January – March, 2009
Hope all is well with you this month. I have not been in touch with you over the past several weeks, so I would like to update you on what has been going on at the DRNM. To begin with I would like to thank all the people who helped keep our yard and walkways open during this winter season. Although we did not have large storms, it was enough to make our facility extremely slippery and hard to walk through. My thanks go out also to Justin Chapin for using his personal vehicle to plow and keep our roadways open. I am hoping that once the weather breaks we can spend time working on the DRM pickup that we purchased last fall for plowing.
Several weeks ago I received some sad news that I will share with you. Long-time member Charlie Bardo passed away after along illness. Charlie, a devout historian who was on our original Board of Directors, was a walking history book. Charlie was also an early supporter of the Museum from the beginning and always commented on our diversity of interests. He knew and actually lived the history that we pursue. Not too many people were aware of Charlie’s unique hobby of painting miniature landscapes on handsaws. He had quite a collection of them, and took much pride in displaying them when he could. Our condolences go out to the Bardo family.
As you may
know by now, the
news, I am very happy to report that the FL9 2006 has been donated to the DRM
by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. This has been a long and
stretched out process for me, but perseverance has won out in the end. We have
no operational plans initially for this
mid-March the Museum will be receiving the donation of a coal loading conveyor
from a gentleman from
Spring is just around the corner, and we have many projects before us this year, but unfortunately with a very limited budget. I am hoping that we can work on projects within our restricted fund accounts, such as the cosmetic restoration of the RS11 #1402, stabilization of the Boston & Maine steam locomotive #1455, and restoration of the NYC wooden caboose. There still is track work to be done! There are enough projects to go around for everyone to help.
Talk to you next month!