The Danbury Railway Museum is pleased to host the 13th annual Danbury Railway Days on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4. Two days full of educational activities and FREE train rides for the whole family is planned.
The museum will be operating the Railyard Local -- a short FREE trip being pulled by an ALCo RS-1 locomotive. The train will stop at the turntable where visitors will hear a discussion about its use and history. It is currently undergoing a significant restoration. Then, walk down the "red carpet" and tour the New York Central's famous 20th Century Limited observation car built in 1928. Also included: a visit to the steam-era water tank pump house; children get to try their skill at driving a railroad spike into a wooden crosstie with a "gold" spike to each child that participates.
After a return to the station, watch a demonstration of coupling and uncoupling train cars and a demonstration of vital railroad communications via hand signals.
New this year are two unique displays: "Commuting through History," a walk-through lineup of railroad commuter cars from old to new; and a photo-ready lineup of vintage American Locomotive Company (ALCo) RS-1, 2 & 3 locomotives.
Back by popular demand is the museum's "Hands on the Throttle" program which includes instruction on the operation of a diesel-electric locomotive and basics of railroad operations; Cost for this approximately 45-minute program is $75, which includes admission to the event for the day. Contact the museum to reserve your time slot for this popular activity.