In its railroad heyday from 1850-1950, Willimantic hosted 50 trains a day on three businessman special lines that traveled between New York and Boston on six-hour trips, a decent time even today. All three lines — one Central Vermont and two New Haven — junctioned at Bridge Street off of Main Street by the Willimantic River.
For the last 20 years, a group of avid railroaders who started from scratch have been nurturing a life-size museum on 45 acres near there that boasts a 60-foot-long, 19th century, hand-operated turntable, attached to a gorgeous roundhouse and an array of rolling stock on the grounds. Visitors can climb in and out of buildings, cars and engines, and operate a pump car, for instance. Continued