The concept of establishing a railroad museum in Danbury has been alive for several years. In early 1994 Mayor Gene Eriquez proposed that interested citizens form a new ogranization to develop and implement a viable plan based on the excellent facilities available. With the help of several National Railway Historical Society members and local citizens, the process was begun with the incorporation of the Danbury Railway Museum (DRM) in March 1994.
There was immediate interest, and soon there were nearly 100 members helping to create a museum plan based on the empty rail yard and the unused Union Station, already with a National Historic Landmark listing. A $1.5 million restoration contract was awarded in late 1994 to a local firm which is now engaged in complete restoration of the station, expected to be finished in October 1995. The Danbury Railway Museum will then lease substantially all of the station.
Our mission statement explains our reason for being.
A look at the Danbury area's facilities explains why Danbury was chosen as the Museum's location.
The Danbury Railway Museum members, now over 200, are striving to emulate the impresive successes of railway museums such as:
Although the Museum is already operating highly successful chartered train trips, its Official Opening and Dedication will take place after the Union Station restoration is complete. Operating trains, both model and full size, will be featured, along with artifacts ranging from century-old papers and tools to modern diesel locomotives and cars.
Contact the Danbury Railway Museum for information about membership and interesting railroad-oriented volunteer opportunities, or visit the Museum in Danbury Union Station on White street in downtown Danbury.
During the summer you can meet us in the Danbury rail yard from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesdays, and on Saturdays beginning at 9:30am.
The Danbury Railway Museum, Inc., is a non-profit organization under the provisions of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service regulations.
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