Opening and Dedication
only one month until the grand opening of the museum and dedication of
the roundhouse on Sunday, June 10th.
A lot of work remains to be done.
will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM through the afternoon in
order to get things ready. Even if you can spend only a couple of hours, we can find
something for you to do.
day of the Grand Opening, we will need a lot of members to help direct
parkers, sell tickets and welcome visitors, act as tour guides, sell
souvenirs, man buildings, equipment, and displays, etc.
If you can help out it would be appreciated.
June 10th, we will need people to act as docents and tour
guides. Our first training
session was held on April 14th. If you would like to serve as a docent, contact Howard
Raphaelson or Arthur Schnabel or just show up at the museum and we will
give you a tour and the appropriate information.
& W Excursion
5th rail excursion was a sellout, a month prior to the trip.
In addition to New England residents, we attracted people from
New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania.
We even had a rail fan from Illinois who flew in for the trip.
We should do very well
financially. Thanks go to
Veronica Trudeau for all of her efforts in putting this trip together.
New at the Museum
The Town of Windham
has helped fill in some of the potholes and smoothed the surface.
trenches have been dug out, conduit pipes installed, covered with
concrete where necessary, and back-filled in.
Some rotted ties in
the yard area have been replaced, ballast added, and the rails spiked
down. Five loads of fill
have been dumped behind the West end switch.
Laying of ties and rail has started towards the Section House.
A load of 107-pound tie plates, needed for our mainline track,
has arrived at the museum.
The bearing for the
turntable has been delivered and is in the Roundhouse.
The shipping box is only about 2 feet x 2 feet x 6 inches, but
the bearing will be doing a huge job.
The roundhouse doors
are nearly completed. Bob Hassett and Steve Melady have been working on
constructing the hinges. Timbers
have been delivered for the track in the roundhouse and are being
installed at pit 6. Some 85-pound rail for the roundhouse pits has been recovered
from the Kendall spur. The
first batch of roundhouse pavers has been ordered and will be installed
at pit 6 upon installation of the timbers and the rails.
Rotted wood and wood
damaged during the move is being replaced.
Rebuilding of the
Operatorís Shanty has been completed.
Two students from ECSU have sanded the building and are painting
The Alco S4 has been moved
behind the fence for security purposes.
Valley Railroad #0800 has received a new name.
It is now Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum #0800.
Our new CV boxcar has been
delivered to the museum. Richard
Cizik has repaired the small speeder.
Signals at Willimantic, Conn.
By Robert A. LaMay
While doing research
for a visitorís guide at the Dodd Research Center located at the
University of Connecticut, I came across some interesting information
regarding semaphore signal usage in Willimantic, Conn. The information
comes from a New York and New England timetable No. 7 effective
12/04/1892. A section in the timetable explains the usage and set-up of
the semaphore signals.
semaphore signals refer to rail operations at Airline Junction, Bridge
St., and the New London Northern Grade Crossing.
The upper arm set in a diagonal position (after switches have
been properly set) by day, and with two green lights at night (which
will show the position of the arm), gives New York & New England
trains a right to proceed, and stops all New London Northern and NY, NH
& H trains.
The upper arm set in a vertical position (after the switches have
been properly set) by day, with two green and two red lights at night
(which will show the position of the arm), gives New London Northern
trains a right to proceed, and stops all New York & New England and
NY, NH & H trains.
The lower arm set in a diagonal position, after the switches have
been properly set, by day, with two red lights at night (which show the
position of the arm) and upper arm in horizontal position, by day, or
two green lights and one red light at night (which show the position of
the arms), gives all NY, NH & H trains a right to proceed, and stops
all New York & New England and New London Northern trains.
Both arms set in a horizontal position by day and with two green
lights and one red light on the upper arm, and two green and two red
lights on the lower arm (which show the position of the arms), stops all
The Switch and Signalmen must
be very careful to have the switches and signals, as above, and not
change the position of the switches, until after both arms of the signal
have been set in a horizontal position.
Note! All trains will come to a full stop
within five hundred (500) feet of, and before running over, the switches
to the Chapter!
We welcome the
following new members who were voted into the chapter at the April 8th
& Jan Harris, New Hartford, CT
Arnold, Bolton, CT
of Upcoming Events
20 - Monthly
10 - Grand
Opening & Roundhouse Dedication
17 - Monthly
1 - Business
19 - Connecticut
5 - Lions Club
7 - Dan Kane Ė
We have sold 124
paver blocks as of April 8th. Sales
are going well. Have
you ordered your paver yet?
- May 2001:
of the Operatorís Shanty with other buildings in the background.
The Chicago Transit Authority
has ordered 26,000 new ties made out of recycled plastic.
It is expected that they will last twice as long as the wood ties
and can then be recycled again. Each
tie costs $90 and uses the equivalent of 1,000 milk bottles.
Engine number 1 does
not run and needs a new injector. While
engine number 2 is operating, it currently has an oil leak that needs to
be repaired. Steve Melady and his repair staff will be working on this
engine during the upcoming weeks and months to repair the oil leak and
get engine #1 operating properly. Major
equipment damage could occur if this equipment is used during this
If you need to use
this locomotive, please contact Steve at 860-228-2185 prior to using it
to insure that it can be used without causing additional damage.
In the near future,
we plan to be operating our equipment for both work purposes and visitor
rides. The safe use of this equipment is of the utmost importance to
both our visitors and our selves.
Equally important is
the proper use of the equipment. Locomotives and rolling stock are
expensive mechanical devices that can easily receive major damage that
we could not afford to repair. Each
piece of equipment operates somewhat differently and requires special
operating procedures. Each
operator needs to know these procedures and requirements.
Operating rules and
procedures are being developed to insure that anyone operating the
equipment is following these requirements.
A new roster of Engineers, Brakemen, and Conductors is being
developed. If you want to
be considered for one of these positions, contact Paul Shamonis at
860-649-6713. We will be
holding training classes on the rules and conducting exams to qualify
operators on each piece of equipment.
Gazette" - Collis P Huntington Chapter, NRHS
The Edwards Motor Car Company
is still producing rail handcars. You
can get one for only $4,000. They
recently built a new railbus for the West Virginia Central from old
S-4 Locomotives were built from 1950 through 1961, with a total of 797
being built. They were
1000-hp switchers built with turbocharged versions of the six-cylinder
State of Virginia is considering offering a special license plate
showing the famed N & W steam engine No 611.
Summary Ė April
By Jeff Laverty
Income for April
totaled $10,766.48 and came primarily from P & W ticket sales, train
show tables and admissions and the sale of roundhouse pavers.
Expenses amounted to
$8482.09 and consisted primarily of costs for the P & W excursion
and the train show. Other costs included: insurance for the museum and excursion
and conduit for the electrical service.
As of April 30, cash
on hand totaled $31,023.38.
CERM members have
purchased 10 additional loan certificates, enabling us to reduce the
bank balance to $17,000. Once
the bank loan is paid off, we can begin paying off the loan
certificates. If you would like to help, contact Jeff Laverty.
Opening is June 10th