Canaan 2016

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kcur8722
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November 17th, 2016, 10:11 pm #31

I will have to check on that Rich & see what I hear about it.
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Train144
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November 18th, 2016, 11:33 am #32

The old original weathervane was removed from the station sometime in the 1950's and was placed in the lobby of the (now-former) Canaan Savings Bank. The president of the bank at that time was Allyn Fuller who was a devoted and knowledgeable rail fan, particularly of the New Haven and the CNE. I remember seeing it on display in the bank, complete with a birds nest that was in the cab of the locomotive. I would hope that the bank that acquired CSB has retained it.

The replacement weathervane was crafted by the second-trick operator at the station, Frank "Hotter" Zucco in the 1960's. He had help from a former classmate of mine, Marty King. That weathervane was the one that sat atop the station for many years until the fire, when it was rescued by the local fire department.
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kcur8722
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November 18th, 2016, 1:32 pm #33

Thanks for clarrifying Train144.  I have a picture of the station in 1959 without the original weathervane. I will have to check when I'm in town & Salisbury Bank (the people that took over from CSB) is open to see if the original is still there.  I remember when Frank was at the station during the 1960's when the New Haven Railroad was still in operation.  I remember him possibly also operating the manual crossing gates that were there at that time.
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kcur8722
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November 21st, 2016, 12:14 pm #34

I stopped down in Canaan Monday morning at Salisbury Bank (formerly Canaan Savings/ National Bank) in Canaan & the original weathervane is still in the lobby as you walk in: no birds nest in the cab part.  It has a weathered petina on it, also.  According to the caption below it, it was on top of the station from 1873-1953 & was thought to have been made in Amesville, which is in the Falls Village /Salisbury area.
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Fenderli
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November 22nd, 2016, 8:25 am #35

I have heard the same story about the weather vane. It was the Amesville Iron Works at that time. That was located directly across the falls at Falls Village and there was a bridge off the main to it.
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kcur8722
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December 2nd, 2016, 2:33 pm #36

Latest on the station:  They have finished up asbestos removal & are working on outside drainage system.  Lot of lights working inside, also.  (With wintertime coming & weather permitting, this is where they'll be doing most of the work).
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DBrion
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December 3rd, 2016, 12:09 pm #37

Thank you for the update - glad to see the progress.  As with many others, Canaan is a special place for me. 
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kcur8722
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December 27th, 2016, 7:07 pm #38

Latest update since my last post on the forum:  They have stripped some of the yellow paint off of the West side of the building that was saved form the 2001 fire & have removed the windows on the top floor.  Also, they have started to rebuild the walkway around that part of the building that was there previously.  The green conduit pipe has been pretty much buried, except for two remaining large pieces.  Work is continuing inside as I saw a dumpster pretty much filled to the brim with disposed materials.  As we head into 2017, i will periodically update the forum as to the progress.  If all goes according to plan, I figured the rededication to be sometime around June, 2017.  Looking forward to it.
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Fenderli
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January 1st, 2017, 12:50 pm #39

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kcur8722
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January 13th, 2017, 7:50 pm #40

Latest update on Canaan:  They have completely removed all the windows from the old part of the station that was saved in the 2001 fire.  They will install replicated ones to match the ones on the newer sections.  Indoor work is still being done & they're working on outdoor decking areas.  Lakeville Journal of January 12th had nice article with photos about the progress, also.  Ron Zanobi the building inspector who is there every day to check on the progress said that barring any unforeseen happenings, the station will be completed in May.  Will keep the forum posted on further happenings.
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