In recent days the Connecticut State Department of Transportation gave a notice that SPV 1001 must be moved out of the New Haven railyard by March 31st. I purchased 1001 at a state auction to save it from scrap beck in December. SPV 1001 will move to Danbury where it will be but on public display and used by the museum. Plains were in place to move the car in late April but unfortunately this can’t happen but to the unexpected March 31st deadline. A lot of work needs to happen in the remaining time to get this car off CDOT property. Funding is needed to transport the railcar in such a short period of time.
New Haven Railroad MU 5111,
New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad’s 5111 MU car is the last serving washboard club car. This car has sat untouched in a railyard for the past 30 years. I purchased the car to keep the car from being melted down into razor blades. 5111 needs to be moved from its current location very soon or it faces and uncertaint future. 5111 will also be moved to the Danbury Railroad museum where it will be restored and out on display.
SPV 1001 is an important part of Connecticut state history. 1001 was the only CDOT train car to ever be coverted into a conference/business configuration. The car also transported previous Connecticut governor John Rowland and many Connecticut commuters. If this car is scrapped it is a huge loss to Connecticut commuter rail history, an area in railroad preservation that gets seldom attention. 5111 is also a very important part of Connecticut history because is one of the last examples of commuter rail in the 1950s and 1960s. This car is not only the last surviving club car, but is also only one of three surviving New Haven MU cars.
The money raised from the fundraiser will be put towards the transportation of MU 5111 and SPV 1001. A lot of time, energy, and money has already been put into both railcars as a team of volunteers has been preparing the cars for movement over the rail. I am predicting the transportation of both railcars will be around $10,000. This might seem like a lot but both 5111 and 1001 are priceless parts of Connecticut Railroad history. If any money is left over after the transportation of the cars, it will be put towards the restoration.
This project is defentily a huge undertaking but with help it can be pulled off. 12 days is not a lot of time to move a railcar.
Thank you everyone for your help and support,
Orion Newall-Vuillemot and friends.
- David Brown
- Dana Laird
- William McMorris
- Jerome Landesman
- Bridgeview Bed & Breakfast Bridgeview Bed & Breakfast
Organizer and beneficiary
Jane E Newall