The Danbury Railway Museum
What better outing to have with the whole family then a historic train tour on the Danbury Railway. They offer railroad history, tours, train rides, and a collection of original and restored rail cars. From the Hilton Garden Inn Danbury start out going east on US-6/ US-202/ Mill Plain Rd, take the 1st right, take exit 5 toward CT-37/ downtown Danbury/ CT – 39/ Bethel/ CT-53, turn slight right onto Downs St, take the 2nd right onto Main St/ CT-53, turn left onto White St, the Danbury Railway Museum is on the right.
Built in 1903 for the thriving New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Danbury Station boasted adjacent railyard facilities including an engine house, a freight house, a round house and a turntable. Through the 1950’s and into the 1960’s, Danbury was an important station for the New Haven Railroad. Film buffs will find it interesting to learn that Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train was filmed in and near the station. But, the 1960’s began a period of decline for the railroad and the station, and by the 1980’s, the engine house had burned and it and the freight house were torn down. Several National Railway Historical Society members and a number of interested local railfans rose to the challenge, and Danbury Railway Museum was incorporated in 1994. There was immediate interest, and soon there were nearly 100 members intent on creating a Museum which would make use of an empty railyard and an abandoned station. A $1.5 million grant was secured and restoration of the Station began. For a number of years the Museum was located in a store front on Ives Street; finally, on October 29, 1995, the station was “dedicated”. Mayor Eriquez and other officials spoke, and over 1000 people attended the celebration. In mid 1996 the station was ready for occupancy, and the Museum was established in its present location.
Address: 120 White Street, Danbury, CT
Phone Number: (203) 778-8337
Hours of operation: Memorial Day – Labor Day Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: noon – 5pm
Post Labor Day – Pre Memorial Day
Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: noon – 4pm