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  by CRail
Jeff Smith wrote:8 or 9 since 2000 is less than one per year, so I'd call that rare ;)
Perhaps, but not "once in a lifetime."
  by Noel Weaver
Here is a good opportunity to ride this line to Torrington.

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Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
All Aboard for Mass Bay RRE’s exclusive
‘Torrington Extra Photo Special’
(Boston) – Thomaston, CT -- Waterbury (Highland Jct.) – Torrington & Return
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - One Day Only!
Our first trip all the way to Torrington since 2003!!
Join Mass. Bay RRE for a return trip – our first since 2003 -- over the entire ex- New York, New Haven & HartfordNaugatuck Railroad from Waterbury to Torrington, CT. Opened in 1849, then leased to the New Haven in 1889, the "Naugy" is now owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and operated by volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England. Our "Tour of the Line" charter train will cover all of the Naugy's operable track, including the "freight-only" section north of the Army Corps' Thomaston Dam to Torrington.

Our special train will leave the preserved Thomaston depot promptly at 10 AM. We'll first head south to Highland Junction, the Naugatuck's connection to Pan Am Southern (from Hartford) in Waterbury. Then we'll return to Thomaston for a lunch break. Passengers may order a box lunch or bring their own picnic lunch to eat off the train during our stop. We'll then continue north, traveling across the face of the Thomaston dam and over the newly-restored track to the end of the line in Torrington. Several runbys and photo opportunities are planned, including locations that are accessible only by rail.
Ex-New Haven EMD FL-9 2019, completely restored to its classic original McGinnis-era New Haven livery, will lead our train of three ex-Canadian National coaches and former Rutland combine 260. Extra-fare coach seating in the Rutland 260 includes exclusive access to the combine section, where the baggage doors will be open for photographers. Note: The Rutland 260 is sold out as of March 1.
The Boston Connection Package

Sit back and leave the driving to us! Our connecting motor coach package offers a guaranteed connection with our train at Thomaston. Our rest-room equipped motorcoach will leave Boston's South Station at 7:00 AM, the Riverside MBTA station at 7:20 AM and the Millbury Park & Ride (MassPike Exit 10A) at 7:50 AM. The motorcoach connection is scheduled to arrive back in the Boston area around 7 PM.
Space is limited - Reserve today!
Click here to Download complete trip information and order form
Capacity of the 'Torrington Extra Photo Special' is limited to just 250 passengers. Don't be disappointed - order your seats today! Note: except for groups of 4 or more traveling together, all seating is unreserved and will be assigned by car only.
Call 978-470-2066 to order by phone

The line between Thomaston and East Litchfield was relocated back around 1959 when they built the flood control dam just north of Thomaston. Regular passenger service between Waterbury - Torrington and Winsted ended in December, 1958 before the job was finished and the only passenger trains to use the "new" line were the tourist trains, fan trips and camp specials of by-gone days. It is well worth riding.
Noel Weaver
  by J.D. Lang
Thanks for posting that Noel. I guess I now know what I'll be doing April 29th.
  by Otto Vondrak
For reference, registration info on the RRE site: http://www.massbayrre.org/Trips/TorringtonExtra.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

  by NaugyRR
This will give me an excuse to take a ride and visit some family in Wolcott afterwards and grab some Blackies hot dogs :-D

Kind of a shame the depot in Torrington's gone, that would've made for a nice photo op if it was still standing
  by NortheastTrainGuy1965
I read in one of these threads that Winsted along with the station on Bridge STt. Which served the NHNY&H and CNE also had three other stations owned by the CNE.

Where were these stations and what type were they?

Also, does anyone have a track map of Winsted and/or Torrington detailed with main lines, branches, sidings, and spurs?
  by Noel Weaver
The CNE had a station in West Winsted and they ran a train between Winsted and Hartford that stopped at Torringford Street in Winsted. I am not sure if there was anything more but I will check my stuff when I get a chance.
Noel Weaver
  by NaugyRR
I'd imagine tickets must be getting mailed out soon then
  by Dick H
Let's hope so on the tickets. The original order form stated "Tickets will be
mailed to you in mid-April. Clock is ticking.
  by shadyjay
Got mine today here in VT, after just e-mailing MassBay yesterday. Didn't make the cut for the Rutland 260, despite ordering back in March.

So huck your ox (check yer' box) soon!
  by Dick H
Spoke with the MBRRE ticket office today. They are still working to get
all the tickets mailed out.
  by NaugyRR
The charge went through on mine today, so that's a good sign.


Just got an e-mail from the MBRRE:

"All tickets for the 'Torrington Extra Photo Special' excursion on the Naugatuck Railroad on Saturday, April 29 have been mailed as of Wednesday, April 19. Your tickets should arrive in the next day or two, if they have not shown up already."

"If you do not receive your tickets before the trip, don't panic! We have a list of all persons who ordered tickets. If your tickets haven't arrived by Thursday, April 27, contact us by email or by phone at 978-470-2066 and we'll arrange for you to pick up duplicate tickets trainside on Saturday"
  by shadyjay
Great job on today's trip, Naugy and MassBay RRE! For those who missed out, FL-9 #2019 led southbound, with 3 ex-CN coaches and the "Rutland 260". We first headed from Thomaston south to Highland Jct (Waterbury, end of NAUG territory), with 2 photo runbys along the way, then back north to Thomaston for a lunch break. After lunch, U23B #2203 hooked on at the north end and pulled us to the end of track in Torrington. Returning south, with #2019 leading, we did a photo runby/restroom stop at East Litchfield, then returned to Thomaston shortly after 3. Those that wanted to could stay on for another runby down by Chase Bridge, but I chose to disembark, as I had a 4 hour driver back to VT.

#2019 was running flawlessly, barely making any smoke, and it was quite evident she had a bath recently. Her Hancock air whistle sounded great, and she looked quite authentic without the ditch lights put on. Outside of the squeaky flanges (all part of the experience), it was a great trip. I'll post some pics and video link here once I get things sorted out.
  by J.D. Lang
A couple of pictures from yesterday's MBRRE's excursion on the Naugy:
FL-9 2019 thru East Litchfield:

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U23B crossing Albert ST. in Torrington:

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The 2019 is a stunning looking locomotive.

J. Lang
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