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Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Railway Museum

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The Danbury Railway Museum is a railway museum housed in the former Union Station on the east end of downtown Danbury, Connecticut, United … See more

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Jan 7, 2023
They offer lots of information and interesting displays. There is something for kids and adults but those who will most enjoy this are those who like to read the informative signs. The two cars outsi… Full review by tweedybird26
Dec 20, 2020
Not only is it a good historical museum, but also provides an actual train ride on a restored steam powered unit. Conductors act very much in character and the entire staff is friendly. Highly Recomm… Full review by Who C
Jul 4, 2020
A real gem in Danbury!!! A wonderful collection of equipment both inside and outside. The gentlemen on site were very knowledgeable and helpful. Most of the equipment outside seems to be in "as found… Full review by Chuck52310

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The Danbury Railway Museum is housed in the former Union Station on the east end of downtown Danbury, Connecticut, United States. It was established in the mid-1990s following the closure of the station by Metro-North Railroad, and primarily focuses on the history of railroading in southern New England and neighbouring New York. In addition to the former station building, the museum has a collection of heritage railcars in the neighboring railyard it shares with Metro-North. The station was built in 1903 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in response to local pressure for a new station after the three railroads that served the city were merged into the New Haven. At its peak period 125 trains stopped there in a day. In 1993 that had dwindled to a few commuter trains, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which by then owned the neglected building, closed it in favor of a newer station on the other side of the block. Within two years the museum was formed and restored the station to its former appearance. It is architecturally distinctive, with Colonial Revival touches on a Richardsonian Romanesque structure. Alfred Hitchcock filmed station scenes for Strangers on a Train on its distinctive curved platform. In 1986, prior to the museum's use of the building, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was joined on the Register in 2005 by the former turntable, the only intact one in the state.
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