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Arthur W Schnabel, Editor ~ Mark Granville, Asst. Editor     Volume 8, Number 4  April 2000
 Published Monthly by the CONNECTICUT EASTERN CHAPTER of the N.R.H.S., Inc

April Monthly Meeting Date Change
A combined business and monthly meeting for April will be held on April 9th since the CT Eastern train show is being held on the 16th.

CT Eastern Train Show
We will be holding our Spring train show on April 16th at Windham High School.

We will be setting up the tables, chairs and displays on Friday night at 5 PM.  Please come and help us get everything ready for Sunday.

On Sunday, we will need help at 7:00 AM to move the vendors in.  Additional help will be needed during the day selling tickets and manning our display as well as various other tasks.  At the end of the day, we will need help moving the vendors out and cleaning up.  If you cannot be there all day, please come for part of the day.

We also plan to have the museum site open and will need guides to show the visitors around.  If you are an outdoor person, this job is for you.

Model Railroad Index
Have you been looking for information about some model-railroading topic?  Try looking at  It contains 45311 articles, from 1933 to present, from 4325 magazines.  It could save you a lot of time.
Calendar of Upcoming Events

Apr     9       - Business & Monthly Meeting
         14      - Set-up for Train Show
         16      - CT Eastern Train Show
         22      - Fairmont Motor Group Visit
May  6-7     - Victorian Weekend
         7       - Business Meeting
         21      - Monthly Meeting
Jul    11-16  - NRHS Convention in Stamford

New Chapter Secretary Needed
Jeff Ricard has resigned as Chapter Secretary due to business and other pressures.  While he will continue to remain a member, he is unable to devote the time needed to continue as Secretary and to serve on the various committees.

        Jeff has been Secretary since the Chapter was formed and was Ghost Train Journal Editor until recently.  We thank him for the many hours spent working on behalf of the Chapter.

We need someone to fill in for the remainder of his current term.  If this is something that you might like to do, contact any of the officers.  An election for the remainder of his term will be held at the May meeting.


Free Firewood
We need to clean-up the museum grounds and have several piles of firewood that are free for the taking.  Check around the site at various locations.

CERM Dedication
On Friday, March 17th Joe Cerreto presented a program about our museum to the Railroad Enthusiasts in Newington.  He had tickets to the UCONN basketball game but couldn't be in two places at once, so he gave them to his sister.

Is this dedication or what?

The 1205th on the Move
By Mark Granville

The 1205th Transportation Operating Battalion will be moving to the Pioneer Valley Railway in Massachusetts within the next year.  At that time they will stop doing work at our museum.  They plan to bring in two other divisions to help them so they can complete the originally estimated work by that time. They indicate that they have been able to lay as much as 1000 feet of track per day when working with the other divisions.

It is more important than ever that we get things ready for them so that they can get as much done as possible.

Alco Centennial
Via The Bridge Line Historical Society Bulletin

May 26, 2001 will be the official centennial of the American Locomotive Company, which was a combination of ten locomotive companies: Brooks Locomotive Works; Cooke Locomotive & Machine Works; Dickson Locomotive Works; Manchester Locomotive Works; Montreal Locomotive Works; Pittsburgh Locomotive & Car Works; Rhode Island Locomotive Works; Richmond Locomotive & Machine Works; and Schenectady Locomotive Works.

They are currently planning a big centennial celebration in Schenectady, NY, the headquarters of Alco.  It is to be a big event and they are looking for people to help.

Work Continues at the Museum Site Every Saturday at 9:00 AM
Join Us There
        Bob LaMay and Ray Axelrod attended a tourism conference in Norwich on behalf of the Chapter.  One idea suggested was for local groups to work together in promoting their museums.  It has been proposed that we consider having an all day event for the Windham Historical Society, the Textile Museum and our Museum.  If you would like to work on this project, contact Bob or Ray.

Ties Anyone?
Recently, a truck loaded with railroad ties stopped at our site and asked where we wanted them placed.  The roundhouse contractor indicated that he did not know and suggested that they call someone from the museum for direction.  A cell phone call to Art Hall eventually revealed that they were new ties destined for the New England Central Railroad.

About the same time, the police were questioning Jerry Griffin about a report of ties stolen from the New England Central.  We hope they eventually turned up in the right place.

What's New at the Site?
Construction has started on the roundhouse. Additional work has been done on securing the freight house to its base so we can move materials into it for storage.  The electrical switch cabinet has been moved to its concrete pad.  Track work by the Army and Chapter members continues to progress.

What more needs to be done?

1. Organize track materials.
2. Clear brush and junk piles.
3. Prepare buildings for moving.
4. Fill in holes around fencing.
5. Restoration of freight house.
6. Restoration of equipment.
7. Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

There are plenty of things for everyone to do. Come on down and see for yourself.


2001 CERM Calendar
It seems like we have just started the year 2000, but it is time to begin planning for the 2001 calendar.  It takes several months to get photos, plan the layout and have the calendar printed so that we can sell them in the fall.

Speaking of photos, we have used most of the photos in the collections of our officers and we could use some new photos.  If you have any old photos of railroading in Eastern Connecticut, contact Jeff Laverty or Ray Axelrod.  This is a major fundraiser each year, so this is important.

Guide to Tourist Railroads And Museums
Thanks to Bob LaMay, we are now listed in the 2000 edition of the Guide to Tourist Railroads and Museums.  It gives a brief description of the museum and states that we will be open on Saturdays from May through October.

There is a lot of work ahead to get our displays and exhibits ready so that we can present a good appearance to our visitors.

Fairmont Motor Car Group
The Fairmont Motor Car Group will be visiting our site on April 22nd.  They plan to arrive around 9 AM.

Speaking of Fairmont Motor Cars, our railbus is almost ready to be tested on the rails.  While some work still needs to be done, most of the major restoration work has been completed.  Kudos to Duke York and Bill Voorvaart.

Eastern Meets the CT Valley
Joe Cerreto, Mark Granville, and Bob LaMay, as well as a few other members attended the March 22nd meeting of the CT Valley Chapter, NRHS to tell them about our museum.   We invited them to visit our museum and help us out during the convention or at any other time they would like. Several members appeared to be interested.

CT Eastern in the News
        The Waybill, published by the Mystic Valley Railway Society, has a picture by Bob LaMay which shows the US Army Reserve's 1205th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion doing track work at the museum.  It also has a picture of the Chaplin Station with a brief description of the museum.

Rail Excursions
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is sponsoring a Spring Blossom Excursion on the Providence & Worcester RR from Cumberland, RI via Worcester, MA to Putnam, CT.  The train leaves Cumberland on May 20 at 10 AM and returns at 4 PM. 
The fare is $35.00.  For further information, contact BVTC, Box 7663, Cumberland, RI 02864, or call 401-724-2200 or e-mail at

The 470 Railroad Club sponsors another trip on the Maine Coast RR from Brunswick to Rockland, ME.  It leaves Brunswick on May 27 at 8 AM and returns at 5 PM. The fare is $35.00, including a box lunch.  For information, contact the Tour Committee, 37 Longwood Dr, Portland, ME 04103.

Treasurer's Summary Report - April
By Jeff Laverty

Income for the month of April totaled $1,485.19, consisting primarily of train show tables. Other income included contributions, sales department, and membership dues.

Expenses in the amount of $2,722.50 were primarily for ballast, Groton freight house restoration, diesel fuel for the locomotives, and fence locks.  As of April 30, cash on hand totaled $9,740.28.

Welcome to the Chapter!
We welcome the following new members who were voted into the chapter at the March 19th meeting.

John DeWael & Family, Hope, RI
Bruce & Patti Carlsen, Willington, CT
Albert & Madelyn Lyman, Uncasville, CT


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