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Coal trains over Blue Ridge Grade in 1957. Filmed with cooperation of N&W manage- ment! Go aboard A & Y class engines as they struggle to move long coal drags over N&W’s most famous grade! Filmed in 16mm. Real sound! 45 mins. Chapters! Original film by E.C. Eddy. Item 049-D $34.95


There’s nothing like having a clean, dry work area.Clockwise from lower right, New Haven RS3 No. 529, Central Vermont caboose 4014, an ex-Canadian National coach, and Baltimore & Ohio office car No. 907 occupy the Railroad Museum of New England’s new, well- equipped Thomaston, Conn., restoration shop on the ex-New Haven Naugatuck Railroad.


FOUNDED IN 1968, the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE) is one of the largest volunteer-based railway heritage groups in New England. For many years a tenant at the Valley Railroad in Essex, Conn., RMNE obtained its own home in 1995 with a long-term operating lease on the 20-mile ex-New Haven Railroad Water- bury-Torrington line owned by the Con- necticut Dept. of Transportation. RMNE has over 400 members and a collection of over 60 locomotives and cars. An early goal for RMNE was to have a restoration shop along the “new railroad” (named the Naugatuck Railroad after the original company that opened the route in 1849). And now, RMNE volunteers finally have a building to work in. The 11,700 square foot restoration shop is virtually complete after seven years of planning and construction. With two through tracks, an inspection pit, wide work areas, good light- ing, full insulation and heating, the modern 65×180-foot shop enables restoration and maintenance work on RMNE’s collection to take place year-round. Planning for the shop project started in


1998, with tree and brush clearing on the more than two-acre site at Milepost 6 along the Naugatuck Railroad line. Tremendous amounts of site work was necessary, includ- ing rock blasting and crushing, top soil re- moval, culvert and drainage improvements, roadbed construction and site grading, to create a location for the shop building and space for a five-track yard. The site had “ledge” (a quaint New England term mean- ing “solid granite in the way”) in and under


much of the area; this had to be exposed, blasted into smaller pieces, and crushed for track ballast and fill material. A new 1000-foot long roadbed was con- structed as a fill next to the “Naugy” main track; this roadbed serves as the lead track to the shop site and yard area. To reach the shop building, almost 1500 feet of track and three switches were built by RMNE volun- teers. Two more switches and another 2200 feet of track have been built as the rail yard on the site. By Spring 2005, site work had progressed


to the point where the building foundation was completed and the pre-engineered steel building was constructed. A 900-foot long lead track, main line to shop lead switch, and two yard switches were completed and the two shop tracks were now aimed at the north end of the building. Additional site work took place during 2005, including some utility installation. In 2006, the two tracks advanced to with-


in 50 feet of the building as the subgrade in the shop was prepared. Many other neces- sary but almost-invisible steps took place. A well was drilled for water service and a sep- tic system was constructed. Electric conduit and water lines were placed, inspected and backfilled (both inside and outside). The subgrade was compacted and the concrete track slabs and concrete floor areas were formed and poured. The unseasonably mild weather in November and December 2006 (and January 2007) enabled the concrete work to continue right into the new year, with the final bit of 340 cubic yards of con- crete being placed in the floor on January 3.


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J, K2, A, Y, Z & S1 a Class locomotives on passenger, freight & coal trains at Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Roanoke area and the Pigeon Creek Mine Run! Turbine Jawn Henry in pusher service with Live Sound! 78 mins. Chapters! Watch with or without narration. $39.95


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