Rainy Sunday dampens traffic at museum

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Tue., Aug. 9, 2011
Extremely heavy rainfall the morning of Aug. 7 made for a slow day at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, but the sky cleared in time for afternoon visitors. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Extremely heavy rainfall the morning of Aug. 7 made for a slow day at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, but the sky cleared in time for afternoon visitors. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Driving rains dampened the first part of the day on Aug. 7 for the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. But the sun made a showing after noon, and folks started to venture out, despite humidity that made the outdoors feel like a giant sauna. Scaffolding inside the roundhouse offered a clue to one of the most recent projects at the museum. The replacement of the 5-foot diameter, 600-pound round window at the peak of the roundhouse roof marks the end of repairs made necessary due to acts of vandalism in 2009 and 2010.

The roundhouse is now whole again, and volunteers are free to work on other projects. Works in progress include restoration of pit number two in the roundhouse and continuing work on restoration of the Central Vermont 4052 wooden center cupola caboose.

The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website www.cteastrrmuseum.org.


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