will be holding our annual election of officers at the October 21
meeting. A nominating
committee has been formed consisting of Art Hall (742-7454), Bill
Robinson (456-4903), Walt Dumas (646-8776), and Jack Krieger (643-4082).
If you would like to run for office, or nominate someone for
office, please contact one of the above members.
& W Excursion
fall excursion was sold out. We
should do very well financially. Thanks
go to Veronica Trudeau for all of her efforts in organizing this trip.
Track Laying Day
have been informed that the Army plans to be at the museum for a special
track laying day on October 20th.
They plan to extend the current track from the Section House past
the Chaplin Station, probably around 100 feet.
A video crew will be at the museum filming the Army at work. This
will be shown on national TV at a later date and should result in some
good publicity for the Army, as well as the museum.
fall train show will be held on December 2nd at Windham High
School from 10 AM to 3 PM. There
will be numerous vendors and several layouts.
We have been informed that there is no smoking in the school
building or on the school grounds.
– Sept 2001:
roundhouse with doors.
Waybill – Mystic Valley Rwy Soc - Sept 2001:
Operator’s Shanty & Roundhouse.
Journal – BJ’s Wholesale Club – Fall 2001:
rail museums and rides, including CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
New at the Museum
primer coat of paint on the roundhouse doors is nearly done.
more inscribed paver blocks have been received and are ready to be
fill has been added near the west end and the tail track ballasting is
complete. A trial run of moving the 44-ton locomotive and the S-4
locomotive to our mainline track was successful with no problems.
to the Army, 132-pound tie plates have been removed from a pile of ties
and the ties have been neatly stacked for future use.
fill has been placed and leveled in the village roadway area in
preparation for adding another crossing when the track is extended on
October 20. Siding on the
east end of the Freight House is being restored.
review of our September 17, 2001 membership roster reveals
the following facts:
currently have 275 members, including 194 primary members and 81 family
members come from 12 different states, as follows:
Rhode Island 12
Florida, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, & Vermont 1
some members live too far away to help at the museum on a regular basis,
we hope that they can stop by periodically to see what is happening.\
Steam Locomotive Classification System
o00000o Santa Fe
oo000oo Hudson (Baltic)
oo00000o Southern Pacific
oo000000o Union Pacific
oo0000-0000oo Big Boy
Anniversary of B&O Railroad
– August 2001
B&O Railroad Museum is planning a celebration for the 175th
anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad during 2002 and 2003.
The 16 month event is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors and
will include many exhibitions and educational programs.
highlight of the celebration will be a recreation of the 1927 Fair of the
Iron Horse featuring “first, best and only” locomotives from various
railroads, museums, and private collections.
The Fair will take place from June 27 to July 6, 2003.
of Upcoming Events
6 - All Member
- Business Meeting
- Army Track Laying Day
- Vermont Excursion
- Membership Meeting - Elections
4 - Business
- Membership Meeting
2 - CT Eastern
Eastern Railroad Museum calendars for next year are now available.
The price is only $4.00. If
you know of any possible distribution locations, take some calendars to
them. Contact Jeff Laverty
(429-7961) or Ray Axelrod (228-3197) for additional information or to
obtain some of the calendars for distribution.
Member Work Day
will hold another all member workday on Saturday, October 6th.
There are many projects to be worked on, so come on down.
you weren’t at the museum on September 15th, you missed a
great show. The New England
Central train coming south backed into the Devivo siding.
Its 3 locomotives cut-off the train and headed south. They coupled up to a train headed north and the 2 locomotives
that brought that train north uncoupled and continued back south with the
other train. No one present
ever remembered that happening before.
11:50AM on September 24th, Jerry Griffin was at the museum
working on the 25-ton locomotive when he saw a strange sight.
An Amtrak passenger train came through Willimantic heading
westbound. It consisted of
Amtrak locomotive #265, Amtrak passenger car #20139 and a high dome car
with a State of Connecticut seal #10001.
Does anyone know the purpose of the trip?
– August 2001
recent question in “Ask Trains” asked the cost of laying track. A rail consultant estimated the cost of main line track at
$1,000,000 per mile. This
includes: rail, plates and fasteners - $230,000; ties - $160,000; ballast
and sub-ballast - $75,000. Grading
is additional, running $300,000 in easier areas and much higher when
bridges, culverts, and grade crossings are involved.
Via Putnam Town
Crier – August 31, 2001
Town of Putnam received a visit in 1935 from the new New Haven Railroad
streamlined train, “The Comet.” The
train came via Willimantic and later headed towards Woonsocket, RI. It made the 157 mile New Haven to Boston trip in 143 minutes.
Over 90,000 people saw The Comet during the exhibition tour that
took the train over all the New Haven system.
Comet was the first streamlined train to be powered with diesel engines at
both ends. It was a 3-car
train, 207 feet in length, and could seat 160 passengers.
It featured indirect lighting and air-conditioning and was far
ahead of its time.
Callboy – Mass Bay RRE – June 2001
late Patrick B McGinnis, President of the New Haven RR from 1954-1956,
said the following when he first began charging commuters for parking at
his Fairfield County stations. “There
going to be parking at every station, and if it costs me money, it will
cost you money, because I’m a businessman, not the Ford Foundation.”
Summary – August
for August totaled $7,922.54 and came primarily from P&W Excursion
ticket sales, sale of old surplus fence and landscape ties, admission
fees, roundhouse pavers, and souvenir sales. Expenses amounted to
$2,351.14 and consisted primarily of a deposit for the P&W trip,
interest on the roundhouse loan, and restoration costs.
of August 31, cash on hand totaled $21,026.01.
August, we made 2 additional principal payments of $500 each on our
roundhouse loan, bringing our bank loan balance down to $15,500. While this is encouraging, we still owe $35,000 to members
for the loan certificates, so we still need to raise a significant amount
of money to pay off both loans.
are paying about $100 a month for bank interest.
Because of the generosity of our members in purchasing loan
certificates, we are saving approximately $250 each month in interest
to the Chapter!
welcome the following new members who were voted into the chapter at the
September 16th meeting:
& Janet Atkins, Storrs, CT
& Sandra Kauffman, Amston, CT
Labozzetta, Manchester, CT
Lavoie, Satsuma, FL
Leonardi, Columbia, CT
Lynch, Shoreham, VT
Mayo, Putnam, CT
Morse & Joan Jaffe Hall, Storrs, CT
Powell, Manchester, CT
Sweeney, Coventry, CT
Tsukroff, Pleasant Valley, NY
& Sylvia Wheeler, Colchester, CT
Randolph & Mary
Wibberley, Colchester, CT