covid. For your peace of mind we are sanitizing in between each run. Thank you and can't wait to see you all there. Art done by Ahad Hudson
To help recruit volunteers in the museum, I am making this offer: I am an electrical engineer assisting with the resurrection of the Bay Ridge model railroad layout in the museum. I will teach anyone interested, and willing to help, the art of electrical soldering and motor wiring, and other related technology. Especially needed are teaching professionals who will learn the techniques and then work with youth volunteers who may need a little guidance. We already have sections of the track operating, and hope to construct a larger layout complete with switches, tower controls, and even auxiliary digital control. This is a perfect opportunity for train lovers to help bring this wonderful museum through these stressful times. And as always, additional trolley operators are needed. My fond hope, as a Science educator, is that the museum can host small exhibits on the technology of electric and hybrid transportation vehicles, which will ultimately migrate to a Science Museum in the Kingston area. In this effort too, I will be happy to meet any interested volunteers and teach what I know. I can be found in the museum during most weekend afternoons, or through facebook messenger. All the Best, -John
You have one of the PATH's PA-1 trailer cars, maybe you ought to see about getting one of their retired PA-4 cars as well sometime...
Will the Trolley Museum of New York be open on Sunday,March 22, 2020 to coincide with the Kingston Train Show @ Murphy Midtown Center? If so,what are the operating hours?
Hello, do you happen to know what this structure off the East Strand is? It is close to the trolley tracks and I am wondering if it might be related?