December 2012-January 2013 President’s Report

            Since you are reading this in the New Year of 2013 I guess the Mayan calendar was incorrect! Thankfully and sadly we have to reflect on the loss of valuable volunteer members, all of whom contributed to the benefit of our Museum: former President Ed Blackman, former Vice-President and Project Leader Bill Britt, Ken Williams, Charles Cuniff, and a few that retain their privacy.

             In 2012 we were able to succeed with many projects: extending our lease, relocating the rear gate which gave us an additional 83 ˝ feet of running room, acquiring catenary arches, constructing two pavilions, initiating work on the burro crane, initiating work on a flat car for use as a ride on an open car, painting of the CN caboose (nice bright red, as a caboose should be), repairing the floor of the Reading coach #2001, continuing work on the Tonawanda Valley observation car and the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad wooden caboose. We continued participation in numerous outreach programs, and enhanced our Easter, Pumpkin Patch, and Santa events. The Museum made numerous acquisitions through donations and gifts. The Museum was the site of movie shoots, wedding and engagement shoots, CD cover shoots and music videos, tours, new and expanded Wednesday night programs, and birthday parties. Unfortunately a few planned projects did not come to fruition in 2012, but remain in the working or planning stages.

            Even in a marginal economy the Danbury Railway Museum has continued to grow economically through innovative programming, careful and frugal spending and efficient project management. Our accomplishments in 2012, as you can see, were numerous. Why? Because of you, our members and volunteers! The sharing of our members’ talents, knowledge, expertise and cooperation is the main factor which contributed to a reasonable and respectable 2012. We must thank those familiar or maybe not so familiar faces/names and new volunteers who have jumped in to help with both feet! Apologies if I have missed acknowledging anybody.

Joseph Alves   
Bob Andriola 
Alan Baker
Roberta Ballard
Bob Bell  
Gary Bentley
Marty Bishop 
Ed Blackman*
Suze Blackman 
Bob Boothe
Mary Ann Boothe
Bill Brett
Bill Britt*
Chip Brown
Harry Burke
Dan Carleton
Peter Celona
Justin Chapin 
Don Collier
Dan Cordoso 
Katie Corwin
Charles* & Nancy Cuniff 
Jim Daly 
Bob Detlefsen
Al Emanuele
Max Enis
Nick Ernst
Dan Foley
Dave Fuller
Bob Gambling 
Paul Gassner
Franz Gerencir
Steve Gould
Greg Grice
Marty Grossman
Al Gruber
Gerry Herrmann
John Ivansco
Ian Jenner
Charles Johnson
Bob Kessler
Geoff Knees
Don Konen
Dave Kopycinski
Hans Dieter Krauter
Mike LaGue
Dana Laird
Joe LaPorta
Mike LaPorta
Jerry Lawlor
Harry Leeds
Tom Lenhart 
Gil Letellier
Carl Liba
Dave Lowry
Ian Mdnsen
Mike Madyda
Stan Madyda
Joe Mato
Tom McCullough
Shannon McDonald
Jim McGeorge
Dave McKee
Pete McLachlan
Glenn Miller 
Dan Milone
J.R. Mitchell
Elaine Mitchell
Bill Nicholson 
John O’Hern
Patty Osmer
Shirley Peatfield
Andre Perez
Bob Pitcher
Ira Pollack
Bob Powell
Jeremy Rice
Dave Rist  
Jeremy Rice
Wade Roese
Luis Roman
Dana Rosenbergen
Chuck Sager
Mike Salata
Marty Scatola
Adam Schwartz
Richard Shaboo
Elyse Shapiro
John Silbert
Dave Simington
Art Slothower
Lovett Smith
Nancy Sniffen
David Stavans
Judith Stavans
Terrie Stramiello
Frank Sullivan
Carolyn Taylor
Jim Teer
Sue Teer
Jeff Van Wagenen
Bill Waggoner
Joe Ward
Matt Wuensch
Roger Whitcomb
Tony White
Ken Williams*
  Carol Wilson
David Wilson
Fiona Herrmann 
Kristina Maceira
Victoria Maceira 
Ashley Norkowski  
Sam Steinbrook


An * following a volunteer’s name indicates that sadly the person has passed away.

            As a member of any volunteer organization your reward is proportional to that which you put forth. The volunteers above should be proud to have exhibited the utmost of commitment and dedication to their/our own Danbury Railway Museum.

On behalf of the Danbury Railway Museum,

Thanks for your sharing,

Wade W. Roese