CT Trolley Museum - Outbuildings
CT Trolley Museum, Kelly Barn and firetruck building
The Kelly Barn is on the southwest side of the property, and the southeast corner of the parking lot. Careful - trains come out of storage periodically from the barn behind this one, and use the tracks between the barn and the lot. In other words, Watch-Look-Listen before heading here.
See, all I have to do is so much as look at the barn, and here comes a Fair Haven & Westville Car, ready for a touchup, a ride, or even a transfer to a more prominent position in the Museum.
This friendly fellow blocks your way into the barn, and every other car's way out.
Various destination signs along the west wall of the barn, to be pepered and solted as you plese. (Anyone get that reference?)
Along the front (north) of the barn. These cars are less ready to be seen than those in the museum, but still well above the state of the worst denizens on the property. (There is a lot more work to be done then there are funds and/or manpower to do it, and the Trolley Museum does accept donations and volunteers. Think about it - if you've read this much about the trolleys, maybe you have a soft spot in your heart for them.) The red thing in front of the yellow car appears to be an electronic one-man track car.
Inside the Rio de Janeiro car. That unrestored interior has an ageless beauty to it. Between the numbers on the General Electric speed dial are directions in Portuguese, as you would expect.
This caboose is cheating a little - Warehouse Point is on CT 140 just west of the Trolley Museum, and North Road is 140 itself. In other words, this trolley is saying it actually traveled the track now restored by the Museum, as well as the once-existing rails on both sides, but I think it's more likely that the Museum has a bunch of extra destination plates from East Windsor, since the Museum is located in that town and all.
Across the entry portal of the firetruck garage. The truck in the last photo fought the Hartford Circus Fire and lived to tell about it, via dozens of articles that all said basically the same thing. I assume if you're interested, you can find out about it without my help.
Continuing into the crowded garage/barn, and turning left.
This truck sits in the maintenance garage, viewable from outside or inside through windows or doors.
After heading all the way left from the entrance, I come to the end of the garage/barn and am outdoors through the open portal. These are stacked from right to left across the front of this wide entrance.
Precious detail on the side of one truck. Fire extinguishers were much more interesting back in the day. I don't see why Anti-Freeze is a Fire Extinguisher, but it says so right on the side. To extinguish the fire, you must turn the bottom up and then strike it on the floor. Strike what on the floor? If the bottom is up, you can't strike it on the floor, but if you strike the top, won't all the anti-freeze come out onto the floor, potentially injuring the holder of the extinguisher and wasting all the firefighting materiel?
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