- Railroad Museum of New England
The Railroad Museum of New England operates the
Naugatuck Railroadbetween Waterville, CT and Thomaston, CT. The Railroad Museum of New England name and trademark was adopted in 1987, as a result of reassessing the Valley Railroad (Connecticut)goals and visions (CVRM was originally founded in the mid 1960's).
Connecticut Valley Railroad Museum's
The CVRM (and predecessor organization - The Connecticut Valley Railroad Association [CVRA] ) was responsible for organizing steam train excursions within Connecticut during the late 1960's and was instrumental in founding the Valley Railroad (Essex Steam Train) in
In early 1995, the RMNE was offered the opportunity to develop the ex-New Haven line from Waterbury to Torrington line, owned by Connecticut DOT.
Efforts came to fruition in September 1996 when the current Naugatuck Railroad commenced a tourist scenic train over the 19.6 miles of the original Naugatuck Railroad's right-of-way that had originally opened for service in September 1849.cite web|url=http://www.rmne.org/aboutus.htm|title=RMNE "About Us" page|language=English|accessdate=2008-03-11]
Tourist excursions are run several days a week between May and October from the historic Thomaston Station. Thomaston Station was built in 1881. The 75-minute trip runs between Thomaston Dam and Waterville, covering about 18 miles total. Occasional passenger shuttles operate from East Litchfield to Torrington.
Special event trains are run during Fall and Winter months. The railroad participates in the
Day out with Thomasprogram, usually in August.
RMNE has an extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock of New England heritage, with over 80 pieces of full-sized railroad equipment. The New Haven, Boston & Maine, Maine Central, Rutland, and Bangor & Aroostook railroads are represented. Numerous smaller items, from signals to railroad corporate records, are also part of RMNE's artifact holdings.
Volunteers operate the trains and maintain the
locomotives and other rolling stock. The Museum has a program called Engineer For an Hour, which for a fee allows members of the public to operate a locomotive under the guidance of a qualified engineer.
* [http://www.rmne.org Museum website]
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