What was the last "HOBBY TRAIN"/ Railfan excursion run by the New Haven

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What was the last "HOBBY TRAIN"/ Railfan excursion run by the New Haven

BX10
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BX10
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December 27th, 2017, 6:24 am #1

Just wondering what was the last  Railfan train that the New Haven ran?
 I have pictures of a May 1966, excursion with RS-3 #526, I take it that there may be more?

 Bill
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TomNelligan
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December 27th, 2017, 9:02 am #2

Fantrips continued on the New Haven through 1968, right up to the end. I'm pretty sure that the final one was an RDC trip sponsored by the Boston chapter of the Railroad Enthusiasts (now Mass Bay RRE) in December 1968, running from Boston to the Edaville Railroad for Edaville's annual Christmas display. A solo Budd carried riders to somewhere on the Taunton-Buzzards Bay line via Attleboro (to Wareham, I think) from whence a bus connection took folks on to Edaville. I photographed that train at Forest Hills with the expectation that it would be the NH's final fantrip.
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Noel Weaver
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December 27th, 2017, 8:18 pm #3

As some of you know I was involved in more than one special movement back when.  Penn Central would continue to run specials but there was a big difference in the terms.  Their policy was cost plus 100 per cent which knocked my folks out of the picture.  No more trips to Maybrook or on the Canal, too much for us.  Penn-Central would give us a great rate on scheduled trains including special stops if necessary.  In 1969 I ran my last "Weaver Party" trip on Penn-Central from New Haven to Kingston, RI to ride the Narragansett Pier where we were afforded the red carpet treatment.  The Penn-Central made a special stop on train no. 3 that Saturday for us to make a timely return westbound and they gave us a good round trip rate as long as it was on a scheduled train.  I arrarnged party rates a couple of other times for groups as well during the Penn-Central period.  I do remember various fantrips on Penn Central, one to Maybrook and another one somewhere over east.  I did not go on either one of them and don't remember the details.  We really had it good with the New Haven when it came to special moves, they literally bent over backwards to help us and I am speaking not only for myself but the organizations that I was involved with during this period.  The fine people in the New Haven office were always great to deal with.  ALL OF THEM.\
In closing please let me take this opportunity to wish everybody who reads this a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Presently it is around 75 at Pompano Beach, Florida the Florida East Coast is running fine as is Tri-Rail our two railroads.  The double track is almost finished between West Palm and Miami for Brightline and Tri-Rail runs 25 passenger trains each way a day between West Palm Beach and Miami.  We may not have as many trains as you folks have but we have trains and I do my share riding them every chance that I have.
Have a good day.
Noel Weaver  
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January 13th, 2018, 7:31 am #4

The last fan trip I rode on the NH (I was a NH employee at the time) was in June 1968 with No.97. If I recall correctly, the trip went from New Haven-Hartford-Waterbury-Derby Jct-Danbury-New Haven.
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TomCurtin
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January 13th, 2018, 10:05 am #5

There was a stream trip behind #97 Danbury-Canaan and return on Oct 6 1068
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January 13th, 2018, 1:54 pm #6

Tom

Was that "1068" BC or AD?
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TomCurtin
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January 15th, 2018, 10:32 am #7

AD --- just two years after the Battle of Hastings

Seriously, it was Oct 6, 1968.  I was on it

Tom
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