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. Restoration of Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Coaches
  2. Restoration of the 1881 Train Thomaston Station
  3. Spring Speaker Series
  4. Scenic train rides along the Naugatuck River in restored coaches
  5. Museum and Display Track Tours
  6. Recreation and Restoration of Semaphore Signals
  7. Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11th
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

President since 2016

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Steve Casey

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, April 25 and ending 7:00 PM on April 26! 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 April 25-26 by showing your support for the RMNE! https://givelocalccf.org/npo/railroad-museum-of-new-england-inc

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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

Restoration of Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Coaches

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Program 2

Restoration of the 1881 Train Thomaston Station

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Program 3

Spring Speaker Series

Clifford Schexnayder, author of "Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel" and Mary Ellen Heffernan Kunz, author of “Leaving Home to Find One”

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Program 4

Scenic train rides along the Naugatuck River in restored coaches

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Museum and Display Track Tours

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Recreation and Restoration of Semaphore Signals

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Program 7

Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11th

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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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President

Steve Casey

BIO

Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.
- President, Nov. 2016 - Present
- Vice President, Mar. 2016- Nov. 2016
- Trustee, May 2015 - Present
- Volunteer - July 2014 - Present
State of CT, Dept. of Administrative Services, Bureau of Systems and Technology,
- Director of IT Security Services, 2011 – 2014
State of CT, Department of Information Technology,
- Director of Business Development Division, 2005 - 2011
- IT Liaison Manager, 2000 - 2005
- Municipal Y2K Liaison, 1999 - 2000
State of CT, Office of the Treasurer,
- Assistant Treasurer, Second Injury Fund, 1997 – 1999
- Legislative Program Manager, 1995 - 1997
- Special Funds Administrator, 1993
State of CT, State Senator from Bristol, 1979 - 1993
Casey Realty, Owner, 1987 - 1993
Barnes Group, Bowman Distribution, Salesman 1980 - 1987

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Railroad Museum of New England
Meals on Wheels
Congressman John Larson, Regional Coordinator

EDUCATION
The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Class of 1974



Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Howard Pincus

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