Tracks in Connecticut?

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Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by apm » Mon May 08, 2017 8:50 pm

I have heard some rumors of tracks in Connecticut over the years, I seem to recall meeting someone who had a track down on the shoreline somewhere. I was wondering if anyone knows of any more tracks or interest in the hobby in this state?

Have there been any tracks in the past? I was watching an episode of American Pickers and they went to a place in Ivoryton CT, and came across what looked to be a 1/8th scale northern or hudson from memory (I can't recall which) I wonder where that used to run. They showed some old black and white photos of it running.

Heck I should have about 100ft of 7.25" test track in at my house if anyone wants to stop by and run their locomotive at my place in North Haven :D. All and all though I am starting to wish I had either chosen to build a traction engine, or steam boat rather than a locomotive as there seem to be a lot more places to run those here in this state.

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by SteveM » Tue May 09, 2017 9:51 am

There used to be a track in Greewich. LBSC was staying with someone there when he was visiting the US and they had a track there. I seriously doubt they would allow one today - the neighbors would be too worried about the coal dust getting on their Teslas and Porsches.

Can you add rails for 3-1/2 and 4-3/4" :-)

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by JimJam » Tue May 09, 2017 11:35 am

Many of the CT people come up to Pioneer Valley LS in Southwick MA. Straight up route 91. When you get to Springfield, hang a left onto route 57.

I knew of a track in the northwestern part of CT. It's a privately owned track and quite extensive with a tall trestle and tunnel.

Don't give up searching.

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by rrnut-2 » Tue May 09, 2017 1:00 pm

Tall is an understatement!

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by SteveM » Tue May 09, 2017 1:53 pm

We just did some landscaping. I had some work done to level the yard from side to side. My wife thinks this was for the patio and the shed, but I envision railroad tracks at some point.

A neighbor was expanding his driveway, which was a single car width and could hold two cars. He went 10 feet sideways and gave me the dirt. We also had the high side dug out a bit and spread to the low side, so we probably reduced the slope by 3-5 feet from high to low.

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by LVRR2095 » Mon May 22, 2017 8:23 am

SteveM wrote:There used to be a track in Greewich. LBSC was staying with someone there when he was visiting the US and they had a track there. I seriously doubt they would allow one today - the neighbors would be too worried about the coal dust getting on their Teslas and Porsches.

Can you add rails for 3-1/2 and 4-3/4" :-)

Steve
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The track at Greenwich belonged to live steam supplier Calvert Holt. For a short time LBSC and his wife Mabel lived in a cottage on the Holt estate and they built locomotives together. Holt eventually was commissioned to build several 7 1/4" gauge New York Central Hudsons for the 1939 NY World's Fair. During that build one of the Hudson chassis rolled off the building stand. Holt tried to catch the loco and it struck him. A blood clot formed and moved to his brain....killing him.

Another track, now long gone, in Connecticut was at the home of the late George Murray at 189 School Street, Manchester Connecticut. It was an elevated loop with both 2 - 1/2" and 3 - 1/2" gauges.

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by dnevil » Mon May 22, 2017 8:44 am

Photos of the Calvert Holt and George Murray tracks can be seen here:

http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Calvert_Holt

http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=George_Murray

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by ChuckHackett-844 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:59 am

I am providing signal equipment for a gentleman who has a private track near Hartford. He has both 7.5" and 15". My equipment will be driving his full-size searchlight and semaphore signals as well as scale signals for automatic, bi-directional operations. I got his permission to post his email here for anyone interested: barry@barrycone.com

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by SteveM » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:05 am

Hey, Chuck, welcome to the group!

Is his track 7-1/2" or 7-1/4"?

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by ChuckHackett-844 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:04 pm

7-1/4 I believe.
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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by rrnut-2 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:31 pm

Yup, Barry's track is the one that I was talking about.
It's impressive.

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Re: Tracks in Connecticut?

Post by PRR5406 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:58 am

You may want to review some of Barry's grades and curves before committing to operate. Be certain to check out the upstairs of his "train building". Wonderful collection and very amiable person.
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