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|Jeffrey Ricard, Editor||Volume 5, Number 8, August 1997|
New Haven 8600 Coaches
Our recent acquisition of two ex-New Haven Railroad stainless steel coaches
was a milestone to our museum. When these items became surplus to
the Railroad Museum of New England along with former New Haven Caboose
C-618, Bill Sample contacted me and offered them to us at one dollar each.
It is to the Railroad Museum of New England's credit to unload surplus
equipment to other museums, rather than let it deteriorate until they are
worthless and impossible to restore. I only wish other museum's would
do the same. Hats off to RMNE for their forward thinking policy.
I would like our museum to do the same if the situation exists someday.
Now on to a little of the 8600's history.
The coaches ran on the MBTA until 1987 when they were retired and stored. In 1988 twelve coaches were leased to the Cape Cod and Hyannis and returned to MBTA in 1989.
In 1989 the Railroad Museum of New England acquired these twelve coaches
with hopes to someday restore them and put them in service. Ten of
the cars were sold a few years back with RMNE keeping the best two of the
twelve. So here we are up to the present
Meanwhile back in Rhode Island Dave Pina is reconditioning the brake system. New member Eli Ellis has done a spectacular job of shimming the couplers up 3 1/2 inches. The stainless steel sides have been fastened with self-threaded screws and steel banding.
Mechanically these cars should be in good shape for many years. When they arrive in Willimantic, they will need an immediate cleaning of the interior. Hopefully we can put at least one car into excursion service by next year. These coaches will be a spectacular addition to our rapidly growing collection of rolling stock and locomotives.
Information supplied by "New Haven Power" by Jack Swanberg, Vol. 21 issue #1 NHRHTA "Shoreliner" and Vol. 22, #8 RMNE "Along The Line" newsletter.
Order BoardThe electrical power pole was installed along with the necessary electrical boxes to supply our site with the much needed electricity. We hope to have the connection made to CL&P very soon.
In my haste to get out the last GHOST TRAIN JOURNAL , your Editor made a small typo that has caused much confusion. The Engineers class was listed in one location in the journal as a donation of $500.00 and then was listed on the tear off form as a donation of $300.00. The Officers have met and have made a change to the donation structure for the Engineer class, we hope this solution will be acceptable to all those that have made donations.
Last week we had some trouble at the site again. Our neighborhood vandals decided that it would be fun to break into the locomotive compound and destroy the windows on the 25 ton locomotive. Once the windows were destroyed they entered the locomotive and attempted to cause more damage. We have since started the locomotive and it is still in running condition. We will now have to replace the glass and do some addition maintenance.
On the same note, some other fine people decided to have a drinking party in the cab of the 44 tonner. Luckily nothing was damaged.
We would like to ask that any members that happen to be passing by the site stop in and just do a quick check to make sure that all is well. The more eyes we have on the site the better.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERSPlease welcome the following members to the chapter: Sen. Don Williams and Jerry Griffin.
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