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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Warehouse Point, CT

Postby Gerry6309 » Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:30 pm

EMT Bravo New England reports a crash at Skylark Airport in a swampy area. The museum's right of way crosses this swamp. Anyone have information?
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:37 am

I wasn't aware CTM was operating... every time I drive by there, still looks like the abandoned circus.
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby citystation1848 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:49 pm

Hey, hey, hey...

CTM has been doing pretty well for the position its in. I helped them out when I was at school down in Springfield, and it seemed that at the end of my four years there the museum was doing pretty well for getting new volunteers. With their help the grounds definately look better, they've actually got a few more cars running, and this year they're bringing back Rails to the Dark Side. They've had a rough past, but the volunteers there now have a positive outlook and are working to make the museum shine.

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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby ted_roy » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:56 am

Otto,

I agree with Matt. As an active volunteer, much good has come lately. We have more cars in operational rotation than most museums and more on the way. Yes, at times the campus does not look what is should be, but we are continuing to make progress. Buildings are getting re-painted, areas cleared, plantings renewed, and more and more cars being restored. We currently have 8+ cars in the general operational rotation, with a Type 5 planned for return to operation status next year along with a single truck open, and hopefully this winter the return of our single truck sweeper that is getting new sweeper shafts fabricated.

Otto, you should stop by on a Saturday to see just how much is going on. And of course take a ride on our beautiful trolleys.

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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby jdstrolley » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:15 pm

Regarding the above statement concerning the CTM being closed.

Unless you are truly involved in the day to day operation of a museum you really have NO CLUE of the amount of time and effort that goes into volunteering for a museum to keep things moving. It is hard work and frustrating at times. In addtion to the "fun" jobs at the museum like car restoration, track, overhead, etc there are many times more things to do at home regarding adminstative tasks than on weekends. And most volunteers have a full time job yet.

I suggest that if you are not already a volunteer at a museum, get involved! And if you think you live too far away from a museum to volunteer, I drive 150 miles (one way) to volunteer two to three times a month! In addition to the admin work I do at home. Join as many museums as you are able to. They all need to help and the income.

Believe me, It's more than just operating trolleys!

And I am impressed with the job CTM is doing because I know first hand what is involved with making things happen. Their 355 open car is beautiful and impressive. A picture of the car in operation here would be great to see.

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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:28 pm

Ah ha! You're AWAKE!! Good!! :-) I knew that "abandoned circus" bit would get some of you out of the woodwork...

Now, keep us updated and keep posting about your activities so we can stay informed. And I already have a trolley museum I drive 350 miles to volunteer at!! ;-) I want to make the visit to CTM again soon...

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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby ted_roy » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:53 pm

Joel,

Car 355 is real beauty....

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So is 1326...

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And 5645 is almost ready to make her appearance....

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And of course Car 836...

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And Car 16

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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby ted_roy » Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:07 am

This weekends event at the Connecticut Trolley Museum!

This is the weekend of the Pow Wow of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenacki People!

Music, Dancing and Crafts!

http://www.ct-trolley.org/Tribes/tribes-08.htm

See you at the Museum.
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby StevieC48 » Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:33 am

Gerry6309 wrote:EMT Bravo New England reports a crash at Skylark Airport in a swampy area. The museum's right of way crosses this swamp. Anyone have information?



A small plane crashed in East Windsor, CT on September 2nd. Luckily, there were no serious injuries to the pilot or anyone else as a result.

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Scroll down Gerry and there is a shot of it,
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby Ham549 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:17 pm

I saw an old wooden trolley sitting on a siding outdoors and it looked in bad shape. Any worde on that one?
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby ted_roy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:58 am

Ham,

Got a picture to share? We have a few cars that time has not been kind to. I would help in determining which car you are talking about..

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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby atsf sp » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:29 pm

Does the museum have a CN electric? I think I read about it on some website, but wasn't sure if it was true.
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby Ham549 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:01 pm

Here is the one I'm talking about
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby Mr rt » Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:36 am

Ham,
That is ConnCo #771 ... well actually the combination of a couple of cars from that series.
They were "surburban" Jewett's from 1904. You can see one in a little better shape at Branford, i.e. #775. A group was washing her windows last Sunday.
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The CN box cab is 6714, a GE 78 Tonner from 1913 ... she's stuffed & mounted ... i.e. gets some paint every once in a while. They also have a similar steeple cab #18 from the Oshawa Ry (Toronto) that is functional & used to pull a train of a few cars now & then. She's a Balwin-Westinghouse from 1918 & 53 tons.
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Re: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Postby ted_roy » Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:12 am

Ham,

Yes, that car has since been covered. We have made strides in better protecting our collection. The main focus of our work now is to finish the work that has been started 4 cars in the collection, and complete needed maintenance on 1 other. We are looking to devise a plan for the coming years shortly but our efforts are currently going into making our end of year events as successful as possible.

Car 36 - Single truck open car - Cosmetic restoration, possible operational restoration.
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Car 169 - Single truck closed car - Cosmetic restoration
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Car 5645 - Boston Type 5 double truck car - Operational restoration, motors and truck work
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Car 010 - McGuire-Cummings Single truck sweeper - Operational restoration, sweeper shafts, sweeper motor, Cosmetic restoration
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Car 836 - Thomas-Perley New Orleans car - Operational maintenance, truck work.
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