Eastern Annual Banquet
annual banquet will be held on Saturday, December 1st at
Windham Community Memorial Hospital.
The dining room is just to the right after you come through the
dinner will be buffet style and we have been assured that there will be
plenty of food for everyone. The low price for this dinner is only $17.00 per
person. For this price you
can’t afford to stay home.
dinner, we will have a presentation by Albert C. Song, PE, Mechanical,
Office of Rail Operations, Connecticut Department of Transportation.
He will talk to us about yard and main line operations.
To conclude, we will have a short review of the year’s
activities by Joe Cerreto. Be
sure to attend.
send your reservations to Jeff Laverty, 68 Mulberry Road, Mansfield
Center, CT 06250. The
deadline is November 24th.
attending @ $17.00
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nominating committee consisting of Art Hall, Bill Robinson, Walt Dumas,
and Jack Krieger presented the following slate for next year’s
officers at the October 21st meeting:
– Mark Granville
– Duke York
– Bill Nickerson
– Jeff Laverty
Director – Joe Cerreto
there were no further nominations, the slate was elected as nominated.
10 years, the CT Eastern Chapter has a new president, Mark Granville.
Mark thanked Joe Cerreto for his many years of service to the
Chapter and promised an appropriate roasting at the banquet.
expressed his thanks to everyone for his or her hard work, dedication,
and loyalty during these past 10 years.
He indicated that without the establishment of the Chapter and
the museum, he never would have made the many new friends he made during
this period. He expressed
his hopes that the members continue to support the new president, as
they did him.
CT Eastern Calendars
2002 calendars are now available for only $4.00.
With so many people interested in trains, they are easy to sell
or use as nice gifts.
know of any possible distribution locations, take some calendars to
them. See Jeff Laverty
(429-7961) or Ray Axelrod (228-3197) for additional information or to
obtain some of the calendars.
New at the Museum
A concerted effort was made
to remove all of the remaining 132-pound tie plates from the tie piles
so that we can exchange them for needed switch ties and other switch
has been extended just past the Chaplin Station.
of rail has been moved from the old Kendal spur area to the museum.
primer coat of paint on the roundhouse doors has been completed.
have noticed some rails with a parallel rail adjacent to it in our rail
piles. These are guard
rails, used to help prevent major derailments on bridges or areas where
it would be hard to fix.
Army track laying day on October 20th was a big success with
additional track ballasted, laid, and spiked down past the Chaplin
Station (around 99 feet). The 44-ton locomotive was moved down to the
station and was the first train to stop at Chaplin Station in over 100
years. The entire day was
filmed for publicity purposes.
pieces of the museum’s equipment are located at other locations
including Old Saybrook CT, Palmer MA, and Morrisville VT.
We have also been offered additional pieces of equipment that
must be moved within a relatively short time.
Some equipment may be able to move by rail, but most will have to
be moved by truck, probably requiring a crane at both ends of the move.
Do you know of any truckers
or crane operators that might be able to help us, preferably for as
little cost as possible? If
so, contact Bill Robinson at 456-4903 or firstname.lastname@example.org
membership and business meetings will now be held at Windham
Community Memorial Hospital, 112 Mansfield Avenue,
Willimantic, CT. Park in
the main lot at the top of the hill and walk into the main entrance.
We will be meeting in the banquet room on your right.
Our previous meeting location at the Willimantic Police Station
is being remodeled for other uses and is no longer available.
of Upcoming Events
2 - Willimantic
School trip to the museum
- Business Meeting
- Membership Meeting
1 - Annual
Program by Al Song, Conn-DOT
- CT Eastern Train Show
- Membership Meeting
fall train show will be held on December 2nd at Windham High
School from 10 AM to 3 PM. We
will need help setting up the tables and chairs on Friday evening.
Sunday, we will need workers to help the vendors in and out of the
building, sell tickets at the door, help with the food, and staff the
museum’s table. Please
help out if you can.
There will be no business
meeting on December 2nd because of the train show.
soon be time to sign up for committees for next year.
You may sign up for any committees for which you have an
interest. If everyone takes
a small part, the burden is not as heavy on a few people.
Museum in the News
– Nov 2001:
Picture of the roundhouse.
Railpace – September 2001
an employee of the Ginther Coal Company in Pennsylvania was shoveling at
a refuse bank when he hit a large piece of metal pipe.
After further excavation, a steam locomotive was uncovered.
It apparently was an old saddle tank Vulcan that had exploded
during the 1930’s and later buried.
Restoration of the locomotive is currently underway.It has long
been rumored, according to articles in the Hartford Courant and Meriden
Record-Journal that we have buried treasure in Silver Lake in Meriden.
Reportedly, railroad cars from the late 1800’s that derailed on
the causeway at the Lake were pushed over the edge and buried alongside
the track. So far, nothing
has been found.
Railpace – September 2001
The Strasburg Railroad has
contracted to build 4 replica “Thomas the Tank” Engines.
The new engines will include 3 standard gauge and 1 narrow gauge
engines and will be purchased by museums in Colorado, Illinois, and
Wisconsin. They will be
slightly smaller, be unpowered, and will require a real engine to push
or pull the train. Completion
is expected by January 1, 2002.
Danbury Departures – Danbury RM – August 2001
interested in the railroads of North Carolina?
The State of North Carolina has a free 28-page publication that
covers mostly the short lines but includes much information.
The publication is “The Railways of North Carolina, The
Official Directory – Spring 2001.”
There is also an 8.5”x11” map showing all trackage in the
state. Both are available
free from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division,
1553 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1553.
attendance during October consisted of 111 paid admissions and 45
children and guests. $86.85
in donations was received.
to the Chapter!
welcome the following members who were voted into the chapter at the
October 21st meeting:
Dulac, Southington, CT
Peiffer, Groton, CT
Phillips, Jr., Baltic, CT
Summary – September
for September totaled $5,732.48 and came primarily from P & W
Excursion ticket sales, souvenir sales, roundhouse pavers, and admission
amounted to $9,321.84 and consisted primarily of the P & W trip,
purchase of museum souvenirs, purchase of track ballast, and purchase of
As of September 30, cash on
hand totaled $16,636.65.