58 North Road, East Windsor, CT

Rails to the Darkside

Select Nights in October • 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Do you dare ride into the dark?

The unfortunate history...

When the Hartford and Springfield Street Railway built a branchline from Warehouse Point to Rockville in 1906, a small cemetery near Newberry Road stood in the way of a straight-as-an-arrow trolley line. 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?

Details

This haunted event is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for young children.

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.

Dates

We are holding a media night on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 PM. The media is welcome to experience first-hand the thrills and terror of Rails to the Darkside.

Friday & Saturday • October 6-7

Friday & Saturday • October 13-14

Friday & Saturday • October 20-21

Friday & Saturday • October 27-28

Admission

Tickets can only be purchased at the trolley museum. Tickets purchased are good only the same night. There are no advance ticket sales nor reservations. Ticket sales end at 9:30 pm.

Planning tips for getting ahead of the crowds...

  • Which weekend? The first two weekends tend not to be as busy.
  • Which day? Smaller crowds means shorter lines on Fridays.
  • What time? Beat the line and come early in the night. The lines grow quick and ticket sales end at 9:30 pm.
Event Admission
Trolley Museum Member
Event Admission
All Ages
$18.00
$9.00

The Trolley Museum reserves the right to remove guests from the event if they demonstrate poor behavior or act inebriated. Alcohol is not permitted at the event.

Related

If you are looking for a family fun filled adventure, considering coming during the daytime for Pumpkin Patch. Ride on a trolley to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a FREE pumpkin. Back at the museum, you can decorate your pumpkin and enjoy other activities.

Connecticut Trolley Museum