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

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

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

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 4014 caboose painting continues

Repairs to the wood roof of Canadian National coach 4992 are almost complete. Working on the north end of the car, Tony Pratt is attaching new curved wood pieces to the roof. These cars used a composite roof, with steel structural framing, wood strip underlayment and heavy canvas as the […]

Coach roof restoration continues

RMNE volunteer Al Pomeroy continues to perform some maintenance on Central Vermont wooden caboose #4014, taking advantage of the warmer weather to make repairs and apply fresh paint. This particular caboose was built in February 1925, replacing another car of the same number that had burned at White River Junction, […]

Central Vermont caboose 4014

The wooden Central Vermont caboose gets some attention inside the shop. More track expansion at Thomaston Shop Yard! During the weekend on September 25-26, museum volunteers added 330 feet of new storage track to the Thomaston Shop Yard. Using the 1954 Portland Terminal Company self-propelled crane to handle the rails, […]

Track extension at Thomaston Shop Yard

The date is Sunday, August 1, 1971, the location is Deep River, Connecticut.  Amtrak is 4 months old today.  It is the Valley Railroad‘s second day of public operation, and engine 103 is having a little indigestion this morning.  Raising steam to get out of Essex was a bit of […]

40 years ago…

Steam Power Returns to the Naugy! Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam on the Naugatuck Railroad! Ride behind a real 80 year old steam locomotive. Advance Reservations recommended. Extra displays and activities for children of all ages at the Station. Adults & Seniors $20 and Children (3-12) […]

Ride behind a real steam engine!

An early January blizzard dumped more than 24″ of snow on our railroad in a matter of hours! A plow extra was run on January 14 to keep the line clear consisting of NAUG 2203 and our Maine Central snow plow. Enjoy these photos from Celeste Echlin. A great composition […]

Snowfighting on the Naugy

While our next scheduled train rides are not until the Easter Bunny Express on Saturday, April 23, 2011, the members and volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England are busy with maintenance and restoration work in our Volunteer Shop in Thomaston, with ongoing improvements and repairs at Thomaston Station […]

Winter On the Naugy