Trolley Museum of New York, a non-profit
organization, is located at 89 East Strand, Kingston, New
The museum is open to the public on a
seasonal schedule, but volunteer activities relating to the
preservation of historic transit are year-round.
was founded in 1955 in Brooklyn to save some
of the last trolley cars still in New York City.
During the early years of the museum's
existence, it had no permanent home. The growing collection
of trolley and subway cars were stored in various locations, such
Island and northern New Jersey.
On a few occasions until the city took down
the last of the overhead wire
early 1960s, the museum operated a Swedish trolley car on McDonald
Avenue, Brooklyn. The museum also held movie nights for members
in a Peter Witt streetcar at
In 1983 the museum finally found a permanent home in Kingston,
occupying the abandoned Rondout shops area, MP
1, of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad
(U&D). As a condition of the museum's charter with the city of
Kingston, the museum had to immediately begin public operations. At
the time, everything in the museum collection was electric powered
and the U&D tracks were not equipped for electric operation.
acquired a Doodlebug (a former
Sperry Rail Service car) from
Connecticut and began public operation on July 4, 1983.
less than a mile of track was usable, but within two years the run
was extended to Kingston Point and provides scenic views of the Hudson River.
The Museum leases from the City of Kingston the former U&D line
from Kingston Point, MP 0, to 100 feet west of East Chester Street,
MP 2.4. Current operations are from the Museum's headquarters at MP
1 to Kingston Point, and also along former branch trackage along
The Strand. The line is used occasionally up to Murray Avenue, MP
the museum began operating a trolley from Johnstown,
Pennsylvania after a nine year restoration.
Unique historic cars in the collection:
The 1 of 2 Story
The museum by chance has several cars that are one of two of their