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.
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New sign for the museum grounds this season.
02/14/2020

New sign for the museum grounds this season.

New York Transit Museum
02/12/2020

New York Transit Museum

This is the last stop on this train!

Today, R-42 subway cars made their final trip, ending more than 50 years of service in New York City. Thank you to MTA New York City Transit and everyone who joined us for the final run of this beloved fleet. Farewell, R-42s!

Photos: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit.

4901 reflecting on its long life in NYC and looking forward to its new life.
02/07/2020

4901 reflecting on its long life in NYC and looking forward to its new life.

Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club
02/01/2020

Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club

And so it begins.....

Reassembling the layout has begun!

Our Mission: To educate people on the importance of transit in the development of modern urban society and to help conti...
01/20/2020

Our Mission: To educate people on the importance of transit in the development of modern urban society and to help contimue to build and unite our community.

#drmartinlutherkingjr #unity #mission #goals #dreams #ihaveadream #oneworld #tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork

We are seeing reports that SEPTA will be making the Route 15 “temporary bus” a week from today.  It is said that the PCC...
01/18/2020

We are seeing reports that SEPTA will be making the Route 15 “temporary bus” a week from today. It is said that the PCC-II cars are having numerous issues, and there are barely enough running to make service.

Whatever the case, get down there and ride these classics before they are no more!

If you’re in Downtown Brooklyn, be sure to check out the “Reign of the Redbirds” exhibit at the New York Transit Museum....
01/14/2020

If you’re in Downtown Brooklyn, be sure to check out the “Reign of the Redbirds” exhibit at the New York Transit Museum. Our friends over there have done a great job creating the exhibit.

“Reign of the Redbirds” opens tomorrow! Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the debut of the R-26 cars, our “Reign of the Redbirds” exhibit tells the story of nine subway car types that became as synonymous with New York City as the subway token.

Delivered between 1959 and 1964, these subway cars collectively came to be known as “Redbirds”— because of the color they were painted from 1984 until retirement in 2003 in an effort to combat subway car graffiti. Between 1959 and 2003, nearly 2,000 of them ran on every numbered line and several lettered lines, leaving an indelible mark on public perception of the city and its transit system.

#ReignoftheRedbirds is on view through September 2020. Plan your visit at nytransitmuseum.org/visit.

Did you know Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park will be celebrating the Wonder Wheel’s 100th birthday this year! What’s ...
01/12/2020

Did you know Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park will be celebrating the Wonder Wheel’s 100th birthday this year! What’s the Brooklyn Trolley connection? A turnstile that was used on a Brooklyn trolley car is next to the Wonder Wheel by the restrooms. Check it out when the park reopens in the Spring!

01/12/2020

Hey NEATO! Don’t forget us!

TMNY

As with any transit / trolley museum, one important part of continued growth and development is cooperation and a good w...
01/11/2020

As with any transit / trolley museum, one important part of continued growth and development is cooperation and a good working relationship between the museum and various agencies.

We would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our partners in preservation.

In the last few years, we have worked together with several agencies, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Amtran (Altoona), Translite, and most recently MTA New York City Transit.

When NYC Transit retired their legendary RTS Buses in May 2019, several museum trustees began working with NYC Transit to try and have one preserved. That vision became a reality in August 2019 when RTS #4901 joined our family.

A special thank you to NYC Transit President Andy Byford for seeing the value of preserving our Transit history, and allowing us to be part of it.

Reassembly of the Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club layout begins this month at their new home at our museum. We still have ...
01/02/2020
Click here to support Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club organized by Mark Wolodarsky

Reassembly of the Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club layout begins this month at their new home at our museum.

We still have a long road ahead of us. Please consider donating. Anything large or small helps.

We are also looking for rolling stock to replace the many pieces that were “claimed” by the family of a former member.

Mark Wolodarsky Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club The Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club was given notice to vacate the premises that they have occupied for over 70 ye

We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year 2020!#tmny #trolleymuseumny #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #happynewy...
01/01/2020

We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year 2020!

#tmny #trolleymuseumny #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #happynewyear

01/01/2020
While we are enjoying our winter hiatus, there is plenty happening in NYC today! Car 103 makes its debut (After 40 years...
12/29/2019

While we are enjoying our winter hiatus, there is plenty happening in NYC today! Car 103 makes its debut (After 40 years) on the holiday train!

From all of us here at the Trolley Museum of New York, we’d like to wish you all a happy and beautiful holiday season. P...
12/25/2019

From all of us here at the Trolley Museum of New York, we’d like to wish you all a happy and beautiful holiday season.

Photo: Aahd Tahar.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #happyholidays #merrychristmas #happychanukah #happykwanzaa

12/23/2019

Hello friends! Many exciting things will be happening at the museum this winter. New displays are in the works. Work on reassembling the Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club layout will begin shortly.

One thing the museum will need is some additional space. We are looking for anyone who is interested in donating a mid size or larger camper trailer or RV that is in decent shape. It would be utilized as office space and a crew facility for our volunteers.

If there are any leads, please respond here, or message us.

Oh, and Happy Festivus!!

Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust
12/19/2019

Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust

NEXT MAJOR SECTION ORDERED - The PRR T1 Trust is excited to announce we have ordered the next major section of the boiler, the Smokebox. This is a very important part of the combustion/exhaust cycle of a boiler. We will provide updates on construction and attachment to boiler in coming weeks. We ask for your help to raise the funds to complete the next phase of boiler, the exterior of the firebox. We have raised over half of the $150,000 needed and we need your help to get us over the finish line. You can donate on here or visit our website for many options including becoming a monthly donor. Ever dollar helps. www.t1trust.com

It’s that time again! Today’s #givingtuesday ! Please consider donating to the museum. No donation’s too big, nor too sm...
12/03/2019

It’s that time again! Today’s #givingtuesday ! Please consider donating to the museum. No donation’s too big, nor too small. Your support helps us continue to provide everyone with beautiful and educational trolley rides along the waterfront. It also helps keep all businesses along the trolley line in Downtown Kingston together. Visit tmny.org/donate for more information.

Photo: Aahd Tahar.

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Great news! Our ex-NYCT RTS #4901 is ready to be picked up. The shop that worked on her says they can’t believe how good...
11/29/2019

Great news! Our ex-NYCT RTS #4901 is ready to be picked up.

The shop that worked on her says they can’t believe how good she is underneath. Everything is like new.

We hope to have her up in at the museum in the next week or two.

11/27/2019

We’re open for Sinterklaas! Join us this Saturday, November 30 and ride the trolley! Bring the whole family! We’ll see you there!

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #sinterklaas #rondoutwaterfront #kingstonwaterfront

11/20/2019

Check out the SS Columbia Project! We can’t wait for them to come up to Kingston!

11/19/2019

Did you know that in Coney Island, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park has a turnstile that was preciously used on a Brooklyn Trolley Car? It is by the base of the historic Wonder Wheel, and is still in use by patrons using the park restrooms. The turnstile has been in use in Coney Island longer than it was on a trolley! History is all over, as long as you know where to look!!

4901 update: Our ex NYC Transit RTS #4901 patiently waits it’s turn in the shop for some TLC. We are hoping to have her ...
11/19/2019

4901 update:

Our ex NYC Transit RTS #4901 patiently waits it’s turn in the shop for some TLC. We are hoping to have her up at the museum soon!

Stay tuned!

TMNY continues to grow thanks to our valuable volunteers who put in countless hours in maintaining, repairing, and runni...
11/05/2019

TMNY continues to grow thanks to our valuable volunteers who put in countless hours in maintaining, repairing, and running our mixed fleet of trolleys, subway cars, and buses.

Here we have (from left to right) Alexander Karnes, Travis Gorham, Aahd Tahar, and Giovanni Rescigno with our 1897 Holmenkolbanen tram car no. 3. These gentlemen are some of the volunteers responsible for making the 2019 season a very memorable one. We thank them and all of our volunteers for their hard work.

Photo: Alexander Karnes.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #oslo #oslonorway #holmenkollbanen

11/05/2019

Electric Traction at TMNY, Continued.

Here is a other clip of our 1897 Oslo tram car no. 3 takes on 600 Volts, moving some 20 feet on our shop track. This marks the first time in decades that no. 3 runs under its own power. Excellent work by our exceptional group of volunteers!

Video clip by Aahd Tahar.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #oslo #oslonorway #holmenkollbanen

11/05/2019

Electric Traction at TMNY

For the first time in decades, our 1897 Oslo tram car no. 3 takes on 600 Volts, moving several feet on our shop track.

Says one of our volunteers, Alexander Karnes, “After rigorously checking and performing repairs to this car, Giovanni Rescigno and I undertook a high speed work campaign to make 600 volts DC using two 300 volt rectifiers and moved the car under its own power. This is the first time any electric equipment has run in this museum in its history in Kingston NY, and it is the oldest piece of equipment in the museum.

“The car took two twenty-hour work days to get moving. I am very proud of Travis Gorham and Ahad Tahar who stayed up with us until 2:00am to finish the work and then learn from us how to correctly handle the controllers.”

The quest for electrification is very near! We thank you for your continuous support!

Video clip by Alexander Karnes.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #oslo #oslonorway #holmenkollbanen

On the edge of glory, awakening after 25 years of restoration work. Led by one of our star volunteers, Giovanni Rescigno...
11/04/2019

On the edge of glory, awakening after 25 years of restoration work.

Led by one of our star volunteers, Giovanni Rescigno, no. 6398 gets 600-Volt repairs and testing inside the shop building at the museum. This is the first time since 1989 that no. 6398 spends time indoors; the last time was at the 207th Street Overhaul Shop in New York City.

The motor generator set and compressor motor have also been removed for servicing. Unit and line switches have also all removed and are to be rebuilt.

We want to thank all of the volunteers involved in making this project possible. Your efforts are immensely appreciated!

Bigger things are coming for the 2020 season. Be there.

Photos by Travis Gorham, Giovanni Rescigno, and Aahd Tahar.

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River Rail Photo
11/03/2019

River Rail Photo

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, a very special event was held at the East Broad Top Railroad. After having moved coal for its revenue career, the railroad became a time capsule of the narrow gauge era, operating regular passenger trains and photo freights to visitors. As a result of an abrupt closure in 2011, there have been very few events since. A significant amount of preparation by the Friends of the East Broad Top to bring together a photo event in Orbisonia, PA. Both day and night photo opportunities were presented at the historic roundhouse yard, and station. A great deal of thanks is owed to all of those who made this event possible.

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario
11/03/2019

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Vandalism incident at RMEO

The recent vandalism attack at RMEO was not the first, but certainly one of great upset. Two of our heritage cabooses were broken into, damaging windows/doors and had fire extinguishers discharged. The countless hours spent by our volunteers in restoring and maintaining these railroad cars are rarely seen...but such willful, senseless damage only adds to the tasks we undertake in the name of history.....and the outrage one would feel had their home been invaded. This type of damage requires a thorough and time-consuming cleaning process....at one of our busiest times of the year.

With the advent of the Holiday Season, our preparations for North Pole Express on Nov.23/24 have been ongoing....and will continue....we at RMEO do not associate such a wanton act with our home in Smiths Falls. The consistent and generous support we have received from our thousands of visitors and the Town of Smiths Falls over many years sustains us.

Our in-house surveillance system and the current police investigation will assist us in determining who was involved, leading to the apprehension and conviction of the individual(s).

RMEO will be offering a reward for any information leading to the apprehension of those involved. This act will not deter RMEO from opening our doors and our hearts to our train riders and visitors on Nov.23/24. Please contact the Smiths Falls Police Service or local Crime Stoppers if you have any relevant information. See you on Nov.23/24!

Our Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club  had a nice assortment of rolling stock on display today at the model transit meet in ...
11/03/2019

Our Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club had a nice assortment of rolling stock on display today at the model transit meet in Parsippany. A great time was had by all!

We are on display at the model transit meet today!

Niagara Railway Museum Inc.
10/31/2019
Niagara Railway Museum Inc.

Niagara Railway Museum Inc.

And this is the point I often try to make. WHY keep hitting the railroad sites!? It doesn't matter where in the world the Museum is. If one gets hit, everyone feels it. The volunteers are out countless hours of work, work that they take such great pride in. Someone please tell me where the joy is in causing g such senseless destruction to groups that do all this work for you to enjoy!!

https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/10/east-kent-steam-railway-hit-by-arsonists.html

10/29/2019
Niagara Railway Museum Inc.

Sad update from the Niagara Railway Museum Inc.

We wish them the best in their recovery from this horrible act of vandalism.

What was supposed to be a day of good news for the Museum, but has turned to one of anger and frustration. I give up!! After putting 22 years of my life into the Niagara Railway Museum project, I give up!! The thieves and criminals win. Another attack on the museum, more theft of tools and items necessary for our operation. We are now out thousands in stolen tools and other items. Our cameras were either destroyed or stolen and some of our wiring was cut, but apparently not stolen. So why cut it if you're just going to leave it there. Leave us the hell alone!!

4901 update: Our RTS is in the shop. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with it! It is getting some TLC and scheduled m...
10/28/2019

4901 update:

Our RTS is in the shop. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with it! It is getting some TLC and scheduled maintenance just like it did when it was in service. That way it will continue to operate flawlessly!

4901 and ex-Westchester Bee Line Neoplan Articulated. 10/28/2019

There is always something going on at the Trolley Museum of New York! Yesterday, our buses were moved alongside our barn...
10/27/2019

There is always something going on at the Trolley Museum of New York! Yesterday, our buses were moved alongside our barn where they will be better accessible to our visitors!

Check out these great videos. Hopefully MTA New York City Transit will do the same.
10/14/2019

Check out these great videos. Hopefully MTA New York City Transit will do the same.

The wait is over 🙌🎉🚆! Ride the Rails is now available to stream on our Youtube channel. Experience CTA's eight rail lines in 4k, both real-time and time-lapse! Let's Ride: http://ow.ly/MEJx50wKP5X

Interesting story. Amazing how things have changed from the days of writing a letter to 370 Jay Street Headquarters and ...
10/13/2019
A Look inside the MTA’s Social Media Operations

Interesting story. Amazing how things have changed from the days of writing a letter to 370 Jay Street Headquarters and wondering if you will get a reply.

Many of the tweets are full of anger.

Come on up and experience history and the wonderful views of the Hudson river on board our historic trolley car! We are ...
10/11/2019

Come on up and experience history and the wonderful views of the Hudson river on board our historic trolley car! We are open Saturday & Sunday from 12 PM to 5 PM!

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“Leaving It Better Than We Found It”

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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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?
Have you folks ever seen this?
We had a great time yesterday! Big thanks to Harold for taking the time to answer all of our questions!
Quick ride but very nice view and staff
Happy Birthday Cannen!! What a great birthday party on the trolley! Your Batman birthday cake was yummy! Come have your birthday party on the trolley! No age requirements!! Contact us for more information.
Another successful Bus & Rail Tour of the U & D Corridor, Kingston Point to Roxbury, NY.
Thanks for Saving the Bay Ridge Model Railroad folks, much appreciated.