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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Rails To The Darkside
October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
As the fall chill fills the air, on the darkest of nights, mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard on the tracks at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Come for a scare if you dare…the next trolley ride is an express to the Darkside! During this haunted experience, ride vintage trolleys into the dark woods for a fear that you will never forget.
The unfortunate untold story…
Listen to the tale of yesteryear, as you learn of a hastily moved cemetery whose bodies were left behind… When the Hartford and Springfield Street Railway was planning its branchline from Warehouse Point to Rockville, a small cemetery near Newberry Road stood in the way of a straight-as-an-arrow trolley line. Before construction started, the cemetery was relocated to a spot of dry land along Route 140 near the tracks. The air around the cemetery always had a chill after the move and the locals kept away, letting Mother Nature take over.
Years later as the trolley museum began planning for the Visitor Center, workers began surveying the land and found the gravestones from the old cemetery hidden in the woods. Oddly enough, further inspection found that there were only headstones… no coffins or remains were in the earth.
Today, during the darkest of the nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard around old Newberry Road and the trolley museum’s Newberry Siding. Do you dare ride to the darkside?
Friday and Saturday nights starting October 5th. This experience is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for the squeamish. Hours are 7pm-9:30pm (gates open at 6:15pm for ticket sales) and reservations are not needed, tickets can be only purchased on the night you attend up until 9:30pm. Admission is $20 per person and recommended for ages 16+.
Food and soft drinks are available for purchase.
This event is held with the help of the Shaker Pines Fire Department of Enfield, who add a whole new dimension to the frightfulness of the evening. A portion of your admission benefits the SPFD.