21 windows, not including the round windows on top and rear door, to
complete the roundhouse. The
major problem to date has been finding funding to do this.
Each window will cost about $1300.
It has been decided to accept donations of $1000 per window for
which the donor will have an engraved plaque affixed to the window.
The window manufacturer has agreed to accept orders for 5 or 6
windows at a time, so that we will not have to order all of them at
would like to participate, contact any of our officers for further
information. We already
have an order for our first window.
Perhaps you are part of a group of individuals who can combine
their funds to purchase a window.
years, the museum has been given many artifacts, historical information,
etc. Since we did not have
any place to store these things, many members volunteered to store them
at their homes temporarily. We
would now like to consolidate these items at the museum where they can
be used for displays or other historical purposes.
have any museum property, please contact one of the officers so that we
can make arrangements to bring these items to the museum.
DUES NOTICES HAVE BEEN MAILED
PLEASE RENEW PROMPTLY
MU Training Module #7000 Donated to Museum
unit was built by Morrison-Knudson as a training module for Connecticut
DOT’s M-6 cars. While it
contained full operator controls, it was not a full size car and did not
contain any running gear. It
was later converted into a security building at the Bronson Street
entrance to the New Haven yard. When
it was no longer needed, it was donated to the museum.
Arnold and Ken Sigfriedson examined the car to determine the equipment
needed to move it to the museum. Ken
made arrangements with several contractors to lift it on a truck and
move it to Willimantic. It
arrived on January 17th.
Thanks to the donated services of these contractors, it has been
received with a minimum cost to the museum.
Thanks Ken and Dick for all of your work.
have been made to use it as offices, a gift shop, or possibly a small
interested in photos of Connecticut railroad stations, yards, buildings,
etc? Take a look at www.cthistoryonline.org.
This website contains photos and information on many Connecticut
subjects, including over 900 railroad photos.
The Chaplin Station, with Elmer Jewett and the 1892 roundhouse
are two of the photos located on this website.
in the News
Chronicle – January 18, 2002: Photos of MU Car arriving at
– Feb 2002: Photo of Vermont Railway/ New England
New at the Museum
work: Additional track work
has been done near the old crossing behind the roundhouse.
44-Ton locomotive: Bob
Hassett has had the damaged batteries repaired and has cleaned the
battery box. The engine is
Lynch, CT-DOT, is writing a book on the history of the Norwich Branch of
the New Haven Railroad. He
is looking for photographs and slides, particularly any that show the
RDC cars. Call him at
listing of committee members appears below.
If your name does not appear or you want to become a member of
one of the committees, call Mark Granville at 860-456-3956.
listing of Museum Departments will appear next month.
2002 Committee Listing
– as of 2/8/2002
Nickerson – Co-Chair
Robinson – Co-Chair
Raising and Grantwriting
Cerreto – Chair
Operations and Activities
Raphaelson – Chair
of Upcoming Events
- Membership Meeting
Speaker – Al Song
3 - Business
- Museum display at Coin Show
- Membership Meeting
7 - Business
- CT Eastern Train Show
4 - Spring P
& W Excursion
Our speaker for
February will be Albert C. Song, a professional engineer in the
mechanical department of the Connecticut DOT Office of Rail Operations.
His presentation will be on yard and mainline operations,
principally around the New Haven area.
at Coin Show
The Museum will be
setting up a display at a coin show at the old Kramer School in
Willimantic on Sunday, March 10th.
The show runs from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Our Spring Train
Show will be held at Windham High School on Sunday, April 21st.
P & W Excursion
spring excursion on the P & W will be held on Saturday, May 4th.
The trip will go from Plainfield to Gardner, MA to Groton, CT
& return. See the
enclosed flyer for details.
to the Chapter!
We welcome the
following new members who were voted into the chapter at the January
& Kathleen Donner, Brooklyn, CT
Bailey, Bolton, CT
& Morgan (son) Baker, Storrs, CT
Mathieson, Ashford, CT
Summary – December
By Jeff Laverty
Income for December
totaled $6,220.32 and came primarily from paver sales, train show
admissions, souvenir sales, and food concessions at the train show.
Expenses amounted to
$4,396.89 and consisted primarily of train show expenses, banquet costs,
ballast purchases, and supplies for the Chaplin Station and Groton
Freight House platforms.
As of December 31,
cash on hand totaled $17,859.51.
The Roundhouse loan
balance was reduced to $2,000 with the payment of an additional $500.
After this balance is paid off, we can begin to pay off the loan
certificates, which currently total $39,500.
Report of Income and Expenses
Income for the year
2001 totaled $84,229.74 and expenses were $76,463.03, leaving us with a
cash balance of $17,859.51 as of December 31, 2001.
Major categories of income and expenses were as follows:
|Grants & Donations||19,035.92||
|Sale of surplus materials||7,180.40||
|Track work and Utilities||12,827.18
|Tools and equipment||11,404.46
of the Chaplin Station and 44-ton locomotive as seen from the track in
front of the Willimantic Section House.
Note the completed village crossing in front of the locomotive.
Hall – Chair (860)742-7454
LaMay – Chair (860)456-9999
Shamonis – Chair (860)649-6713
Sokol – Chair (860)456-4903
Trudeau – Chair (401)568-6202