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Story and photos by Tyler Trahan, RMNE volunteer All photos were taken while off duty. What kid hasn’t dreamed about working aboard a steam locomotive? I expect most envision being the engineer, one gloved hand on the Johnson Bar and the other on the whistle cord as the fiery beast […]

Coal River: Firing a Steam Locomotive in the Rain



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  Uniform Buttons by Al Galanty Images from the collection of Al Galanty Railroad transportation was crucial for inland Connecticut towns. Other than the Connecticut River and the Thames up to Norwich, most rivers were too shallow to support deep draft vessels needed to haul large amounts of raw and […]

Uniform buttons from the Naugatuck Valley


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Story and photos by Tyler Trahan Twice a week, a pickup truck drives the Naugatuck Railroad. It’s fitted with railroad wheels to run on rails and is driven by a museum volunteer tasked with inspecting the tracks. October 20, 2013 Today I’m riding along with track inspector Dave on Track […]

A Morning on the Track Car


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Happy spring! RMNE forces have been hard at work over the past few months to stabilize one of our most significant and oldest pieces, Maine Central Railway Post Office 411, built by the Laconia Car Works of New Hampshire. Constructed in 1914, it will be celebrating its hundredth birthday next […]

Laconia Car Works



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The view looking south at Thomaston on June 29, 1929. Notice the fuel oil dealer at far right, whose tanks are still located here today.   The view looking north at Thomaston,  June 29, 1929. Notice the brick enclosed water tank and the freight house on the right.   Looking […]

A look back at Thomaston Station


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NH 529 on the Valley Railroad, 1985. Photo by Howard Pincus Former New Haven Alco RS-3 529 was purchased by our museum from Amtrak in September 1985. Once the check was written and the documents signed, NH 529 arrived at our then-home on the Valley Railroad by mid-October. A few […]

Starting up New Haven 529 for the first time in ...


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While timetables are fairly common artifacts in railway preservation, due in part to the high number produced, this one caught the eye of the museum’s curatorial staff. Dated March 3, 1935, the cover is strongly influenced by the era’s visual style known as a Art Deco. Simply put, we think […]

Art Deco Railroad Timetable



While the inside of the station is now being enjoyed by our passengers and visitors, Kevin Meehan and John King have been removing the exterior Plexiglas covers from the west-facing waiting room windows.  Window locks are being installed and the windows will be usable for ventilation.  Exterior painting is also […]

Thomaston Station News


The 2012 Summer Olympics opened Saturday, July 28 in London. Simultaneously, the Naugatuck Railroad put two teams on the ground at Torrington, Connecticut, to salvage a short spur track south of the Water Street crossing. The Grey (Hair) Team included Howard Pincus, Foreman; Al Galanty, locomotive engineer; Tim Reed, crane […]

The Naugatuck Olympics: The Grey Team and the Brown Team


THOMASTON, Conn. (WTW) — The whirring of an orbital sander resonated off fresh drywall in the Thomaston Train Station on a recent day as volunteer John King of Southington prepared the surface for paint. Windows, original to the 1881 train station but removed and carefully restored over the winter, are […]

Train station restoration full steam ahead



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The winner of the first Amherst Railway Society Founders Award for preservation was announced on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Society’s Springfield Show. Shown receiving the $10,000 award from ARS President Sudro Brown on behalf of RMNE was Howard Pincus holding the check, Celeste Echlin and Sam Walker. The […]

RMNE Wins Major Amherst Railway Society Preservation Award


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A photo of a completed 4014 outside this past Saturday afternoon at Thomaston Shop. This former Central Vermont caboose was originally built in 1925, and retired in 1972 when it was purchased by the Steamtown Foundation in Vermont. In 1987 the caboose was purchased privately and moved to several museums […]

Caboose 4014 lettering complete


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RMNE Volunteer Al Pomeroy pauses while hand-painting the intricate Central Vermont “Maple Leaf” logo on the side of restored caboose 4014 (the CV was a subsidiary of Canadian National Railways, hence the maple leaf design). Stewart Crouse works on painting the complicated end handrails and hand brake mechanism; there are […]

Continued repainting of Central Vermont caboose 4014



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RMNE Volunteer Al Pomeroy pauses while hand-painting the intricate Central Vermont “Maple Leaf” logo on the side of restored caboose 4104 (the CV was a subsidiary of Canadian National Railways, hence the maple leaf design). Stewart Crouse works on painting the complicated end handrails and hand brake mechanism; there are […]

CV 4104 caboose painting continues


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Railroad Museum of New England volunteer Jason Hartmann has become a valued member of Naugatuck Railroad’s motive power force. He not only has worked keep the operational locomotives on the road, but is spending as much time as possible providing care to some of RMNE’s stored out-of-service power. Dedicating not […]

MEC 557 gets a little touch-up work