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|Jeffrey Ricard, Editor||Volume 6, Number 7, July 1998|
Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum to Receive State Funding
On June 26th, the state Bonding Commission took up the matter of approving $400,000.00 for the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, thanks to the efforts of Senator Donald Williams and our own grant writing committee. Work began almost two years ago when Senator Williams first came to the museum site, took a tour and began to see the vision that we had for creating the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.
The grant writing committee consisting of Jeff Ricard, Joe Cerreto,
Art Hall and Bill Robinson, worked many late nights gathering data and
President Joe Cerreto made an announcement on July 3rd, at the museum to publicly thank Senator Williams for all his tireless efforts in obtaining this funding. Joe said in his presentation, "It was once mentioned to me, that in order to get this museum off the ground, we would have to find a millionaire or a politician that was interested in railroads. Well, we were lucky to find Don."
Also on hand was the NRHS regional Vice President William Wood, who
thanked Don for his efforts and thanked all members for their
Senator Williams mentioned that this group has acquired property, railroad
buildings, rolling stock, locomotives and track, with more on
Museum to Receive Grant FundingThe grant writing committee has also been working around the clock for other sources of funding too, and has come out on top once again with $750.00 from the Eastern Connecticut Community Foundation. This grant is to be used towards restoration of the Groton Freight House and to establish displays in the building.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERSPlease welcome the following new members to our chapter: Charlotte and George Patros. They were voted in at the June meeting. Glad to have
Calling all members!Volunteers are desperately needed on Saturday mornings at the museum site. There is much to be done and we need all the hands we can get.
Currently we have people working on the freight house installing the roof sheathing, some members are working on the railbus, track work is progressing but this is very labor intensive and bodies are needed. Also we have received all the necessary permits to add fill to the rear of the site where the museum will actually be located. This means that several trees will need to be removed, requiring people with chainsaws and brush cutters. All these projects are on going but we need your help! Please consider stopping down at the site on Saturday morning, even just for a short time and lend a hand. Place a call to any officer if you need additional information.
LOST KEYS !A set of keys was lost at the museum site near the Section House or near the 8600 coaches, if found please call Dick Sobielo - Thanks!!
Help Wanted !The chapter is looking for a person that would be willing to help get the word out about our museum to the Connecticut tourist publications, if interested, please contact one of the officers.
DANBURY BY EXAMPLEBy Robert A. LaMay
I was invited to attend the Danbury Railway Museum's Open House and
Trains Show held on May 16 and 17, 1998. I arrived just before the
The DRM has taken over the entire yard from Conrail when they left town.
The yard has since been fenced in, with gates at strategic locations.
A special train arrived from New York City, which brought 500 plus patrons
to the museum. The special train made a trip to Brewster, NY and back.
Patrons had the option of visiting the museum or the stores in downtown
Danbury. A similar event could take place here. A train could
During the open house there were train rides which took patrons from
the west end of the yard to the east end. Not too long of a ride. However,
at the eastern end the old New Haven turntable was reinstalled. When the
train reached the east end, patrons could leave the train and take a
Twice during the day the DRM operated a "Photo Special". During one
of the morning trips the locomotive would uncouple it s cars near the
|As I watched all the activities I kept thinking, we at the Connecticut
Eastern could also run a similar operation. Even before the turntable was
in place, trains could be running. The turntable would add the impetus
needed to complete the whole trip program. I realize there are a lot of
"IF" items to be completed before trains run for the public. I questioned
various individuals about suggested charges.
Special events such as open house - Suggested donation:
$3.00 admission (Included train ride), $2.00 ride in caboose,
$5.00 ride in cab of a
On non-special events:
While the settings are quite different - the purpose is the same. Bring
visitors to our museum and give them a serious reason why they should
On the light side .......
>From the NRHS news, acutal excerpts from classified sections of city newspapers.
Girl wanted to assist magician in cutting-off-head illusion. Blue Cross and Salary.
Dinner special - Turkey $2.35; Chicken of Beef $2.25; Children $2.00
For Sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to
take home, too.
The next Scheduled meeting of the Connecticut Eastern Chapter, National Railway Historical Societywill be at the Willimantic Fire/Police complexon Sunday September 20th at 7:00 pm.
Please note: The monthly business meeting will be held at thesame location
on the first Sunday of the month. All members are welcome to attend.
Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum &
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