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The Electrification of the
New Haven Railroad
with Rick Abramson
Wednesday, October 17 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
This presentation will cover the pioneering, hi-voltage AC electrification of the New Haven Railroad (NHRR) from its initial installation in 1907 to where it is today. This will include the power generation, distribution and the development of the NHRR's electric locomotives. The NHRR not only had to deal with its own power system, but also that of the New York Central which used DC over which the NH traveled on 12 miles to gain access to/from Grand Central Terminal.

Rick Abramson is a retired railroader with 44 years of service beginning with the New Haven Railroad in February 1968 and retiring as superintendent of operations for the Housatonic Railroad in September 2012. His career included the NHRR, Penn Central, Amtrak and several short-line railroads where he held many positions including locomotive engineer.

Along with being a professional railroader, he also enjoys HO Scale model railroading and has an extensive HO scale New Haven Railroad layout - complete with all the overhead wires.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

The Letters Project
Wednesday, October 17 ~ 7:00-8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
This promises to be a delightful, entertaining, thought provoking evening as John Fabiana and special guests bring an collection of letters to life to The Litchfield Community Center on Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 7:00 - 8:30pm.  

“War letters, letters of immigrants to their families back home, letters from summer camp, break-up letters, letters to the editor, by the famous, infamous and unknown etc. Letters are a kind of personal, intimate front line history that you can't get from a textbook…”

Free program!
Pre-registration is required by calling
the Litchfield Community Center at 860-567-8302

For more info call 860-567-8302

Cars for Kids Automobile Show
Sunday, October 21 ~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR)
On Sunday, October 21, the Valley Collector Car Club (VCCC), and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club (LHHAC) will collaborate with the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in presenting the 6th Annual Cars for Kids Automobile Show.  This event will be held on the Junior Republic's Litchfield Campus on Route 63, from10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with gates opening at 8:00 AM for exhibitors.  The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 21.  

Exhibitor bags will be provided for the first 200 show car registrants. The first 100 exhibitors to register will also receive a dashboard plaque. Show car entries are $10 per car.  More than 20 trophies and awards will be presented at approximately 2:15 PM.  Spectator admission is $5 per car.

A variety of breakfast items and a luncheon consisting of a choice of a pulled pork or breaded chicken breast sandwich plate will be served in CJR's D'Assern Dining Room.  A Food Court will offer a variety  of foods to "eat on the go," including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.  The Litchfield Aid of CJR will offer home-baked cakes, cookies and other delicious items at its Bake Sale.  Click here for more details.

Litchfield 300th Anniversary Committee
On May 19, 2019 Litchfield will be celebrating 300 years since its incorporation. Any organization that is planning an event to celebrate, or that is interested in partnering with another organization in celebrating, is asked to coordinate their efforts with the 300th Anniversary Committee. Businesses interested in sponsoring an event are also asked to contact the committee. Please contact Lisa Losee at