Danbury Railway Museum – Danbury, Connecticut - Atlas Obscura

Danbury Railway Museum

This historic railway museum may have lost its passengers but not its love for trains. 


Originally built in 1901, the railway station which now houses the Danbury Railway Museum has gone from flourishing travel hub to flourishing volunteer project.

After consolidating three separate railway stations into one and serving as a train hub through World War II, the historic Union Station finally closed its doors in 1972 after the popularity of air travel took away a great deal of its business. However, the station was able to continue to contribute to locomotive history after the Danbury Railway Museum in the mid-nineties. The museum is a non-profit organization staffed solely by volunteers and offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and opportunities for hands-on railroad work at “12 inches to the foot” scale. Despite the decline in popularity of railway travel, the Danbury Railway Museum rolls on!

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