Now that 2009 is over, the volunteers at the Connecticut Trolley Museum are preparing for 2010. For 2010, the plan is to have 8 cars in the Visitor Center which will allow us to tell the entire story of the trolley era from the horse car to the PCC. This past weekend, tracks were shifted to track 3 to allow Connecticut 65 (the Museum's first car) to enter the Visitor Center. The tracks entering the Visitor Center are not equipped with switches. The reason for this is because the current access tracks are temporary with tight radius curves. In order to build the permanent tracks, Gale Car Barn needs to be moved, and the entire area needs to be regraded. Accessing a track is like using a turntable, except one end of the track stays attached to the main and the other end is pulled into place by a piece of heavy equipment such as a backhoe. When we began moving the first car, we ran into an issue of tight gauge, 2 inches too tight! And unfortunately the ground around it was frozen and holding the track tight. That ground work to a halt early Saturday afternoon. By noon on Sunday, the frozen ground was removed and the track was able to be set at the proper gauge. At that point, cars on that track were cleared out of the Visitor Center and 65 and Springfield (VT) 10 were pushed back into the Visitor Center. Montreal 2056 has taken temporary accommodations in Lusa Shop (where 65 was parked) until the tracks can be swapped over to allow 2056 to go back into the Visitor Center on the next track over. By 4pm, everything was put under cover, and the boxcars were shifted back onto Hartman's Siding.
This is nowhere near the biggest of issues that we will run into. After track 4 of the Visitor Center is set, we will need to switch the last 3 cars out of the end of Hartman's Siding. The problem is that when the Visitor Center was being built, this section of Hartman's Siding was disconnected from the rest of Hartman's, the elevation of Hartman' s was raised so that the Visitor Center access tracks could be built. At the spot where Hartman's Siding should meet this stub track, Hartman's Siding is almost a foot above the stub track, and the stub track is buried underneath dirt and rock.
CT Trolley Museum