Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

Roundhouse with equipment ready for a night shoot. Photo copyright Andrew Fisher

Next Event:

The Museum is closed for the season! We still have off-site events.

Next up: Amherst show January 25 & 26 at the Big E.

Chocolate Fest, Feb. 8th, Sumner and Sumner.


Connecticut Eastern Chapter NRHS Elections

Congratulations to the new officers. The office of President is currently open!

VP: Duke York

Sec: Jean Lambert

Treas: Mark Granville

Asst Treas: Jeff Laverty

Nat. Rep: Peter Wilkens

The Museum is

Closed for the Season

Please come see us next May!

See the Events at left or

on Special Events page.

May  - October    

Saturdays  10:00AM – 4:00PM     

Sundays  12:00PM – 4:00PM

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum - Entrance at 55 Bridge St. – Willimantic, CT, 

proceed down the gravel road.

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Chocolate Fest!

Visit CERM at Sumner and Sumner at 757 Main St.  Feb 8 from 11-3.  Model railroad demonstration and displays to tell our story. 

Free cocoa packet to everyone while they last!! 

CERM Calendars 2020 available in limited supply. 

Pick one up at Chocolate Fest.

CERM was at the Big E show.

2020 CERM Banquet was a success.

Congratulations to our Golden Spike winners Jeff and Rolf!

The Museum is closed for the 2019-2020 winter season.

Our last weekend for the season! Come see us 10/26 or 10/27, or wait until May 2020.

Coming in December - Trains, Toys and Trees, a joint display by the CT Eastern RR Museum and the Mill Museum.

Connecticut Eastern Chapter NRHS Elections

The Nomination Committee is looking for people to serve as officers at Connecticut Eastern  Railroad Museum.

All positions are open.

If anyone is interested, or knows of someone who might be willing to serve, please contact either Jean Lambert or Paul S. Shamonis II.

Jean's contact info:  860-942-1071

Paul's contact info:  860-649-6713

We Thank You,

Jean and Paul, The Nominating Committee

Slate is due at the meeting for October 20th, election at the Banquet.

Sept 28th, was the 14th Annual Night Photo Shoot!

(iPhone image of the event, not comparable to images produced by photographers participating in the event.)

Railroad Day 2019

has come and gone, thanks to all our guests for making it a success!

Train ride passing windmill signal, CERM, photo Pieter Roos Train ride boarding at Groton Freight House, photo Pieter Roos
Roundhouse display, CERM, photo Pieter Roos CV Caboose 4052 at roundhouse, CERM, photo Pieter Roos

Opening Day for the 2019 season

was Saturday May 4th 

We had our own Golden Spike photo!

Not bad! (top photo by Robert LaMay ).

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike that completed the nation's first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, as well as the 16th Anniversary of our own golden spike marking the completion of the main museum trackage.

More scenes from opening day - positioning the locomotives, with Baldwin No. 10 standing in for C.P. 'Jupiter' and GE 44 tonner 0800 playing the role of U.P. 119.

The second photo demonstrates why it's called an"Armstrong Turntable", as the crew prepare #10 and the car mover to go back into the roundhouse.

For more info on the original golden spike, or "wedding of the rails" as it was sometimes called, there are videos on YouTube.

This one covers the Connecticut connection, Theodore Judah of Bridgeport.

A short video of our event is here:

2019 CERM Calendars available.

Museum activities, local RR and historical photos.

Calendar cover, 2019

Limited availability, $12

Newest gift shop item - mugs!

CERM Coffee mugs.

Two designs, get yours at the Gift Shop this weekend!

You can now support the museum with your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile

On May 24th Jean Lambert accepted the Windham Chamber of Commerce 

"Windham Arts Creative Business Award" on behalf of the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

at the Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Bill Dougal photo


Attention All Connecticut Libraries

The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum is participating in a Museum Pass Program. If interested please contact Robert A. LaMay at

Museum Passes are available at $100 each and admit 2 adults and 2 children (12 and under are Free)  free of charge. For more information please visit or "like" us on Facebook 

Visitors: Check with your local library and ask them about the Museum Pass Program. 

The Dec 2017 Issue of the Ghost Train Journal is now available online! Railroad Travel, Hobby & Industry

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