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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Open with service changes

09/27/2020
London Transport Museum
09/12/2020

London Transport Museum

It was great to see Transport for London's Commissioner Andy Byford first in line to welcome back our visitors when we reopened last Monday. When donating to our appeal, Andy said "The Museum is one of the jewels in TfL’s crown, one that we must do everything to protect” ltmuseum.co.uk/support-us

09/12/2020
Bay Area Rapid Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit

The train car known as BART Car 1208 arrived in Hayward on March 26, 1973, brand-spanking new, just six months after the Bay Area Rapid Transit system opened.

Car 1208 carried millions of riders over the next half-century, until mechanical and structural problems landed it on the list of the first 15 old train cars to be decommissioned. BART is ramping up retirement of old cars as more new Fleet of the Future cars are delivered.

Most of the old cars, including Car 1208, will be scrapped for spare parts and sustainable recycling; a few will be set aside for offer to the public for uses like museums, artwork or training.

Full article can be read: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200903-0

The vast majority of BART’s existing fleet of around 650 cars will go through a process just like Car 1208 did. Crews at the Hayward Maintenance Yard took apart Car 1208 for spare parts, disposed all hazardous materials and sent the car to Schnitzer Steel at the Port of Oakland for shredding.

BART will be giving the public a chance to have a part of BART history and help in this circle of train car life.

In the coming months, BART’s Government and Community Relations staff will fan out across the region doing outreach to museums, history centers, other agencies that might want retired cars for first responder training, arts organizations and other groups from throughout the community. A formal request for proposals will be issued in January; at this time, you may informally express interest by emailing [email protected] with your ideas. Some of the suggestions so far have been to use the cars for public artwork, for tiny homes, for food trucks; or even pop-up retail spaces.

09/11/2020
Great to see the London Transport Museum has reopened! A wonderful museum to visit when you are in London!
09/09/2020

Great to see the London Transport Museum has reopened! A wonderful museum to visit when you are in London!

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are at hand to explain the new measures we have put in place to ensure that you safely enjoy your visit with us! You can also refer to our FAQs page to help you plan your visit ltmuseum.co.uk/visit#FAQ

56 years ago today, the R-32's entered service. 56 years of service is unheard of for subway cars. 6-8 trains of R-32’s ...
09/09/2020

56 years ago today, the R-32's entered service. 56 years of service is unheard of for subway cars.

6-8 trains of R-32’s can be seen in service daily on the J line.

What is your favorite subway car type?

New York Transit Museum

More trolley madness! Our visitors were in for a nice treat today as our volunteers moved some of our trolleys in the co...
09/06/2020

More trolley madness! Our visitors were in for a nice treat today as our volunteers moved some of our trolleys in the collection throughout the yard. Visitors got a glimpse of some of our collection, including our Brussels tram no. 1504 and our Gothenburg tram no. 79. Please enjoy these photos, taken by Travis Gorham and Arjun Lal.

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Trolleys, galore! Some of our historic pieces in the collection come out of the barn as our volunteers perform a car swa...
09/05/2020

Trolleys, galore! Some of our historic pieces in the collection come out of the barn as our volunteers perform a car swap early this afternoon. Come on in and grab a chance to see such gems as our Brooklyn and Queens Transit PCC car no. 1000 and our Oslo Holmenkolbanen tram no. 3. Gates open until 5:00pm.

Photos: Travis Gorham and Arjun Lal.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #rondoutwaterfront #pcc #trolley #tram #b&qt #brooklynandqueenstransit #holmenkolbanen #oslo

B&QT “Clark” PCC 1000 sees some sunlight today. This rare car is getting some much needed TLC this weekend. This car ran...
09/05/2020

B&QT “Clark” PCC 1000 sees some sunlight today. This rare car is getting some much needed TLC this weekend. This car ran in Brooklyn for 20 years, and has been in our collection for 64 years!

Photos by Travis Gorham

Nice work Twin Forks Chapter- NRHS!
08/31/2020

Nice work Twin Forks Chapter- NRHS!

Yesterday, we went out to finally start lettering our C-63 and C-64. We recieved the letters a few weeks ago and finally got time to go out and do it! We started by powerwashing the cars(they really needed a good bath). After powerwashing, we started applyint the letters. They are just about done now, they just need their numbers! After we finished the lettering on the two cabooses, we also powerwashed the B&M car to get all the loose paint and grime off of it. It looks a little better, but still needs work done.

CLOSURE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - 8/29/2020The Trolley Museum of New York will be closed tommorow, August 29th, due to ...
08/28/2020

CLOSURE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - 8/29/2020

The Trolley Museum of New York will be closed tommorow, August 29th, due to inclement weather, and will reopen on Sunday, August 30th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you happen to be in the Kingston area this evening, come and enjoy a relaxing ride along the waterfront! Friday Night...
08/28/2020

If you happen to be in the Kingston area this evening, come and enjoy a relaxing ride along the waterfront! Friday Night rides going on now. You won’t regret it!

Photo: Travis Gorham.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork

08/21/2020

Due to a shortage of available volunteers, we are sorry to report that the museum will not open this evening.

The Trolley Museum of New York is a 100% volunteer operation. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused, and we encourage anyone interested in volunteering to reach out to us so this doesn’t happen again.

Today is #NationalNonProfitDay! Did you know that the #trolleymuseumofnewyork  is a 501c3 non-profit organization?Please...
08/18/2020
Trolley Museum of New York

Today is #NationalNonProfitDay!
Did you know that the #trolleymuseumofnewyork is a 501c3 non-profit organization?

Please consider making a gift to show your support and help the Trolley Museum of New York continue the story we started back in 1955.

PATH car 143, saved from the ruins of the World Trade Center attack, is to become the centerpiece of a new 9/11 exhibit here at the Trolley Museum.

Check out our friends at the London Transport Museum.
08/15/2020

Check out our friends at the London Transport Museum.

When it was introduced, the 1938-Stock was the most advanced electric tube train in the world. Both the traction and electrical equipment were housed beneath the floor which allowed for the whole train length to be used by passengers.

This is one of four cars that form a fully operational 1938-Tube stock unit, which you can see up close when you visit our Museum Depot with your family next week. ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/depot-summer

08/13/2020
A 24 year old transit fan in Canada bought a TTC CLRV streetcar. Kind of how we got our start in the 50’s with individua...
07/31/2020
Track of dreams: 24-year-old transit fan buys himself an old TTC streetcar

A 24 year old transit fan in Canada bought a TTC CLRV streetcar. Kind of how we got our start in the 50’s with individual members buying cars.

Good of Toronto Transit Commission to do this.

Decommissioned Canadian Light Rail Vehicle 4187 will be the last of its kind to leave the TTC’s property Friday. It’s bound for the family farm of Ale...

Come and join us tomorrow evening (July 31st) for one of our Friday night rides! End your week with calm and relaxing ri...
07/30/2020

Come and join us tomorrow evening (July 31st) for one of our Friday night rides! End your week with calm and relaxing ride along the Hudson River on the trolley. Our first trip departs Gallo Park at 5:30pm.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us out. If you would like to volunteer during tomorrow evening’s trolley rides, please let us know. As always, we appreciate your support!

Photo: Aahd Tahar.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #trolleyrides #hudsonriver #kingstonwaterfront #rondoutwaterfront

New York Transit Museum
07/29/2020

New York Transit Museum

Manufactured by the American Car and Foundry Company for IND and BMT lines, R-16 subway cars entered service on the BMT #15 route (today's J line) in January of 1955. Sporting multiple paint schemes throughout their service life, these cars were first delivered in a kale green paint color, with two cars painted in gold for the subway’s 50th Anniversary. Similar to R-15 and R-17 cars, R-16 cars were larger models and featured porthole-styled windows. In addition, they included electrically operated door motors. After their first year in service, some cars were transferred to A train service during the IND Rockaway line’s opening.

Although planned to be phased out in 1977, R-16 cars remained in service until the 1980s, with the last cars retiring in 1987. Today, car #6387 remains a treasured part of our vintage fleet. Learn more about our historic train cars and buses at nytransitmuseum.org/vintagefleet.

Paradise for Rail Buffs
07/27/2020
Paradise for Rail Buffs

Paradise for Rail Buffs

Railroad and trolley museums offer a chance to get up close and personal with amazing machines.

Our very hard-working volunteers spent much of yesterday working on track work on the museum grounds. Their Herculean ef...
07/26/2020

Our very hard-working volunteers spent much of yesterday working on track work on the museum grounds. Their Herculean efforts to complete this work went on well after the sun went down. A huge thanks to all of those who took part! Photos: Travis Gorham.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #trackwork #ourvolunteers #thankyou @ Kingston, New York

42d Street Shuttle: Cars for Reviled Line
07/17/2020
42d Street Shuttle: Cars for Reviled Line

42d Street Shuttle: Cars for Reviled Line

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Our opening day weekend was an instant success! We want to thank all of our volunteers who took part, as well as our vis...
07/15/2020

Our opening day weekend was an instant success! We want to thank all of our volunteers who took part, as well as our visitors who came by to support us and had a good time. Here are pictures taken by our volunteers Bryan Batchelor and Travis Gorham of this past weekend. Our volunteers also worked on beautifying our mainline over the last couple of days.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork @ Kingston, New York

Twin Forks Chapter- NRHS
07/14/2020

Twin Forks Chapter- NRHS

At Twin Forks, we don't just do restoration work on our own equipment. This past weekend, Our Vice President, Gerard, and one of his friends, and member of Twin Forks, Jordan Torregrosa, went to the Gray Granite Rail Road in Glastonbury, Connecticut to work on two ex Long Island N22a cabooses. The two cabooses (56 and 61) were saved from scrap(Literally) within 30 minutes of being shipped out. Now restoration work has started. The railroad put all new steps on them and has gutted the interiors. They plan to turn the two into coaches and paint them into a dark green color with a Burgundy stripe below the windows. We are very happy to see that these two were saved from the cutting torch. Each photograph will have its own caption to describe what Gerard and Jordan were doing.

It’s official! We are opening our doors beginning tomorrow at noon, rain or shine! We ask all of our visitors to take sa...
07/11/2020

It’s official! We are opening our doors beginning tomorrow at noon, rain or shine!

We ask all of our visitors to take safety precautions when visiting us this weekend. Keep a social distance of at least six feet and wear a mask. This way, everyone can enjoy a weekend out woth family and friends. We hope to see you all here soon!

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork

07/07/2020
Metra

Metra

Take the driver's seat in our #MetraRideAlong video series! Find entire videos on our YouTube page: youtube.com/metra

See the USS Slater pass Kingston today! Safe travels to our friends!
07/05/2020

See the USS Slater pass Kingston today! Safe travels to our friends!

Listed below are the approximate arrival times for USS SLATER on her trek down the Hudson River.

0900 Castleton
0930 Coeymans
1015 Coxsackie
1115 Hudson
1130 Rip Van Winkle Bridge
1140 Catskill
1255 Saugerties
1345 Kingston
1415 Kingston Point
1500 Norrie Point
1600 Mid Hudson Bridge - Poughkeepsie
1700 Marlboro
1745 Newburgh
1830 Cold Spring
1845 West Point
1930 Peeksill
2000 Verplank
2230 Yonkers

* All times are approximate, we cannot guarantee any arrival time.

We would like to take this moment to wish everyone a happy 4th of July! While we would’ve started our 2020 season this w...
07/04/2020

We would like to take this moment to wish everyone a happy 4th of July! While we would’ve started our 2020 season this weekend, we want to ensure that our visitors continue to be safe. As implementation of Phase 4 in Ulster County is delayed, this gives us extra time to be ready so that we can provide a safe and healthy experience for you and your family!

Our tentative reopening date will be next Saturday, July 11 at noon. We will keep everyone posted on new developments in the upcoming days.

Photo: Travis Gorham.

Happy Birthday to our friends at the New York Transit Museum!
07/04/2020

Happy Birthday to our friends at the New York Transit Museum!

It’s our birthday! #OnThisDay in 1976, a group of New York City Transit employees opened the New York City Transit Exhibition, as a part of the United States Bicentennial celebrations. Over fifteen different vintage subway and elevated cars, and a variety of exhibits dedicated to the rich and sprawling history of mass transit in New York were displayed in our beloved Court Street station that had been decommissioned 30 years earlier. The exhibit was only intended to last a few months but proved to be so popular that its run was continually extended.

In 1989, the Transit Exhibit was officially established as the New York Transit Museum, and in 1995 Friends of the New York Transit Museum, a 501c3 non-profit organization was established to promote and raise funds for the Museum’s operations, exhibits, and programming. As we mark our 44th Anniversary, we know it would not have been possible without the support of you – our visitors, who turned a temporary exhibition into the thriving cultural institution we are today.

What is your favorite memory made at the #NYTransitMuseum?

Best of luck to our friends at the USS Slater as they head from Albany to Staten Island this weekend for some restoratio...
06/30/2020
Spectacular WWII Warship To Sail Down Hudson River This Weekend

Best of luck to our friends at the USS Slater as they head from Albany to Staten Island this weekend for some restoration work. See the historic ship as she sails down the Hudson!

A historic warship will be traveling through the Hudson Valley.

A little over a week until opening day! Can’t wait to see you at the museum!
06/25/2020

A little over a week until opening day! Can’t wait to see you at the museum!

06/15/2020

BIG NEWS!

As the State of New York relaxes some restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate tentatively opening our doors to the public on Saturday, July 4th at 12:00pm noon, unless otherwise announced.

We will update everyone as new developments arise.

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89 E Strand St
Kingston, NY
12401

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(845) 331-3399

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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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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?
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.