58 North Road, East Windsor, CT

Rails to the Darkside

Rails to the Darkside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum

The unfortunate untold story...

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?

Event Details

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

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.

Planning Tip • Get 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. Front gate opens and ticket sales start at 6:30 pm. The lines grow quick and ticket sales end at 9:30 pm.


Tickets can only be purchased at the trolley museum and are good only on the night purchased. There are no advanced tickets sales.

Front gate opens and ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm. Ticket sales end at 9:30 pm, but trolleys continue to run until all brave souls have ridden into the darkness.

Planning a group outing?

Group Visits

Event Details

Friday, October 2, 2020
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Admission

General Admission

All Ages

Member Admission

All Ages

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