X. Trains, Trolleys, Planes, Boats, Ferries & Lighthouses

Planes, trains, ferries and lighthouses – they’re all here. Some of this stuff is essentially museum-quality, but happens to be mobile and outdoors. (A couple lighthouses ARE museums, and others are open to visitors on rare occasions. I’ll find those occasions, of course.)

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Trains & Trolleys

Trains are pretty cool. Real trains, historic trains, old train stations, model trains… and we have an abundance of train “stuff” here in Connecticut. I’ve met a lot of “rail fans,” as they call themselves in the state. So, as a service to them – and to parents of kids who love trains (like me), I’ve compiled a list of “Everything Train” in Connecticut.

All things Trains and Trolleys

Great E Thompson Train Wreck Site, Thompson
Worst Trolley Accident in US History, N. Branford (info)

Planes

The Oldest Airport in CT, Plainville, 4/8/2009
Plane Spotting at Bradley Airport, East Granby

Boats & Ferries

The Amistad, currently being ruined by the state of Connecticut
The Charles Morgan, Touring the east coast
The Oliver Cromwell, Revolutionary Warship site, Essex
The Oldest Ferry in the US, Glastonbury/Rocky Hill, 6/14/2008
The 2nd Oldest Ferry, Chester/Hadlyme, 6/14/2008
Old Shetucket River ferry with historic import, Norwich
Bissell’s Ferry – Oldest Ferry in US site, Windsor, 11/24/2009

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Robertson Airport, Plainville

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Lighthouses

I’d like to visit ALL of Connecticut’s lighthouses for this section. Yes, even the ones I can’t enter. Gotta be complete, y’know? For those I can ascend, there will be links over to my Observation Towers and Views section for the stories of my brave ascents. The pages in this section will more or less just give you the wonderful accounts from Lighthouse Friends. Make sense? No? Just follow the links and enjoy the dang lighthouses, ok?

Visited:
Stonington Harbor/Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington (Climbed 9/3/2010)
Mystic Seaport, Mystic (Visited 8/11/2007)
Great Captain Island Light, Greenwich (Visited 8/4/2012)

To Be Visited
Avery Point Light, Groton (Accessible)
Faulkner’s (Falkner’s) Island Light, Guilford (Very rarely accessible)
Fayerweather Island (Black Rock Harbor), Bridgeport (Accessible)
Five Mile Point (Old New Haven), New Haven (Rarely open and Accessible)
Greens Ledge Light, Norwalk (Boat accesible)
Lynde Point Light (Saybrook Inner), Old Saybrook (Iffy accessibility)
Morgan Point Light, Noank (Very iffy accessibility/private)
New London Harbor Light, New London (open rarely and accessible)
New London Ledge Light, New London (open rarely and boat accessible)
Peck’s Ledge Light, Norwalk (boat accessible)
Penfield Reef light, near Fairfield (boat accessible)
Saybrook Breakwater (Saybrook Outer), Old Saybrook (sort of inaccessible)
Sheffield Island Light, Norwalk (Open and boat accessible)
Southwest Ledge (New Haven Breakwater) (boat accessible)
Stamford Harbor Ledge (Chatham Rocks), Stamford (boat accessible)
Stratford Point, Stratford (rather inaccessible)
Stratford Shoal Light, Stratford (boat accessible)
Tongue Point (Bridgeport Breakwater), Bridgeport (rather inaccessible)

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Related CTMQ Stuff:

Abandoned cars in the woods

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