Summer Express Excursion
We have sold 62
tickets for the Providence & Worcester excursion on September 29 and
have requests for about 30 more. Only
150 tickets are left.
Tickets are $45.00
each. If you want to be
part of the trip, send a check, payable to “Connecticut Eastern RR
Museum” to: Veronica Trudeau, 2421 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814.
For additional information, call Veronica at (401)568-6202 before
Member Work Day
We are planning to
hold an all member workday on Saturday, September 8th.
Members are asked to bring a shovel.
While we have many things to be done, our primary emphasis will
be on track work. We need
to get our new track area leveled, ballasted, and spiked down before we
can use it to store our Hartford Line equipment.
You do not have to do heavy work to help with track work.
Give us a hand!
Like to paint?
We still have painting to do on the roundhouse doors. Like carpentry? We
have begun restoration of the Groton Freight House.
Want something easier?
Help staff our entrance booth or serve as a tour guide.
This will help free up other members who can do the heavier work.
If you will be available on that day, your help would be
appreciated. We also look
forward to your help on any other days you are available.
Transit Alliance is planning to operate a fall excursion to Vermont on
the New England Central during mid October.
They are awaiting approval from NECR before it can be scheduled.
New at the Museum
exterior of the roundhouse doors have received their primer coat.
and deteriorated tie pile is shrinking rapidly as Ken Sigfriedson
continues to find buyers for landscaping purposes.
England Region of the NMRA, the T & A Club, and our museum had about
44 people attending the picnic on August 26th.
Grand Opening, Bob LaMay met Allan Thomas, who years ago purchased our
Railbus from the Maine Central Railroad.
Bob met him recently in New Hampshire and he said that he still
had some items like the number lights, headlights, and classification
lights and indicated that he would like to donate them to the museum.
quarter the Chapter received a check for $75.75 from SNET for
participating in the Community Connections program.
To date we have received a total of $1,547.62.
Have you signed up yet?
sold approximately 180 floor pavers for the roundhouse.
Have you placed an order for yours yet?
New England Rail-Trails-Summer 2001
The Town of Windham has
completed the preliminary design stage for the Kendall Spur Rail-Trail,
which will connect with the Airline North State Park Trail and bring it
into the center of Willimantic.
The ribbon cutting is expected within 18 months. The town contact
is Mark Paquette, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of
London Railroad Station
Ambassador –CV Historical Society-Vol 11 # 2
London has approved an $8 million bond issue to be used for the purchase
and renovation of the 112-year old station.
It will continue to be used by Amtrak and will also serve as a
visitor’s center for the Thames Maritime Heritage Park, which will be
operated by the State of Connecticut.
Station Historical Society
Railroad Station Historical Society has compiled a listing of
significant extant railroad structures in North America.
We have 3 buildings listed: the Roundhouse, Chaplin Station and
the Groton Freight House. Check
out their web site at http://www.rrshs.org/.
Gazette - Collis P Huntington Chapter NRHS-April 2001
2001, Amtrak lost $16.38 on every passenger ticket sold.
The worst losses were Chicago to Janesville, WI ($483), and
Orlando to Los Angeles ($248). The
metroliner that runs between Boston, New York and Washington earned only
$38 per ticket.
ever wonder what the letter designations for various locomotive models
mean? Here are some of the
more common model series.
- Switcher, Cast Frame
- Switcher, Welded Frame
- Switcher, Cast Frame
- Switcher, Welded Frame
- Passenger Cab unit, A1A-A1A
- Freight Cab unit, B-B
- Branch Line
- General Purpose Road Switcher, B-B
- Special Duty Road Switcher, C-C
- Full-width car body (as in F40)
- D-D wheel arrangement
- B-B wheel arrangement
- C-C wheel arrangement
- Alternating Current
- High Hood
- Diesel Locomotive
- Freight, A-Unit
- Freight, B-Unit
- Passenger, A-Unit
- Road Switcher
- Montreal Locomotive Works
- Model VO engine
- Diesel Switcher
- Diesel Road-Switcher
- All Service
- Diesel Road
- Road Freight
- Hood car body
- Consolidation Line (C-Line), Freight, A Unit
- Consolidation Line (C-Line), Passenger, A Unit
of Upcoming Events
8 - All Member
- Membership Meeting
- Indian Summer Express Excursion
- Trip to CAMA Fall Festival in Kent
6 - All Member
- Business Meeting
- Membership Meeting
2 - Connecticut
Eastern Train Show
fall train show will be held on December 2nd instead of
November 4th as previously announced.
Windham High School informed us that we have been “bounced”
from our original date by a school event.
If you know of a vendor who would be interested in coming, give
Joe Sokol a call at (860)872-2240.
Antique Machinery Association Fall Festival
Reminder: the Museum is sponsoring a bus
trip on Sunday, September 30th
to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s Fall Festival in
Kent, Connecticut. A bus
will leave the Museum at 8 AM and will return at 6 PM. Bus fare should
be about $20 per person. If
you are interested in going, you must call Bill Robinson at
(860)456-4903 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations are required. The
bus will be cancelled if we do not get enough response.
Railroads of Willimantic, CT
was at one time the junction of three major rail lines.
The Airline route originated
near the busy Cedar Hill rail yard, just north of New Haven,
Connecticut. From here it went in a diagonal direction to the northeast
through Middlefield, Middletown, Portland, East Hampton, Amston,
Lebanon, and onto Willimantic. From
Willimantic the line continued to follow a northeast direction through
Putnam and onto the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts.
The New Haven to Willimantic portion was constructed in 1873 by
the New Haven, Middletown, & Willimantic Railroad.
In 1875 it was reorganized as the Boston, New York Airline
Railroad. The Boston, New
was eventually leased to the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad
in 1882. The New York &
New England Railroad completed the Willimantic to Boston portion of the
Airline in 1873.
second railroad that formed a junction with the
“Airline Division’ was also part of the New York & New
England Railroad. This line
operated from Providence, Rhode Island to Hartford, Connecticut via
Willimantic. It was
constructed by the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad, which
entered Willimantic in 1849. As
the result of mergers, failures, and reorganizations it became part of
the New York & New England that went bankrupt in 1893 and again
emerged as the New England Railroad under the control of the New York,
New Haven & Hartford Railroad.
The New Haven leased the New England in 1898 and it came to be
known as the ‘Midland Division’.
The third railroad that also
was in close proximity with the New Haven’s two divisions was the New
London Northern Railroad. In
1871 this line was leased to the Vermont Central and eleven years later
in 1892 became the Central Vermont Railway.
In 1995, the CV was sold to Railtex, which operated the route as
the New England Central Railroad. In
1999, the NECR was sold to Rail America, which continues to use the New
England Central name.
Museum had a total of 196 visitors during August, 131 paid admissions
and 65 guests and children. Admission
fees totaled $393, donations received were $31.96, and sales grossed
Summary – July
for July totaled $12,221.46 and came primarily from corporate grants,
sale of pavers and museum admissions.
amounted to $17,074.72 and consisted primarily of the purchase of track
equipment, restoration of the roundhouse doors, locomotive lubricants,
and track ballast.
July 31, cash on hand totaled $16,454.61.