Otto Vondrak wrote:
Mostly incorrect. There is no equipment on the DRM property that is currently able to operate outside of the gated yard. Never mind current inspections and mandatory safety appliances, but everything you listed either needs to be mechanically repaired or completely rebuilt. RDC 32 only operates on one motor (if I recall). The two ACMU cars have not been touched since 2005, they have sealed windows, not sure about the bathrooms, and who knows if the air conditioning still functions. What's more, they are motorized coaches, not trailers. The Pfizer engine is underpowered and would not be able to haul a passenger set (never mind that it's not equipped with HEP, cab signals, or anything else), and the two FL9's on the property are inoperable (which is why DRM got them in the first place). Quit dreaming about excursions and make the displays presentable.
Otto Vondrak wrote:I volunteer at DRM on weekends and i totally agree, DRM however does have equipment worthy of making a longer excursion (RDC 32, ACMU set and 3 locomotives that run Pfizer 1, FL9 2013 and 2006) but the problem is that HRRC's track is in very very bad shape, also in order for us to access HRRC track we have to cross MNCR track to reach it.
Just because an engine or Budd Car can move up and down a yard track does not make it suitable for an over the road trip.
There are all sorts of requirements for over the road operation. I agree the museum needs to concentrate on their great
displays both indoors and outdoors. If anything they need to be thinking about a building for this historic equipment or it
will not stay nice for too long. Trips are often a financial risk to operate and sometimes money can be lost in their
operation. Items like the 1455 which is a truly significant piece of equipment need to be under cover, it has been out in the
open and exposed to the elements for far too long as it is. It might help to put a tarp over it in the winter time but a
building would be much better.
There are already two operating railroad museums and two operating trolley museums in Connecticut and Danbury will be
far better off not trying to be another operating museum beyond just what they are today. Even today the money they
spend for diesel fuel might be better spent in a fund to house some of this equipment in a suitable building. It is too bad
the old wooden enginehouse is long gone in this case, it could have helped.