Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.

  • Thomaston, CT
  • www.rmne.org

Mission Statement

The Railroad Museum of New England is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization founded to preserve, restore, interpret and 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 artifacts, it's also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.

Main Programs

  1. Coach Restoration
  2. Steam Returns to the Naugatuck Railroad
  3. Special Event Planning
  4. Restoration Shop Building
  5. Thomaston Station Restoration
Service Areas

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Connecticut

Visitors and volunteers come from across CT, MA, NY as well as all of New England, travelers from many states as well as international visitors.

ruling year

1973

Principal Officer

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Celeste Echlin

Keywords

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railroads, heritage, museums, preservation, tourism

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Railroad Museum of New England is participating in Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills--a community-wide giving challenge through the Connecticut Community Foundation! This is a 36-hour community wide online giving challenge, starting at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, November 12 and ending 7:00 PM on November 13! Any donation large or small helps fund our many preservation and restoration projects, no fees, no restrictions. 100% of your donation will be forwarded to us! Join us on November 12 and 13 by showing your support for the RMNE! http://www.givelocalccf.org/npo/237229704/

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EIN

23-7229704

 Number

6443873265

Physical Address

242 E Main St

Thomaston, CT 06787

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England continue to build on financial success of uniquely produced special events and fundraising activities with the Hank the Tank Steam Train in June, the Pumpkin Patch train ride in October and Northern Lights Limited to Santa’s Train Workshop in December.  A stronger educational program is in progress with display of historic equipment and interpretive signage, interactive displays and activities at special events. The $10,000 Founders grant from Amherst Railway Society was awarded in January 2012 for preservation work on historic Boston & Maine 1732 engine and Thomaston Station was added to the State of CT Register of Historic Places in May 2012 with continuing restoration work by volunteers and grant activity in progress.

Programs

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Program 1

Coach Restoration

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Program 2

Steam Returns to the Naugatuck Railroad

Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam on the Naugatuck Railroad! Ride behind a real 80+ year old coal-fired steam locomotive. Advance reservations recommended. Live music, historic displays and activities for children of all ages at the Station. Adults & Seniors $20 and Children (3-12) $15, Toddlers 2 and under are free. Purchase tickets online or by phone 860-283-7245 anytime.
In addition to riding the train behind a real coal-fired steam engine, we'll have story book readings, live music and fun activities for kids and families. Hope to see you there!

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Special Event Planning

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Restoration Shop Building

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Program 5

Thomaston Station Restoration

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Service Areas

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Connecticut

Visitors and volunteers come from across CT, MA, NY as well as all of New England, travelers from many states as well as international visitors.

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Railroad Museum of New England Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Celeste Echlin

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Howard Pincus

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