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Jeffrey Ricard, Editor  Volume 6, Number 3, March 1998 
More Material Moved from Connecticut Central RR 
By Bill Jeske 
On Saturday February 14, a crew of volunteers from the museum made one more and possibly the last  trip to the Connecticut Central Railroad.  I say the last because the Connecticut Central has been purchased by the Providence and Worcester Railroad with takeover due this spring.  Our thanks go out to Francis Saunders and Steve Loomis for supplying the museum with lots of track materials over the years. 

The crew left Willimantic at 8 a.m. and arrived at Middletown at about 9 a.m.  At Middletown we loaded about 40 switch timbers onto Maurice Bisson's dump truck and trailer.  Also obtained were 3 switch stands, two 55 gallon drums of spikes, assorted track bolts, and tie plates.  We returned at about noon and with the help of Maurice's front end loader the ties were unloaded and neatly stacked in the museum storage area.  Members making this journey were Morgan Steele, Howard Bidwell, Jeff Ricard, Jeff Laverty,  Mark Granville, Jerry Griffin, Dirk Ras, Maurice Bisson, and Bill Jeske. 

This trip was very useful namely for the switch timbers.  Until this time the museum had very few of these and to go out and purchase these would be very expensive.  A set of switch timbers goes for about  $5,000.  Thanks to all who participated. 


Please welcome 8 new members to our chapter.  The eight members were voted into the chapter at the February meeting.  William Jenkins, George Linsley, Edward  and Martha Beale, William and Audrey Robinson, George and Barbara Brown. 

On the Editors Desk ......

In the February issue of the Ghost Train Journal it was mentioned that we would need help to setup for the show on March 21.  That was incorrect.  We need members to help setup tables for the show on March 20th, Friday evening at 5:30p.m.   All members that  can spare the time are needed to help with this effort.  We will then need members to show up on early on Sunday March 22nd  to help vendors unload and setup.  Again the more members the better.  We will also need people to help with parking, working the door and to work at the chapter table.  This is our biggest fundraiser and we need all members to come out and participate in this endeavor. 

Speaking of omissions and corrections, we apologize to Peik and Sonja Larsen for an oversight on a large donation they made this past October to the chapter.  They made a donation to the chapter during the last Walking Weekend and the money was combined with other donations.  Again thanks to Peik and Sonja for their contribution! 

The executive committee has been working on some new chapter stationary over the past few weeks.  A design was submitted to the chapter for approval at the last regular meeting in  February and again at the business meeting in March.  The new stationary now includes the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum and our logo along with the national logo.  We hope to have final approval at the March meeting. 

Each committee chairperson should put together a list of budget items for the March meetings.  The chapter needs to create the 1998 budget, so we will have an idea of what our projected expenses will be. 

And finally, thanks to all the members that were involved in getting the Groton Freight House moved to our museum site.  Yes the building arrived by truck on February 11, 1998 with little problem.  Currently the building remains on the trailer and is in the process of being secured.  The trailer will remain until the owner needs it again.  This will make it easy for us to move to the rear of the site at its final destination.  Hopefully we will get the fencing money and be able to complete the move.  The buildings roof had to be removed for moving and will be replaced by members over the next few weeks.  Come down and check out this historic building. 

Member Bob LaMay will be at the next meeting and will be available to sign his new book called DIESEL TO PARK AVENUE.  The hardbound 112+ page book is $44.00 and the softbound is $36.00 (plus tax).  Get your copy of the FL9 story in full color! 

Paul Shamonis has been busy working on our rule book.  Here are some definitions that you should be aware of: 


Block:  A length of track of defined limits.  The use of which by trains and engines is governed by block signals, cab signals or both. 

Absolute Block: A block which may be occupied by one and only one train or engine at a time. 

Permissive Block:  A block which may be occupied by more than one train or engine at a time. 

Clear Block:  A block not occupied by a train or engine. 

Block Signal / Systems 

Automatic Block Signal:  A fixed signal at the entrance of a block to govern trains and engines entering and using that block. 

Automatic Block Signal System:  A series of consecutive blocks, the use of which is governed by block signals actuated by a train engineer or by certain conditions affecting the use of the block. 

Manual Block Signal System:  A series of consecutive blocks, the use of which is governed by block signals or instructions upon information transmitted by telephone or other means of communication. 

Traffic Control system:  A block signal system in which train movements are authorized by block signal indications in both opposing and following directions. 

Interlocking:  An arrangement of signals and signal appliances so interconnected that their movements must succeed each and for which interlocking rules are in effect.  It may be operated manually or automatically. 

Interlocking Limits:  The track between extreme opposing signals of an interlocking. 

Pilot:  Personnel assigned to a train when engine man or conductor or both are not fully acquainted with the physical characteristics of the railroad.


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