DANBURY — The Danbury Railway Museum will offer free train rides to all fathers with a child’s paid admission from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at 120 White St. The Tonawanda Valley, an observation passenger car from the 20th Century Limited, has been restored and will be open for tours during the day.
The car is the sole survivor of the Valley series of observation cars built by the Pullman Car Company for the New York Central Railroad in 1928.
The Railyard Local, a short train ride in a 1920’s passenger coach or a vintage caboose pulled by a vintage, first-generation diesel-electric locomotive will take visitors through the historic rail yard and past over 70 vintage railroad cars and locomotives, including a Boston & Maine steam locomotive built in 1907.
Riders will have an opportunity to see the renovation work progressing on the historic turntable and to visit the steam-era water tower pump house and water pump originally situated near the Danbury Fair Mall.
The exhibits inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will be open along with a fully-stocked gift shop. The model train layouts inside will also be operating.
Outside in the historic railyard, those attending will find walk-through exhibits, the New Haven RR Cedar Hill forge and a vast assortment of train cars and locomotives, many that ran in Danbury during its railroading heyday.