Historic switch tower opens for the season in South Norwalk

switchThis year marks the 10th year that the SoNo Switch Tower Museum will open to the public for the season.

From now until October, volunteers stand at the ready to educate visitors as to the important job operators had when it came to manipulating the levers that would switch the tracks to change the direction of the trains and control the movement of trains through Norwalk. Operators were stationed at the tower from 1896 to 1984. (See photo at right)

The museum is housed in a restored 1896 switch tower and is operated by the Western Connecticut Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Admission is free, though donations are gladly accepted. The museum is located at 77 Washington St. in South Norwalk, Conn.

Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. from May to October.

For more information, visit the website or call 203-246-6958.

Christina Hennessy