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Rest in Peace, Bill

  • Peter W.

It's with a heavy heart that we learned that one of our members, William Richard Voorvaart, better known at our museum as Bill, passed away on September 5th, not long after railroad day. A long time member of our museum, he helped to restore our much loved railbus to it's current excellent condition, and would always jump at the chance to give visitors a ride on his favorite piece at the museum. He was present at our most recent railroad day, running the bus for the duration of the event. Bill had also been involved with the restoration of the Milldale depot train order signal in Southington. Bill was generous with his time and talent at the museum as is clear in the fruits of his labor, and I know I speak for all of when I say that he leaves big shoes for us all to fill. Our deepest condolences go to his family for their loss. We also would like to extend our gratitude for the time we shared with Bill at the museum.

You can learn more about Bill here:

Train or Treat

  • Peter W.

Save the date: October 28th 1-4pm

Calling all boils and ghouls: Come down to the railroad museum for a spooky afternoon of trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting with the mill museum, rides on the rails, and games! Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Free admission.

Rail Road Day 2023

  • Peter W.

Hope to see you there!

New Book!

  • Peter W.

This book contains 23 pages - with 52 photos depicting some of the caboose’s history along with photos taken during its restoration which began in 2008. Contact CERM for details on how to order.

Boombox Parade

  • Peter W.

Join our members at the 38th Boombox Parade in Willimantic!

Opening Day

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Join us on our opening day May 6th! Train rides, activities, and tours. Please note that unfortunately the museum will NOT be open on Sundays this season.

Nightmare on Main 2022

  • Peter W.

Our 2022 production "GHOST TOWN: Shadows of the Past" is nearly ready to debut, and will run for 5 nights this year: October 8, 9, 14, 15 & 23.

Come experience an interactive evening like no other, with live scenes based on some of history's most infamous ghost towns.

Tours leave periodically through the evening from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. This year, our event will take place at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. Admissions will be CASH ONLY at $15/person.

We do not recommend our event for children under aged 10.

(NOTE: In Map apps or GPS, please use "55 Bridge Street, Willimantic").

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