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SoNo Switch Tower Museum

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Address: 77 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT
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Worth the trip up the stairs.

We were early for the Sheffield Island ferry ride and found this little museum quite by accident. We've been to number of Railroad museums but this was the first to a switch... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 June 2015
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Garrison, New York
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Garrison, New York
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

We were early for the Sheffield Island ferry ride and found this little museum quite by accident. We've been to number of Railroad museums but this was the first to a switch house. The volunteers there who explained it all were very informative. A nice little find.

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3 Thank maxdraft
norwalk, United States
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

This small but informative museum shows just how our railways worked and work today! Next to historic SoNo you can grab lunch and then visit.

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3 Thank Donna N
New York
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60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

2 great guys show you around the museum and explain the history of the place. No entrance fee but they appreciate any donations for the upkeep of the museum. Well worth a visit.

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4 Thank oldfieldpark
Exeter, New Hampshire
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343 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Seeing and experiencing are two different things, but here you do both. We were shocked ONE person performed all three major tasks and could switch fourteen switches MANUALLY in just five minutes; I could barely do one in that time! Eat your Wheaties and wear your track shoes before trying to manage a switch change and then imagine a quarter... More 

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7 Thank KaTe2
New Rochelle, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

The SoNo Switch Tower Museum restoration has saved this important part of our country's industrial heritage, and is a fascinating look-back to the Country's transportation and communications before jetliners and computers. The Tower is easy to miss, tucked into a tiny plot adjacent to the Metro North tracks in downtown Norwalk. Walking up the two long flights of steel stairs... More 

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5 Thank Bob H
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

This was a very nice tour of the old original switch- track train tower. The tour guides are very nice and keep you interested. There is lots to see and it is also hands-on. Train lovers will enjoy this museum!

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2 Thank Geraldine W
New York City, New York
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118 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

Want to really upset your kids? Take them to this museum. Because it's totally lame. I mean, give me a break, please. It's not a museum -- it's just a small gift shop underneath a room full of old switch tower equipment. If they called it a "Small but Historicly Preserved Switch Tower Guarded by Some Old Dude who Wants... More 

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6 Thank Clausewitzhorse
Putnam County, NY
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

The volunteers at SoNo do a great job! An interesting part of railroading history has been well-preserved, and is a must-see while in the area. Good restaurants nearby, friendly and knowledgable volunteers.

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2 Thank gobytrain99
Tuckahoe, New York
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59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

The staff was very insightful and its a great place to take kids to see the old time workings of a railroad station. There are alot of stairs to climb but its worth the trip to see this place.

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2 Thank Jailor357
Monroe
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

We were having a Norwalk Day a few years ago. We had just parked in Sono and we wanted to do something memorable with the boys related to what they were into at the time. We visited the SoNo switch tower Museum. After climbing up the small staircase we entered into the both where the switch tower controller did his... More 

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