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|Jeffrey Ricard, Editor||Volume 7, Number 1, January 1999|
Patriots may give Kick-Off to Train ServiceThis is an abbreviated version of a story that appeared in a recent copy of the Middletown Press via member Dick Sobielo. Thanks for passing this along.
The proposed New England Patriots stadium in Hartford could lead to
railroad expansion in Connecticut a railroad official told the Middlesex
According to Harry Harris, rail administrator and bureau chief for the
state Department of Transportation, a Sunday railroad excursion train
The Providence and Worcester Railroad Company has already begun restoration of the Hartford to Middletown line and hopes to have the job complete by the fall of 1999.
Student Arrested for using Spike as Weapon.Charles Williams
Yadkin Valley Chapter, NRHS
According to the October 23 edition of the Wilkes Journal Patriot, a
15 year old West Wilkes High School Student has been charged with assault
with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a
The victim was treated for seven stab wounds on the back of the head, including one which required seven stitches.
As of November 1998
Total Number of Chapters = 174
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What are you holding for the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum?
Attention: All members of the Connecticut Eastern Chapter need
to take a quick inventory of items in their
possession that they are holding for the museum. We requested members
to do this back in September, but we know some of you are holding items
not yet listed on our inventory. Anything you have been graciously
holding: lamps, builders plates, photos, for the chapter and need
to updated in our inventory. Please send to our mailing address on
the last page of The Ghost Train Journal, bring the list to the site on
Saturday morning, send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or bring to the monthly meeting. It is extremely important that you
take the few moments necessary to do this inventory and get it back to
A salute to those Connecticut Eastern members who have recently passed on. We join their family and friends in remembering
Barbara Brown and Louis Calamari
Did you know .....
Every $10 million spent in transit "capital investment" supports 770
Every $10 million spent in transit "operating investment" support 900
Transit conserves valuable urban land. Moving 10,000 riders a
day uses land in these amounts:
The third Chicago area airport uses almost 10,000 acres of land. (USA Today)
"Dependable public transportation is basic to a stable economy. If people can't get to work - on time- business suffers. Our administration makes concessions on behalf of business in the matter of air pollution, but completely overlooks the urgent necessity of public transportation to move people." - Alliance for Public Transportation.
Our rail lines are vanishing because they are, for the most part, private. Our airports and highways are not vanishing because they are public. - Samuel Stokes, Alstead, New Hampshire.
On the Editors Desk .....The fencing project has finally begun! After waiting for several years with many setbacks we are finally seeing the fencing working being
done. As of this writing several hundred poles have been put up at the West end of the site. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will
see this project come to an end. Sources noted that the job could be completed by the end of January if all goes well.
Recently we have had some inclement weather and questions were asked
if the business and general membership meetings would still be held.
Committee Chairmen: It's budget time again. Please make sure you submit a proposed budget for operating expenses and capitol items (over
$1000) that your committee may be considering in 1999. We will try to budget our funds accordingly. Your budget is due at the January general membership meeting.
Speaking of committees, we will be passing around the committee sign-up sheet at the January meeting. Please think about areas that you may be interested in helping out at.
Some committees that you may consider:
The chapter will be setting up an exhibit at the Textile Museum. Members are encouraged to participate in the set up of this exhibit. Plans are to work on set up the weekend of January 16th. Meet at the section house at our museum if you can help out. If you have any railroad related items that you would be willing to loan the museum, please contact an officer of the chapter. The exhibit will run for a couple of months.
Just a reminder that our annual train show will be held Sunday February 28th at Windham High School. More information will follow in
the February newsletter. All members will be needed to help setup tables and chairs on the evening of February 26th, and again after the show. In addition we will need members that are available to setup the show signs earlier in the month. Show fliers are also available. If you know of a location that you can drop off fliers please do so. We need as much promotion as possible and this needs to be done right away.
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