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Arthur W Schnabel, Editor ~ Mark Granville, Asst. Editor     Volume 9, Number 3  March 2001
 Published Monthly by the CONNECTICUT EASTERN CHAPTER of the N.R.H.S., Inc

What Is A Railroad Museum?

First it is a dream of a few people with vision and a common interest. Then it is equipment and buildings and track, all needing mechanical and building and other manual skills, and determination and time and sweat. We still need the dreams, and there is still a lot of building and repairing needed, but we are ready to move to the next phase. On June 10th, we will be dedicating the roundhouse, and presenting all the work that has been done.  We will become a museum in fact.  At that time, our orientation must be broadened to include the presentation of our work to others.  Some will be railroad enthusiasts who want an opportunity to observe what we have done.  Others will have little knowledge of the history and techniques of railroading and are here to learn.  Our museum guides will walk through the site with groups of visitors, naming the equipment and answering questions.  We have the descriptions of the equipment and buildings and an outline of its history. Guide activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Our plans call for two guides working at a time with each day being covered by two 3-hour shifts.  A guide may work every week, or twice a month, or once during the summer season. Beginning in April, we plan to have training sessions for anyone who would like to learn more about the museum and help present this information to our guests.  Look for more information in next month’s Ghost Train Journal.

 

CERM Spring Train Show

Things are set for our spring train show on April 22nd from 10 AM to 3 PM at Windham High School.  The Cider Press String Band will again provide musical entertainment for the attendees.  We also plan to have even more layouts and numerous vendors.  If you would like to help, distribute some train show flyers to your friends and local stores.

Did You Receive Your Feb GTJ?

Several February Ghost Train Journals were returned to our P.O. Box in mangled condition and without addresses.  If you did not receive yours, contact Jeff Laverty and we will get you a new one.

 

CERM Promotion by Bob LaMay

Green Board –RRE Hartford Div – February 2001:

Story about Maine Central Railbus.

General description of museum and promotion of paver program.

The Ambassador-CVR Historical Society – v10 #4:

Listing of equipment.

Paver block order form.

Hartford Courant – February 13, 2001:

Picture of roundhouse.

Story about Museum.

 

Recent Fund Raising & Donations

Business Appeal - Dr Bundy

General Grant - Rogers Corporation

SNET Community Connections - $ 73.75 (The total to date is $1,393.29)

 

What’s New at the Museum

Several members got out their sled dogs and mushed their way down to the museum.  Most of the Operator’s Shanty reconstruction has been completed and work will shift to other areas as the weather improves.

Grading work has begun on the roundhouse floor in preparation for timbers, rail, and floor pavers.

The 1205th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion has returned and is preparing to extend rail from the West end of the wye to the village area and beyond.

 

P&W Excursion

Seats are still available on the May 5th P&W rail excursion.  Tickets are $45.00 per person.  Make check payable to CERM and mail to Veronica Trudeau, 2421 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814 or give her a call at (401)568-6202.

 

 

2001 Committee Listing – as of 2/11/2001

 Acquisitions

Bill Nickerson – Co-Chairman (860)749-1853

Bill Robinson – Co-Chairman (860)456-4903

Bob Carlson (860)345-8254

Art Hall (860)742-7454

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Ted Swol (860)423-7285

 Archives & Library

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Bob Hassett (860)742-1640

 Auditors

Bob LaMay – Chairman (860)456-9999

Howard Raphaelson (860)429-1340

 Entertainment

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Walter Dumas (860)646-8776

Fund Raising and Grantwriting

Mark Granville – Chairman (860)456-3012

Ray Axelrod (860)228-3197

Art Hall (860)742-7454

Bob Hassett (860)742-1640

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Bill Robinson (860)456-4903

Grand Opening / Roundhouse Dedication

Joseph Cerreto – Chairman (860)456-0343

Mark Granville (860)456-3012

Art Hall (860)742-7454

Bob Hassett (860)742-1640

Bob LaMay (860)456-9999

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Howard Raphaelson (860)429-1340

Bill Robinson (860)456-4903

Arthur Schnabel (860)666-2386

Burt Turcotte (860)429-7045

Duke York (860)423-1878

 Maintenance of Way Department

Jeff Laverty – Foreman (860)429-7961

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Ted Swol (860)423-7285

 Mechanical Department

Mark Granville – Head (860)456-3012

Bob Carlson (860)345-8254

Jerry Griffin (860)228-9703

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Paul Shamonis (860)649-6713

Bert Turcotte (860)429-7045

Bill Voorvaart (860)742-5247

 Membership Services

Jeff Laverty – Chairman (860)429-7961

Walter Dumas (860)646-8776

Bert Turcotte (860)429-7045

 

Calendar of Upcoming Events

.Mar  18   - Monthly Meeting

Apr     1   - Business Meeting

        15   - Monthly Meeting

        22   - Spring Train Show

May    5   - P & W Train Excursion

           6   - Business Meeting

Jun   10   - Grand Opening &           Roundhouse Dedication

Saturday & Sunday Work Days

Since so much needs to be done before the Grand Opening and Roundhouse Dedication, we will be holding work sessions on both Saturdays and Sundays as soon as Spring arrives.

Pay Your Dues

Our membership roster as of February 18th lists 258 members from 9 states as follows: Connecticut-231, Rhode Island-11, Massachusetts-9, Colorado-2, and Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Oklahoma-1 each. Approximately 93 percent of our members have renewed to date.  If you have not yet sent in your dues, prompt payment would be appreciated.

Roundhouse Pavers

As of March 3, we have sold 94 inscribed paver blocks for the floor of the roundhouse.  We plan to order the first group in April so that they can be installed prior to the Grand Opening.  If you want to be included, sign up soon.

Latest Rail News via Trains Magazine

If you want to keep up on the latest rail news, go to www.trains.com and click on newswire link. The latest news is posted every Wednesday.

Treasurer’s Summary - February

Income for February totaled $8,436.88 and came primarily from a Rogers Corp grant, P&W ticket sales, calendar sales, and the sale of roundhouse pavers.

Expenses amounted to $1,170.57 and consisted primarily of loan interest and newsletter costs.

As of February 28, cash on hand totaled $29,379.45.

Loan Certificates

Many thanks to the members who have purchased $17,500 in loan certificates enabling us to reduce the bank loan and saving us substantial interest.  Since the principal balance is still $34,500, any additional certificate purchases would be appreciated.

Welcome to the Chapter!

We welcome the following new members who were voted into the chapter at the February 18th meeting:

Effective January 21, 2001:

Frank Johnson, Manchester, CT

R.E. Richardson Jr., Manchester, CT

Albert and Rose Daley, Wethersfield, CT

(Albert is transferring from the Mohawk and Hudson Chapter)

Effective February 18, 2001:

Ernest Ross, Foster, RI

Joseph Sokol, Vernon, CT


 

Museum Operations and Activities

Howard Raphaelson – Chairman (860)429-1340

Bob Carlson (860)345-8254

Art Hall (860)742-7454

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Arthur Schnabel (860)666-2386

 Museum Planning

Art Hall – Chairman (860)742-7454

Bob Carlson (860)345-8254

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Al Lyman (860)848-9988

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Bob Pingree (860)666-1154

Bill Robinson (860)456-4903

 Newsletter

Arthur Schnabel – Editor (860)666-2386

Mark Granville (860)456-3012

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Property Management & Security

Jerry Griffin – Chairman (860)228-9703

Walter Dumas (860)646-8776

 Public Relations

Bob LaMay (860)456-9999

Rail Operations

Paul Shamonis – Chairman (860)649-6713

Bob Carlson (860)345-8254

Mark Granville (860)456-3012

Bob Hassett (860)742-1640

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Bert Turcotte (860)429-7045

Bill Voorvaart (860)742-5247

Duke York (860)423-1878

 Restoration & Buildings

Duke York – Chairman (860)423-1878

Bill Bouchelle (860)763-0152

Walter Dumas (860)646-8776

Art Hall (860)742-7454

Bob Hassett (860)742-1640

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

Bill Nickerson (860)749-1853

Dick Sobielo (860)228-3976

Ted Swol (860)423-7285

Bert Turcotte (860)429-7045

Sales Department & Calendar

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Ray Axelrod (860)228-3197

 

Train Show

Bill Robinson – Chairman (860)456-4903

Art Hall (860)742-7454

Jeff Laverty (860)429-7961

Al Lyman (860)848-9988

Bill Mihancki (860)429-9821

 

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