THOMASTON, CT – February 17, 2020 – The Railroad Museum of New England’s 2020 Speaker Series kicks off next month with a presentation on the Central New England Railway by historian Joe Mato, at Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, on Saturday, February 29th at 4:00PM. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Central New England originally operated from Hartford, Connecticut, north to Springfield, Massachusetts, and west through northwestern Connecticut to Maybrook, N.Y., crossing the Hudson River on a massive bridge at Poughkeepsie. The New Haven, New York & Hartford Railroad purchased the CNE in 1906 as part of financier J.P. Morgan's effort to consolidate and monopolize transportation in Southern New England.
Mr. Mato grew up by the New Haven Railroad in Danbury, and at age 3 started running to the tracks to chase passing trains. Beginning in 1999 he worked in train service at the Danbury Railway Museum as a conductor and locomotive engineer. Starting in 2005, Mr. Mato, along with the late Bernie Rudberg, organized annual bus tours of sections of the former CNE tracks for rail enthusiasts to learn about the history of the CNE and see where the trains once carried passengers and freight. This year’s bus tour will follow the CNE from Norfolk, CT to Millerton, NY on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
The second event as part of the RMNE’s 2020 Speaker Series will feature Peter McLachlan, a retired railroad engineer and photographer, on Saturday, March 7. 2020 at 4:00PM.
A third event will feature “The Rise and Fall of Connecticut’s Railroads” with Steve Vastola on Saturday, March 28th, at 4:00PM.
The Railroad Museum of New England is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. There is no charge for admission. Tours are available when trains are scheduled and by appointment.
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