Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum Home Ghost Train Journal Back Issues
|Jeffrey Ricard, Editor||Volume 6, Number 12, December 1998|
Caboose 4029 Arrives in WillimanticBy Bill Jeske
On Tuesday November 24, 1998 our Central Vermont Caboose arrived at the Museum. The story begins in August 1997 when Morgan Steele found out through a friend that the 4029 was for sale. About a year ago Morgan, Duke York, and Bill Jeske made a trip up to Hardwick, Mass. to check the condition of the caboose and whether it was worth purchasing. The caboose was found to be in relatively good condition and was purchased by the chapter for $500.00.
In August of this year we were notified by the MASS Central that the
caboose had been moved off of it's secure siding and we needed to move
With the move planned out, a number of trips were made to Hardwick to
prep the caboose for moving. This involved 3 Saturdays of difficult
As with most moves everything fell into place very quickly. Howard made two trips to the Department of Transportation and obtained the permits. Morgan arranged to have the car moved to the container lot and also contacted his friend Mike Duda of B&M Garage in Stafford Springs to haul one of the wheel sets with his car hauler. Howard contacted the trucker and the crane operator to let them know we were ready to move. On the 24th all parties involved were ready to go.
At 8 a.m. the caboose was lifted onto the lowboy and by 9 a.m. the truck was ready to roll. Howard then called the crane and let them know that they were on the way.
|Mike Duda arrived first with the wheel set at 10 a.m.
This was promptly unloaded and placed on our track. The caboose arrived
next at 10:30.
The crane arrived at 11:45 and it took about an hour and a half to set up. At about 1:30 p.m. the 4029 was lifted off of the truck and reunited with it's wheel set our track. The unloading crew consisted of Morgan Steele, Howard Bidwell, Duke York, Bert Turcotte, Jerry Griffin,
Paul Shamonis, Mike Makuch and Bill Jeske.
It was very impressive on how this move was accomplished, the planning by Morgan and Howard was remarkable. All volunteers involved showed their expertise in every aspect of the move, from the prepping, to the final lift nothing was overlooked and safety was kept in mind at all times. I don't believe professionals could have done any better than we did. We can all be proud of our crew and a large thank you goes out to all of them.
Colchester Dedicates Airline Rail TrailBy Dick Sobielo
Thanks to the efforts of many hard working volunteers and funding by
the National Recreation Trails Fund, the town of Colchester recently
On hand for the October 25th ribbon cutting ceremony at the Salmon river
State Forest were Colchester First Selectman Jenny Contois and U.S. congressman
Sam Gejdenson. Contois praised all the volunteers and thanked the
state and federal government officials for their efforts in
The portion of the Airline Trail in Colchester runs from 4.1 miles from
the East Hampton town line to Bull Hill Road, then to the railroad
|It then runs along the Jeremy River to the state's commuter lot at
exit 16 off Route 2 where it runs into Hebron.
Although most of us wish that the rails were still in place on the Airline, it's good to know that others have been hard at work to insure that we might still be able to walk along the route of the Ghost Train and imagine how things were in those simple days of long ago.
A reminder to all members...Please be sure to check all locks and gates
at the site before you leave! If you open a lock please be sure to
lock it when you leave. We have had several instances over the last
few months were members have left windows open or locks unlocked.
Previous Issue   Top   Next Issue