“That Whitsun, I was late getting away:
Not till about
One-twenty on the sunlit Saturday
Did my three-quarters-empty train pull out,
All windows down, all cushions hot, all sense
Of being in a hurry gone. We ran
Behind the backs of houses, crossed a street
Of blinding windscreens, smelt the fish-dock; thence
The river’s level drifting breadth began,
Where sky and Lincolnshire and water meet.” – Philip Larkin
Originally built in 1903, the Danbury Railroad Station was an important cog for the New Haven Railroad. As time passed, the importance of the railroad passed as well, and by the 1980’s the station had falled in to disrepair.
In the 1990’s the mayor of Danbury and local citizenry came upon a plan to return the station to glory and along with members of the National Railway Historic Society work began on the restoration and building of the Danbury Railway Museum.
Over the years the museum has continued to grow and by the year 2006 over 60 pieces of equipment were housed at the museum. A walk through the museum is a walk through not only local history, but America’s history, and the railway system that was at the heart of the building of our nation.
For more information on the museum, visit the Danbury Railway Museum website.