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John (Jack) Kreeger, Editor          Volume 10, Number 7  November 2002
Published by the Connecticut Eastern Chapter of the N.R.H.S., Inc

From the Editorís Desk

by Jack Kreeger

I have started writing this article several times and don't know quite where to begin. I have been a member of the museum for several years, but not very active. In the past I have worked at a few projects and found that I am not suited to do hard work. I have been looking for , something to do to help the museum. I accepted the Editors job on a temporary basis to see if I had the abilities to do this. Filling the shoes of a person like Art Schnabel will be tough and I hope I am up to fulfilling the tasks necessary. Communication is the life-blood of any organization and The Ghost Train Journal provides the necessary communication to keep our members informed.

When I informed the membership at the meeting on Sunday evening that I would take the job temporarily I was informed that at the museum temporary lasts ten years. I look foreword to serving the museum as Editor of The Ghost Train Journal, for as long as I am able to serve.

Election of Officers

The nominating committee consisting of Art Hall, Bill Robinson, Walt Dumas, and Jerry Griffin presented the following slate for next yearís officers at the October 20th meeting:

President Mark Granville
Vice-President Duke York
Secretary Bill Robinson
Treasurer Jeff Laverty
National Director Joe Cerreto

As there were no further nominations, the slate was elected by acclamation.

Calendar of Events

Nov 17 Membership meeting
Nov 21 Roll-out of digital library at UConn
Nov 22 Joint auction with Textile Museum
Dec 1 Business meeting
Dec 8 CT Eastern Train Show
Dec 15 Membership Meeting/Committee sign-ups

Train Show

Our annual Fall train show will be held at Windham High School, 355 High Street, Willimantic, CT on December 8 from 10:00AM - 3:00PM. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $ 3.00 for seniors (62 yrs+), and children (under 12) are free.

The show will have numerous dealers selling G-O-S-HO-N Scale rolling stock, resin buildings in all scales, tin & metal signs, books & magazines, RR patches, New Haven RR "T" shirts, sweatshirts & hats, DCC controls, detail parts in all scales, postcards, timetables, HO brass signals, custom painted New Haven equipment, RR stocks & bonds, RR watches, electrified signs in all scales, and laser cut wood kits in 0 -S-HO-N.

There will also be operating 0-cale and HO-cale layouts and an N-cale coffee table layout. For the children there will be a hands-on operating G-scale layout. There will also be hourly raffles and a showing of vintage 16mm railroad films.

We will need help at 6:00PM on Friday, December 6 to set-up tables and at 7:00AM on Sunday to help vendors bring-in their wares.

Freight House Painting

by Duke York

This fall we completed the exterior painting on the freight house walls, which face the station and section house. Our faithful painting crew of Bill Bouchelle, Jeff Ricard, Scott Whittlesey and Walt Dumas applied primer and two finish coats.

The building looks great now, from the village anyway. As time, money and weather permit, we will make repairs to the other two sides of the freight house and hopefully paint the rest of it sometime in 2003.

Roll-Out at UConn

All members of the Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS, are invited to the Roll-Out Celebration of the University of Connecticut Libraries' newest digital collection, "Steam and Electric Locomotives of the New Haven Railroad," on Thursday, November 21, 2002, at 4:00p.m. in Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut in Storrs.

The Railroad History Archive at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center holds the corporate records of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and many of the railline's predecessor companies, as well as other collections of maps, photographs, annual reports, and related documents about the railroad history of southern New England. "Steam and Electric Locomotives of the New Haven Railroad" presents photographs from the Fred Otto Makowsky Papers, a collection of images taken by Makowsky, of Springdale, Connecticut, from the 1920ís to the 1940ís. Makowsky took photographs of virtually every piece of New Haven Railroad steam and electric locomotives and multiple unit cars in many locations along the New Haven Railroad route, most particularly in Boston, New Haven, Stamford, and Readville.

The Roll-out will provide attendees information about the digital collection as well as the historical context of the railroad and its locomotives. Speakers will include Ronald Dale Karr, author of The Rail Lines of Southern New England; J.W. Swanberg, author of New Haven Power, Alan Levitt, member of the Railroad History Collections Advisory Board; Roy Makowsky, nephew of Fred Otto Makowsky and donor of the photographs that comprise the digital collection; and Laura Katz Smith, Curator for the Railroad History Collections. A reception will follow the presentations.

Information about the Railroad History Collections is available on the internet at The digital collection is at (note: no www in these addresses).

An exhibit of photographs from the Railroad History Collections will be available for viewing in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center during the reception.

For more information about the Roll-Out, or if you have questions about the collections, please contact Laura Katz Smith at (860)486-2516 or

Name That Shed

by Duke York

One of the many projects at the museum this fall is to make use of the small shed out behind the roundhouse.

This building was donated by Mickey Haddad, owner of Jonathan's Pub, and moved to our museum years ago before it was fenced in. After cutting away overhanging limbs, the door was repaired and a ramp constructed to improve access. A whole truckload of junk was taken to the transfer station.

The shed will now be put to some new uses. First, we plan to use it to store flammable materials. Paint, thinner, linseed oil, gas, etc. will be stored here instead of the more valuable section house or roundhouse. Also, many tools not directly related to track work can be kept here. The door ramp means we can conveniently keep the generator and lawn mower here as well.

This new use for the shed has been part of the larger project of emptying the section house, where until recently you could barely get in the door. We've been trying top remove items that are not directly related to track work and maintenance so the interior looks once again like a section house.

Next time you're at the museum check out the changes in these two buildings. By the way, we need a name for out "new" shed. Any ideas?

Welcome to the Chapter

We welcome the following new members who were voted into the chapter at the October membership meeting:

Gregory Sweeney, Central Village, CT.

Treasurer's Summary - September

by Jeff Laverty

Income for September totaled $7,473.86 and came primarily from the P&W excursion, the sales department, individual contributions, museum admissions and roundhouse paver sales.

Expenses amounted to $9,008.84 and consisted primarily of P&W excursion costs and printing of our 2003 calendars.

As of September 30, cash on hand totaled $22,731.63.

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