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(In-Person Event) The Great Northern Railway’s Cascade Tunnel

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This program will cover why the first Cascade Tunnel was built and why it was eventually replaced by a new 7.9 mile long tunnel which to date is the longest tunnel in the western hemisphere. The electric locomotives used in both tunnels will also be covered.

Presenter: Rick Abramson began a 44 year railroad career beginning in February 1968 on the New York, New Haven & Hartford RR in Devon, CT and retired in September 2012 as Superintendent of Operations and Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers for The Housatonic Railroad in Canaan, CT. In those 44 years along with the New Haven and Housatonic, he worked in various capacities for Penn Central, Amtrak, Connecticut Central, NY Cross Harbor RR and the New York & Atlantic RR. His big goal was to become a locomotive engineer which he eventually achieved. Along with working for the real railroad, he is also an avid modeler of the New Haven RR in HO scale. His layout has been featured in several magazines.

Registration is required for this in-person event.

Program sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.


Tuesday, May 23, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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AFPL Adult Programs
860-673-9712 ext 4
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Community Room
281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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