The April directors
meeting of the NRHS voted to increase the national dues to $20 per
member and $3 for family members.
Chapter dues have
been $10 for many years. This
covers little more than the costs of printing and distributing the Ghost
Train Journal. At the July 15 membership meeting, a proposal was made to
increase the Chapter dues to $15. It
was pointed out that we now have higher costs with the opening of the
Museum and all members receive free admission with their membership.
Members also receive the knowledge that they are helping to
preserve railroad history in Eastern Connecticut.
It was voted unanimously to increase the dues to $15.
and Chapter dues will now be $35 for an individual membership.
Family members will be an additional $3.
Bob Hassett recently
took a ride up to the Northern Branch of our museum in Morrisville, VT
to see how our equipment there is holding up.
Some equipment was open so he took steps to secure them and lock
them up. He plans to show
some slides of his trip at our August Meeting.
Business Meeting Cancelled
The business meeting
scheduled for September 2nd will not be held because of the
Labor Day Holiday.
From St Louis
By Arthur Schnabel,
Outside of a few
problems at the convention hotel, the St. Louis Convention generally ran
with a minimum of problems.
The Wednesday trip
went to the Museum of Transportation, just outside of St Louis.
The museum was founded as a private organization, but was later
taken over by the County. They
have a tremendous collection of equipment, including many old steam
engines and rare and unusual equipment. Unfortunately, some of the older
equipment is in need of repair or restoration.
They have a short trolley ride of approximately ¼ mile.
Later in the day, a trip was taken to the Wabash, Frisco and
Pacific, a 12-inch gauge live steam railroad for a two-mile ride over
the original right of way of the Pacific Railroad.
On Thursday, we went
on a steam trip using Frisco 1522.
The trip went from St Louis through Hannibal to West Quincy, MO,
along the Mississippi River. The
Saturday trip, also using Frisco 1522, ran west alongside sections of
the famous Route 66. On both rides I was fortunate to ride on former New Haven car
“Pine Tree State”.
At the Director’s
meeting, it was voted to eliminate the half price dues from June to
August. Effective next year, anyone joining between January and August
31st will pay full dues and receive copies of all
publications issued during the year. Persons joining after September 1st will pay full
dues and receive membership for the balance of the current year as well
as the following year.
We recently received
a donation of the bed of the old Chaplin Station baggage cart. While
parts of the cart were missing, we do have parts from a similar cart
that will help us restore it.
New at the Museum
Additional track has
been spiked back towards the Section House and a crossing has been
installed to the rear of the Roundhouse.
The pump car ramp to the Section House has been completed.
Additional fill has been placed near the tail and the track has
been spiked down.
Installation of the
doors has been completed and they are now being painted.
Repair work is
continuing on the S-4 and 44-tonner to repair various problems.
found a buyer for most of our surplus fence and 100 landscape ties.
This enriches our treasury by $2100 and eliminates a lot of
& W Excursion
On September 29th,
the museum will hold another excursion on the P&W Railroad.
The trip will leave from Plainfield, CT and head north to
Worcester and Gardner, MA. It
will then head south, passing through the Taft Tunnel and traveling
along the Thames River to Groton and finally returning north to
Plainfield. A photo run-by
will be held, weather permitting. The
train will board at 8am and return at approximately 4:30pm.
Tickets are only
$45. If you are interested,
send a check, payable to Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum to:
Veronica Trudeau, 2421 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814.
For additional information, call Veronica at (401)568-6202 before
If you are a new member of
the museum or have just recently begun to work on museum projects, it
would be helpful if you would fill out a volunteer worksheet indicating
any projects you were working on and the time spent working on them.
Volunteer time by members may be used in many cases to provide matching
effort by the Museum for grant funds.
Forms are available in the Section House.
Filled out forms may be given to Dick Sobiello or left in the
Section House in the appropriate folder.
There is an old
saying “If you build it they will come.”
This has proven to be true with our roundhouse and museum.
Museum attendance to date is as follows:
fees, many visitors purchase souvenirs or a paver, join the museum,
donate money or railroad artifacts to the museum, or sign up for the
SNET Community Connections Program.
All of these help to make the museum better.
Help promote the museum by wearing your museum T-shirt or cap.
We need ticket sellers and
tour guides every Saturday and Sunday.
Even if you are unable to sign up in advance, come to the museum
and you may free up someone who can work on construction projects.
of Upcoming Events
9 - Canterbury
Senior Center Tour
- Membership Meeting
- Model T&A, CERM, NMRA Picnic
16 - Membership
- Indian Summer Express Excursion
- Trip to CAMA Fall Festival
4 - Connecticut
Eastern Train Show
Admission for Members
Members of the
Connecticut Eastern Chapter of the NRHS are entitled to free admission
to the museum. Unfortunately,
we do not always recognize the faces of the members, so please bring
your NRHS/Connecticut Eastern membership card when you visit the museum.
Non-working members and visitors should park outside the fence in
the parking area. If you
are a working member, you may park inside the gate behind the
Antique Machinery Association Fall Festival
The museum is sponsoring a bus trip
on Sunday, September 30th
to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s Fall Festival in
Kent Connecticut. CAMA's
show is a major public event, a culmination of the years' activities
when the grounds are filled with all sorts of operating antique
machinery. There will be operating exhibits including gas engines, steam
engines, narrow gauge railroad, construction equipment, tractors, steam
traction engines, steam launches, antique motorcycles, hot tube ignition
engines, rock crusher, shingle mill, large diesel engines, well
drillers, wood sawing, antique cars and trucks, mining museum, vendors
selling mechanically related wares, food on the grounds, including their
famous engineers steam cooked soup for a full day of fun. The bus will leave the museum at 8am and will return at 6pm.
Bus fare should be about $20 per person.
If you are interested in going, please call Bill Robinson at
(860)456-4903 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
member, Patricia Brett, passed away recently.
Our sympathy is extended to her family.
A meeting was held
at the museum on Saturday, July 14th with the Army Engineers
regarding the installation of the turntable. The discussion involved
what needed to be done and whether the Army Reserve had the equipment
needed to do the job. They
indicated that they wanted to assist us with this and possibly other
projects. The project will
most likely be done in the fall.
Major Martin Piech,
commanding officer of the 1205th TROB, brought two
representatives of the United Kingdom Defense Rail Executive to the
museum for a tour on August 5th. Major Gary Draisey and Warrant Officer Ian Thorburn are
currently visiting some of the 1205th’s training sites.
and Tie Plates
Did you know that
rail comes in different lengths and weights?
We are using 107-pound rail for the main line of our museum.
The rail is classified by the weight per yard, thus 107-pound
rail would weigh 107 pounds for each yard of length.
In the roundhouse, we are using 80-pound rail and we plan to use
80-pound rail in our sidings and yard areas.
Tie plates, which
are used to help hold the rails on the ties, are also classified by the
weight of rail for which they are designed.
The ties that we have received from the DOT, have 132-pound tie
plates attached. Since
these are too wide for our rail, we must remove them and replace them
with 107-pound tie plates. When
installing them, the wider edge must be placed on the outside of the
track because the tie plates are thinner on the inside and heavier on
the outside, thus tilting the rails slightly to the inside.
– August 26th
The Model T & A
Club, the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum and the Nutmeg
Division of the National Model Railroad Association will hold a joint
picnic on August 26th. Please
sign-up on the enclosed form.
Summary – June
By Jeff Laverty
Income for June
totaled $6,099.57 and came primarily from Grand Opening admissions &
food sales, sales department sales, contributions and the sale of
Expenses amounted to
$5,098.38 and consisted primarily of installation of electrical service,
inventory purchases for the sales department and restoration cost for
As of June 30, cash on hand
totaled $21,307.87. Our
bank loan balance has been reduced to $16,500.00.