Friday, June 21, 2013

Danbury Railway Museum

On our recent trip we made a quick tour of the Danbury Railway Museum in Danbury, Conn.  The museum occupies the old New Haven station in Danbury, as well as most of the railroad yard. 

I didn't get a picture of the station building, but inside there are several interesting displays and several model railroad layouts, some of which operate.  In order to get to the equipment stored in the yard, you have to cross the active tracks used by the commuter trains.

The museum operates excursion trains down the length of the yard, a couple thousand feet.  Sometimes this RDC is used, I believe.

New Haven MU cars.

And this, of course, is an FL-9 in the McGinnis paint scheme.  I guess if it has third rail shoes it can't be all bad.

This wrecker from Grand Central Terminal is quite impressive.

Their one steam locomotive is this B&M 2-6-0, nicely displayed.

And there's lots more.  The museum's website has more information.  There is currently no inside storage for any of the equipment, but they are conducting a capital campaign to raise $1,000,000 to build and equip a six-stall roundhouse.

And I suppose I should mention that the people we talked to were all helpful and informative.

Finally, there's this whimsical "Insulator Garden."  I guess they only grow in rocky soil. 


David Wilkins said...

The New Haven-painted RS-1 is actually from the Illinois Terminal.

Anonymous said...

The 1455 is one of only a few Boston & Maine steam locos left.

It was a static display at the Edaville Railroad for many years.

Glad you are having fun in New England!

Ted Miles
IRM Member