annual banquet was held on December 2nd at Windham Community
Hospital with about 30 in attendance.
The food was delicious! You missed a good meal if you didn’t
attend. Following dinner,
Peter Montville, a member of the Hartford Railroad Enthusiasts,
presented a program entitled “Train Watching 2000”, a review of
places he visited during the year.
Later, President Granville presented a short tribute and roast of
past President Cerreto, who ended the evening with a review of past
activities at the museum.
was down a bit at the fall show, but most of the vendors were happy with
their sales and we should come out ahead.
Show attendees were given free admission to the museum which
resulted in 101 visitors, including 11 paying customers.
at Monthly Meetings
program of having guest speakers at the membership meetings fell by the
wayside this past year because of the tremendously successful efforts
put into opening the Museum to the public.
We plan to have speakers at our membership meetings next year.
In order to keep the meetings from being too long, we will
conduct most of the business at our 1st Sunday meetings and
limit the membership meetings to more important matters.
CT Eastern Calendars
Make Great Christmas Gifts
New at the Museum
remaining 132-pound tie plates were removed from the ties and traded to
a used equipment dealer for 179 switch ties.
track areas have been leveled and ballasted by the Army and our members.
crossing has been built across the tracks at the village area.
It looks great!
temporary crossing behind the roundhouse has been removed and the track
is being leveled so a permanent crossing can be installed.
pieces of rail from the Kendall spur have been moved over to the museum,
thanks to the loan of a truck by Howard Spector
and a loader by Maurice Bisson.
Griffin has been hard at work painting the 25-tonner.
It has received a full coat of white paint and has blue stripes
on the ends and a blue roof.
telephone lines are ready to be installed following connection of the
underground communications pipes.
Griffin has installed an American Flag on the front of the Section
have been dug for the platform piers at the Chaplin Station and the
Groton Freight House and concrete will soon be poured.
in the Pit
Saturday, November 24th the turntable bridge was lowered into
the turntable pit and placed on blocks.
Central Construction Industries of Putnam, CT recently purchased
a new 70-ton crane and offered to help us with the turntable, which
weighs 14 tons. Other than
a light rain, the job was accomplished quickly and easily.
Hopefully, it will be restored to operating condition next year
with the assistance of the Army.
very successful first year as an operating museum means that we must
continue to evolve as an organization.
We are not only building a museum, we are operating one!
Accordingly, it has been decided to make a greater distinction
between “committees” and “departments”.
will be responsible for those tasks where members will have to meet
periodically to discuss or plan actions for the Museum.
Each committee will decide on it’s own chairman.
Departments will deal with those areas that are task or job
oriented. The executive committee will appoint a director or department
head to oversee each department
did not get to sign up for a committee at the November meeting or are
interested in volunteering your talents to a department, contact Mark
Granville to sign up or obtain further information.
Acquisitions: responsible for searching out new equipment,
buildings, or items that would help portray the railroad story to
visitors and arrange for transportation to the museum.
Audit: responsible for reviewing the records of our
Treasurer to verify their accuracy.
Fund Raising and Grant Writing:
responsible for programs designed to raise funds for the museum and
preparing grant applications.
responsible for directing a program designed to obtain and welcome
new members, assist members with questions or problems, and provide
services for the good and welfare of the membership.
Museum Operations and Activities:
responsible for developing a program to welcome visitors to the museum,
provide tour guides, and develop special programs and activities to
Museum Planning: responsible for planning the
development of the museum infrastructure.
Public Relations: responsible for promoting the museum to the
public and attracting visitors to the museum.
Rail Operations: responsible for designing programs to provide
safe operation of railroad equipment and qualifying rail equipment
operators in order to provide for the safety of the workers and visitors
to the museum.
Train Show: responsible for planning
our train shows, securing vendors, and operating each train show.
of Upcoming Events
16 - Membership
6 - Business
- Membership Meeting
2 - Amherst
Railway Society Train Show
- Amherst Railway Society Train Show
Renewals for 2002
renewal forms will be mailed out shortly.
Your prompt attention to returning the forms would be
or later, our summer in December will be ending and we must face the
reality of snow and ice. We
plan to continue our Saturday workdays during the upcoming months,
weather permitting. There
are several projects to work on and we can always warm up in the Section
House if it gets too cold.
major determining factor is the condition of the roadway.
If it gets too icy or rutted, it may not be passable.
If you are traveling some distance, you might want to check with
one of the officers before you head out to the museum.
We had a total of 85
visitors, including 58 paid admissions and 27 guests and children, for
the month of November. Admission
fees totaled $174, donations amounted to $34 and gift shop sales were
quarter we received $81.18 from SNET, bringing our total to $1,628.80.
to the efforts of Dick Arnold,
we are now the owner of a Grade-all truck donated by Frank
Aleria. The Grade-all has already been used to dig a communications
ditch, construct the village crossing and ballast the tracks.
Merrill, Jr of Bristol recently donated a hand truck used at the
Colchester Freight House.
Hildebrandt of Columbia has donated a 2-HP 40-gallon compressor
to the museum.
Classification Lights & Air Horn:
Thompson of Campton, NH, who formerly owned our Maine Central
railbus, has donated these parts to the museum.
Cerreto has donated equipment that can be used to help
protect the museum.
Lavallee has taken over the printing and mailing of the Ghost
Train Journal. If you
have problems receiving your Ghost
Train Journal, contact him at 860-228-0796.
fifty 1st grade students from the Natchaug School in
Willimantic visited the museum on Friday, November 2nd.
Six members were on hand to show the students around and tell
them about the early days of railroading.
One highlight was the New England Central train that passed by
during the tour.
LaMay presented a slide show about the museum to the
Willington Historical Society on November 16th.
Archives & Library: responsible for maintaining our historical records and
library, including making the library books available to the membership.
for obtaining programs for our monthly membership meetings.
Maintenance of Way: responsible for laying new track where
needed and keeping existing track in good repair.
Mechanical: responsible for keeping all equipment
mechanically sound and operating properly.
Newsletter: responsible for writing, editing, printing,
and mailing the Ghost Train Journal.
Property Management & Security:
responsible for maintaining records of museum property and keeping that
property secure and in good condition.
Restoration & Buildings:
responsible for the restoration and maintenance of buildings and
Sales: responsible for purchasing items for resale at the
museum, at train shows, or at other events and for planning, printing,
and selling the annual museum calendar.
to the Chapter!
welcome the following new members who were voted into the chapter at the
November 18th meeting.
& Paul Smith, Storrs, CT
Summary – October
for October totaled $10,261.60 and came primarily from the P & W and
Vermont excursions, souvenir sales, and the sale of roundhouse pavers.
Also included was the sale of unneeded tie plates that were
swapped for switch tie sets.
amounted to $6,338.71 and consisted primarily of the switch tie sets,
excursion costs, insurance, and purchases for the sales department.
October 31, cash on hand totaled $19,859.54.
Our roundhouse bank loan
balance was reduced to $14,000 with an additional payment of $1,000.