Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:23 am

The last Guest Operator/RT week-end for the year will be the 3rd week-end of September.
It has been a busy year with lots of new & existing members wanting their turn at the controls.

Sunday, August 21st there were seven of us in operations.
The Dispatcher was sending three cars at a time down the line to get all the work done in a timely fashion.
That makes it interesting when they come back, as two wrong rail into two different sidings while the third right rails to the Farm Rv Rd station.
It is also a challenge for the operators vs. normal back & forth operations.
Car use was equally split between trolley & subway cars.

Trolley cars available (after Hurricane Sandy we had to a lot of motor drying & some need to be sent out for O/H)
- ConnCo 775 & 1602
- Atlanta 348
- Johnstown 357
- New Orleans 850
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby TomNelligan » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:07 pm

Mr. rt... I've seen the photos of the carbarn area under water, so I know how wet things got during Sandy, but are those six cars the only ones in the collection that are currently operational or just the ones that were out that day?
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:43 am

Those six are just the trolley cars, we also have some of the MOW & subway cars in operating condition.
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby polybalt » Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:39 pm

Can anyone update the status of the project to build two new car barns above flood level? Did the Museum get any acceptable bids? If so,have they awarded a contract? When is construction likely to begin?

Thanks
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby RailRide » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:11 pm

I'm surprised no one has posted this yet:
http://www.bera.org/etc-photos.html

Publically-accessible photos of the current site preparation and future barn construction.

I'm assuming further photos will be added without fanfare or announcement, so keeping tabs on progress will likely depend on checking the linked page every once in awhile.

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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:19 am

What you see in the photos is prep for the footings for building #2. The steel is coming soon too.
We recently acquired some used track, plus a couple of special switches have been orderd.
By the first snow fall the shells of both buildings should be up.
The goal was to have tracks to the buildings by Fall, but we encountered some State red tape.

I have been on the site of the work.
We have retained a border of trees around the site, as requested by the community ... they didn't want to be able to SE the buildings.
This lets us keep the Halloween activity in the trees this year & the future ... this now brings in a lot of money.
Can you believe it, folks pay us lots of money to scare them :-)

This week-end is the last RT/Guest Opr ... I'll be operating a couple of NYC subway cars.
Pay us enough money & I'll be happy to pilot you :-)

Sometime early next year we won't have any cars outside anymore !
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby RailRide » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:53 am

And now the newest photos: http://www.bera.org/etc-photos.html

One building erected, a concrete/steel pit in the other, and specialwork for the new track links arrive.

(I'm surprised none of the regulars have provided the link to the newest photo page)

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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:22 pm

Was there Saturday for the ribbion cutting.
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:16 am

Training for new trolley operators is going on in March.
Meanwhile many ties have been set in one of the new buildings.
Our plan is to get much of the fleet up there before September.
This means cutting in a switch off the main plus O/H power or getting our new 25 ton diesel operating.
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby 4400Washboard » Sun May 18, 2014 4:29 pm

When is rapid transit weekend this year?
MTA project completion date calculator Take the MTA 's estimate for completion and add 8 years to that.
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Wed May 21, 2014 6:56 am

For the past few years we have run the event the 3rd week-end of the month.
Next is June 21 & 22
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Frank » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:10 pm

These are my first videos of the Shore Line Trolley Museum. They were both taken in 2005. The first video is actually two videos in one. The first video is of a short ride on Johnstown trolley car 357 from Sprague Station to the trolley loop, the second one is of 357 leaving the trolley barns. The second video is of former NYC Subway car 6688 passing by me at SLTM. The sound of the car's compressor is quite prominent in the video.

Johnstown Trolley car 357 at the Shore Line Trolley Museum
http://youtu.be/af78LuGGhrw?list=UUyUUfoqlJ4ulqlRoKecPk_w

R17 6688 at the Shore Line Trolley Museum barns
http://youtu.be/-o5hRENf8Gc?list=UUyUUfoqlJ4ulqlRoKecPk_w

Enjoy! :-)
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Mr rt » Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:24 pm

October 12th there is a special event assoc. with the newly spruced up LoV. She'll make 3 trips that day.
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby Tom6921 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:05 pm

I heard the Shore Line Trolley Museum will be getting the PATH cars that were rescued from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and they are to arrive in early August.
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Re: Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford (East Haven), CT

Postby NH2060 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:16 pm

Tom6921 wrote:I heard the Shore Line Trolley Museum will be getting the PATH cars that were rescued from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and they are to arrive in early August.

One of the cars (PA-3 Car 745) arrived in East Haven yesterday. Here's a link to a couple of videos with interviews from PATH employees via WTNH-TV:

http://wtnh.com/2015/08/06/911-path-tra ... ey-museum/
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