In addition to running a series of scenic train rides in the Litchfield Hills the Railroad Museum of New England is hosting a spring speakers series at the Crescent Gallery located in Thomaston Town Hall on 158 Main St. in Thomaston. Both series begin at 7 p.m. This event is free but seating is limited. To reserve tickets, email info@RMNE.org. Tickets will be reserved in your name
and can be picked up at the door before 6:30.
The first lecture takes place on April 1 and the speaker is Clifford Schexnayder, author of "Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel". Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel traces the dealings between the engineers and dreamers who from 1850 to 1875 labored to drive a five mile Tunnel through the Hoosac Mountain of Massachusetts and those who struggled mightily to prevent its construction. These personages and the interactions of their lives provides the story line. Alvah Crocker, Fitchburg, paper industrialist, is the driving force behind the Tunnel scheme and the thread through the book.
The second program takes place on May 6 and the speaker is Mary Ellen Heffernan Kunz, author of "Leaving Home to Find One". Mary Ellen Heffernan Kunz wrote about Agnes McCloskey, who left Ireland for America in 1881. She traveled on the Naugatuck Railroad to Thomaston, working for Seth Thomas her first 9 years in America. She later married Daniel Heffernan and moved to Bristol.
The RMNE, located at the historic Thomaston Train Station, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and
historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region's
rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum
concept is more than just artifacts, it's also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.
More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org