Pfizer #2 Arrives at Museum
On Tuesday, March
19th, a special ceremony was held at the Pfizer Global
Manufacturing plant in New London, CT to formally turn over 2
locomotives, one to the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum and one
to the Danbury Railway Museum. Danbury received SW8 #1 and we
received SW8 #2. Our
locomotive arrived at the museum on Saturday, March 23rd
via the P&W and NECR.
Our locomotive was
built at Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors during Feb
1953 as an SW8. It was built for the Wabash Railroad and was
numbered 130. After the
Wabash was merged into the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1964, it
was renumbered 3130.
When the Norfolk and Western merged with the Southern Railway
in 1982, it was renumbered 3730.
In 1985, the Norfolk
Southern retired 3730 and sold it to the National Railway Equipment
purchased the locomotive and had it modified with a 567C, 900 hp
prime mover and newer electrical wiring. When received by Pfizer in
March 1991, the locomotive was repainted in Pfizer beige and cream
colors and renumbered 2.
department reports that the locomotive is in good running order
except for some poor batteries.
Everyone is encouraged
to come to the museum and give our newest acquisition a thorough
New England Railroad Exhibit
The Danbury Railway
Museum is presenting “The Way It Was – a Photographic Essay on New
England Railroads in the 1930’s” through May 18th. These
historic rail photos were taken between 1932 to 1937 by renowned
author and photographer L Peter Cromwell and have never been shown
collectively to the public before.
The museum is located
in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White
Street, Danbury, CT.
For further information, visit the museum’s web site at
www.danbury.org/drm, or call (203)778-8337.
A Trip To Remember
Bridge Line (D & H) Historical Society
“Most tourist railroad
operations are not, to put it mildly, extravagantly financed. So the ticket seller for a
certain operation in a northeastern state must have been pleased
when a group proposed to charter their train for a special run. However, once the train had
started, the passengers took off all their clothes. A female crewmember said
afterwards that she’d felt strange, because when she went through
the coaches to collect tickets, she was the only clothed person in
The ‘naturists’ had
lowered the shades before stripping, but perhaps one car was the
modern sort with no shades.
In any case, one of the line’s neighbors saw the nakedness of
some passengers and alerted the local constabulary, who met the
train at the station.
Fortunately, the local authorities didn’t close down the
whole rail operation.
But the nudists were told that they wouldn’t be allowed to
come back for another ride.”
Bob LaMay Recognized
Via Railpace Newsmagazine
– Feb 2002Conn-DOT held a press conference on Dec 17, 2001
recognizing Bob LaMay, the late Joseph Snopek, and Phil Ginkas, a
graphics designer who designed the “New Haven” paint scheme used on
the new Genesis locomotives.
This was originally published in their book “Diesels to Park
Avenue” seven years ago as a “what if” design.
Another Artifact Lost
Via Order Board (RMNE)
The old wooden Central
Vermont roundhouse in New London was destroyed by fire on Sunday,
It had not been used for railroad purposes in many years and
the turntable had been removed years ago.
Besides being a CV
roundhouse, it also had another tie to our museum. Back in 1973, the
Connecticut Valley Railroad Association (now Railroad Museum of New
England) used the roundhouse to work on our 44-tonner #0800, which
was then owned by the Valley Railroad. It had just been
returned from the Electric Boat lease and maintenance work was done
there during February and March of that year.
What’s New at the Museum
Additional fill and
topsoil has been placed between the Section House and Chaplin
Station and graded to a final level and grass has been
The deck frame has
been completed for the Chaplin Station platform.
Some of the brush and
leaves have been cleared out of the future picnic area.
Nearly all track
remaining at the Kendall Spur has been removed and stockpiled to
bring to the museum
Pfizer #2 :
Our new locomotive
arrived at the museum on Saturday March 23rd and has been
moved into the museum grounds.
Track Extension:Fill has been spread east from Chaplin Station and
ballast and ties laid in preparation for extending the
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Apr 7 - Business
21 - CERM Train
28 - Membership
May 4 - Spring P & W
5 - Business
11 - Museum Opens for
19 - Membership
Spring P & W Excursion
Our May 4th
excursion on the Providence & Worcester Railroad is on schedule
and only 20 seats are left.
If you want to go, please contact Veronica at (401)568-6202
as soon as possible.
Our next P&W
excursion has been scheduled for September 21st. It is planned to go to
Providence with a 2-hour layover at the Roger Williams
Museum Opening for 2002
**********************************************The museum will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM every
Saturday and Sunday starting on May 11th. Volunteers will be needed to
sell admission tickets, man the sales office, and serve as tour
guides. A sign up sheet
will be placed in the Section House. It would be very helpful if
members could sign up in advance in order to improve
scheduling. If you
cannot sign-up in the Section House, leave a message on Mark
Granville’s answering machine at (860)456-3956. Time slots are from 10AM-1PM
CT Trolley Museum Steamers
The Climax engine put
up for sale by the Trolley Museum has been sold for $200,000 to the
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR of West Virginia which plans to
use it in excursion service.
The other two locomotives have been sold to Railstar
Locomotive Air Hoses
Via Trains – December
A question in “Ask
Trains” asks the purpose of the hoses on the sides of the couplers
on diesel locomotives.
The reply indicates that they are multiple-unit (MU) air
hoses used to connect the air brake systems in a locomotive
The largest hose,
nearest the coupler, is the equalizing line which connects the main
air reservoirs and allows each locomotive in the consist to share in
the charging of the brake pipe and reservoirs. The middle hose is used to
release the brake-cylinder pressure on the whole train. The last hose allows the
locomotive brakes to be applied or released independently of the
Via Trains – March
A snapshot of New
Haven rail traffic on a typical day in 1955 shows 3 passenger trains
each day between Hartford – Willimantic – Putnam and 1 freight train
each way with 11 or 12 cars.
One freight ran each way between Willimantic and Plainfield
with 10 cars. The
Airline had 1 freight train with 7 cars running to Amston and 2
continuing on to Colchester. Apparently, there was no regular
service between Willimantic and Amston.
Timesheets and Work DaysNow that the weather is getting better and more
members are working at the museum, please remember to fill out a
volunteer worksheet whenever you are working on a museum
project. Forms are
available in the Section House and may be given to Dick Sobielo or
left in the Section House in the appropriate folder.
Speaking of summer, we will be resuming
Saturday and Sunday work days when the museum opens on May
Bob LaMay presented a
program about the museum at the Lebanon Historical Society on April
A group of Boy Scouts
were at the museum on April 6th working on their Railroad
Museum in the News
Guide to Tourist Railroads – 2002: Listing and write up about
Connecticut Tourist Guide – 2002: Listing of
The Waybill – Mystic Valley Rwy Soc – Mar 2002: Photo of business end
of 25-tonner and photo of turntable and roundhouse.
Railfan & Railroad – May 2002: Paid museum ad.
SNET Community Connections
Last quarter the
Chapter received a check for $77.85 from SNET for participating in
the Community Connections program. To date we have received a
total of $1,706.65. The
Chapter receives 5% of the long distance telephone bill of
participants, even non-members. Have you signed up
Treasurer’s Summary – February
Income for February
totaled $7,044.51 and came primarily from membership dues, donations
and contributions, and the sale of tables at the train
Expenses amounted to
$2,301.81 and consisted of payment of National NRHS membership dues,
and various restoration, train show and administrative
As of February 28th,
cash on hand totaled $22,326.08.The Roundhouse loan balance was reduced to $1,000
with the payment of an additional $500. The loan certificates
outstanding currently total $39,500.