Grand and Glorious Day
have envisioned the great celebration that took place on June 10th
when a small group of people began the Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS
and the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in 1991?
when the June 10th date was selected, there were many
questions about selecting that date. Will the museum be ready by then? How many people will attend, 50 or 5000?
What will the weather be like?
few of our goals were not fully achieved, the members worked many long
and hard hours to get things ready.
Paid attendance was 669 people plus our guests and children who
paid no fee. The weather
couldn’t have been better and everyone had a good time.
sales, Roundhouse Soda sales, gift shop sales, new memberships, sales of
paver blocks, and additions to the SNET Community Connections Program
resulted in several thousand more dollars available for museum projects.
Are we all done?
Definitely not!!! During
the upcoming months, we have work to complete on the roundhouse and
turntable, as well as track work, track work, track work.
Hopefully, we can again begin restoring our equipment, some of
which needs a lot of work. So
come on down to the museum and we will find something for you to do. Even if you are unable to do construction or restoration type
work, you may free up one of our volunteer guides to go back to the
track or restoration projects. Thanks
for your continuing assistance to the museum.
New at the Museum
been laid from the West end of the wye to the Section House and is
have been installed and track has been spiked in place on pit 6.
151 paver blocks have been installed on the floor by pit 6.
have been made and the building has been repainted.
souvenirs and clothing are now available in the office area.
Operator’s Shanty has received its final coat of paint and is now in
use as our ticket booth.
Axelrod promoted our museum on the TRAK Yale-Harvard boat race
observation train and sold $122 of museum souvenirs.
Chapter received a check for $78.58 during the last quarter from SNET
for participating in the Community Connections program.
To date we have received a total of $1,471.87.
If you are
under the SNET All Distance plan, you can aid the Chapter by signing up
today. Forms are available
in the Section House or you can call 1-800-635-7638.
The Chapter receives 5% of the long distance telephone bill of
participants, even non-members.
Willimantic Chronicle has donated free advertising for our train show
and Grand Opening. They are
also sponsoring our web site, which will cover the cost of the monthly
Saunders has donated various equipment maintenance manuals that
should be useful in repairing and restoring our equipment.
Comes to Connecticut
Railfan & Railroad – June 2001
gauge Hawaii Railway 2-4-2 No.
5 has been acquired by the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association of
Kent, CT. It was built by
Baldwin in 1925 and was restored for Railfair 1999.
It will be operated on the Association’s grounds.
Browse their web site at www.ctamachinery.com/Railroad.html
for further information.
to interviews with local residents, the original 60’ Armstrong
turntable bridge and hardware was removed at the beginning of World War
II and scrapped. A
replacement 60’ turntable bridge and hardware was located and is
currently on the museum grounds awaiting installation.
The turntable came from the Boston & Albany Railroad’s
facility at Dudley, Massachusetts.
The late Nelson Blount, at
the time, owned Steamtown located in Vermont and the Edaville Railroad
located at South Carver, Massachusetts.
He purchased the turntable and had it shipped to South Carver.
His untimely death ended any future plans for the turntable use.
A special fund drive took place to help with the purchase and
shipment to Willimantic, Connecticut.
With the donation of funds
by a member to purchase a bearing, we have the materials needed to
complete the installation of the turntable.
We hope to finish this project by the end of this year.
of Upcoming Events
1 - business
- Boom Box Parade, museum open
- membership meeting
- Mansfield Senior Center tour
5 - business
- Canterbury Senior Center tour
- membership meeting
The museum is now open
to the public from 10 AM to 4 PM every Saturday and Sunday.
The first two weekends have been very promising.
A small but steady flow of people has kept the museum occupied
from opening to closing. We
even had visitors the Sunday it rained!
Staffing the museum has
not been a problem on Saturdays because it is our regular work day, but
we have been short on staff both Sundays.
The museum cannot be successful unless we can maintain regular
hours. Please consider working on a Sunday. You can sign-up in advance on the duty roster posted in the
Section House or you can call Mark Granville at 860-456-3956.
of July Picnic?
The museum will participate
in the Independence Day boom box parade in Willimantic.
Those interested in marching or riding should meet at the museum
at 10 AM. We will have the
museum open in the afternoon. Anyone
want to bring a picnic lunch? At
least one grill will be available.
Museum Makes the News
Short Line –December 2000:
about the railbus.
- May 2001:
the Operator’s Shanty with other buildings in the background.
– Railroad Enthusiasts – Hartford Div:
article about the museum.
the Line – RMNE, V 33 No 4:
origins began with RMNE.
– June 2001:
Alco S4 with New England Central Northbound in the background.
Waybill – Mystic Valley Rwy Soc – June 2001:
Chronicle – June 7, 2001:
about museum and pictures.
3 News – June 7, 2001:
Inquirer – June 9, 2001:
& story about the museum.
Chronicle Album – June 9, 2001:
and story about museum, its plans, and volunteers.
Courant – June 11, 2001:
museum and work of volunteers.
Junction Roundhouse (continued)
Robert A. LaMay
reconstruction of the roundhouse began during the fall of 1999. Phase
one was completed in August 2000. Comparing
this to the original 1892 construction here are some of the differences:
The overall roof height was increased
less than a foot to allow our locomotives to clear the tops of the
doorways. A brick paver floor replaces a dirt floor. Steel support
columns along with steel support beams hold up the wooden rafters,
plywood sheathing, and fiberglass roof shingles.Concrete block walls with a brick veneer and a
layer of insulation in between. The
endwalls measure 18” thick, backwalls are 14” thick, and front
supports are 16” thick. Twenty-one aluminum clad wooden double hung
windows with removable 9 over 9 mullion bar with double pane glass. The
original foundation and footings were used in the reconstruction.
The foundation granite capstones had to be reset in a new mortar
bed. Rebar was drilled 3’
into the brownstone foundation. Entrance door keystones were numbered
1-6. Of the original six
keystones, 1, 2, 3, and 4 were found during the excavation.
Due to the thickness of the original keystones, they wouldn’t
fit with the new steel beams in the wall over the doors.
Thinner keystones were cast to match the originals.
Summary – May
for May totaled $1,516.69 and came primarily from P & W ticket
sales, individual contributions, and the sale of roundhouse pavers.
amounted to $11,338.79 and consisted primarily of track ballast and
sub-ballast fill, paver inscriptions, and train show expenses.
Other costs included: railroad tools, roundhouse doors, purchase
of sales items, and restoration of buildings.
As of May
31, cash on hand totaled $20,901.28.
to the Chapter!
welcome the following new members who were voted into the chapter at
the June meeting:
& Elaine Alson, Stafford
& Kathleen Burke, Columbia
& Cindy McDuffee, Stafford