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July 6: POSTPONED Housatonic Railroad Coffee Run

July 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Postponed until July 27, due to poor weather conditions.
Starting Point: Gather at Union Station in Canaan, CT for a morning kick-off. You’ll find coffee, restrooms, and gasoline within easy reach. Drivers’ meeting is at 8:00 a.m. with wheels rolling by 8:30 a.m.
Route Overview: The drive will be a delightful blend of history, views, and roads, tracing, as closely as pavement permits, the path of the original Housatonic Railroad from Union Station to Danbury Station. This railroad, chartered during the 1836 railroad boom, once connected all the quaint towns along Route 7 and is still echoed in the landscape and stations.
Stops Along the Way:
Falls Village: Brief stop to admire the historic station.
West Cornwall: Known for its picturesque covered bridge—a perfect photo op!
Cornwall Bridge: Pause to appreciate the old station’s charm by the river.
Connecticut Antique Machinery Museum: Pause to see it’s few steam trains.
Kent: Here we’ll take a longer coffee break and stretch our legs.
Merwinsville and New Milford: Quick stops to photograph the historic stations.
Final Destination: Danbury Railway Museum. Here we’ll conclude our journey with a visit to this iconic station, featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Plan for a fascinating exploration of rail history and restored trains with rides on the hour.  Optional lunch at the historic Sycamore Drive-in, in its 75th year!
Drive Time: Approximately 1:30 hours of actual driving, with a total of about 2:30 hours including all stops. Add additional time for those who wish to thoroughly explore the Danbury Railway Museum.
Returning Home: Participants can choose their return path individually, with suggestions for scenic or direct routes available.
More details to follow as we get closer to the event date.  Prepare your cameras and get ready for a journey back in time along one of Connecticut’s historical lifelines!
 
Coffee Run pre-registration is not mandatory but if you are interested in attending this run, please contact our run leader/Coffee Run Co-Chair, Michael Anderson at anderson@hartford.edu  Mike will place you on his contact list to notify you of any changes due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
 
RidewithGPS NAVIGATION PHONE APP
Through the generosity of Hagerty Insurance, a RidewithGPS navigation app club account is available to all CVR members. The RidewithGPS app provides turn by turn directions on your smart phone.  Important Note: Please complete all the setup steps prior to the Coffee Run that will be using the app (the app needs to be set up ahead of time and it will not be possible the day of since adding members is a manual process).  It takes a few days to get through the membership approval process and it is not possible to set it up the morning of the event.  Routes will typically be available for downloading from the app a few days prior to the event till the day of the event.
Paper directions will not be provided. Please utilize the “Ride With GPS”  app, generously donated to the club by Hagerty Insurance Co. The details on how to set up the app can be found – click here.
PCA DRIVING TOUR STANDARD BRIEFING
PCA has developed standards for driving tours that have to be followed by the regions.  Please review the standards we follow – click here

Always remember to check the web page for last minute changes and inclement weather issues.

Details

Date:
July 6
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Michael Anderson