Central Connecticut; Planes, Streetcars, and Clocks   2009-06-04


Last week, a very historical and cultural trip through New England, and on our way back and forth from Boston, these 3 activities in central Connecticut roughly in the Hartford area, roughly halfway between New York and Boston.


New England Air Museum, East Windsor, CT (www.neam.org)

More photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/090529_air_museum_new_england




Beautifully restored B-29, the type of bomber that dropped the atomic bombs.






















A letter from Crista McAuliffe written to a school class a few days before being killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion.









Right: Prototype International Space Station toilet


 Below: our next stop:
Connecticut Trolley Museum
, Warehouse Point, CT (http://ceraonline.org)


More photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/090529_trolley_museum_warehouse_pt_ct



Here is my wife who always enjoys a good transportation museum.   This streetcar came from Cleveland.











Next page: This very typical-looking 1960s General Motors bus, which today any of which would be in a museum, is actually quite unique.   If you look at the story of this below, this was part of a pilot project in the late 1960s to create a bus that could use rails as well.    Note the railroad style horns.    See the photos below of how the railroad wheels folded in.























The museum had some vintage firefighting equipment as well.   Many years ago they actually used these devices, sort of like portable trampolenes so that people could jump out of burning buildings.



















Another stop: American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, CT (www.clockmuseum.org)







Right: Typical of the types of antique clocks you would see at this museum.   Central Connecticut was the home of most of the American clock-making industry in the 19th century, which is one of the reasons why this museum exists.

















More photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/090529_clock_museum_bristol_ct

Did you know that in a mechanical clock, of all the gears present, this one, called the escapement, is the most critical one that allows a clock to 'tick'.    The 2 arms alternate between the specially shaped teeth of the escapement gear.   The arm is powered by the pendulum and the gear by the weight that is wound up.



Left: Atomic, cesium based clock from the Navy

 Right: Another more recent clock, this one the 'CBS Master Clock' as you can see on the inscription.



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