THOMASTON - The Railroad Museum of New England recently acquired a 1926 Seth Thomas No. 2 Regulator clock and is hosting a reception to celebrate its “homecoming” on Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Thomaston railroad station, 242 E. Main St.
The No. 2 Regulator was produced in Thomaston for 90 years, starting before the Civil War, and was the standard clock at railroad stations throughout America.
A countless number of Seth Thomas clocks were built and shipped from the Thomaston station to the rest of the country and the world, said the railroad museum’s president, Steve Casey.
“This acquisition will help the museum to educate visitors about the importance of trains, standard time, and clocks to the history of our society and economy,” he said
According to Casey:
“The museum had been searching for this type of clock when John Springer, a volunteer and retired Amtrak locomotive engineer, found one while on a fishing trip in Montana last August.
“Springer was visiting the family of a recently deceased friend, Ron Losee, M.D., when he discovered that Dr. Losee had possessed a Seth Thomas Register No. 2 clock that was built in Thomaston in 1926.
“The family generously donated the clock to the museum ‘In memory of Ron Losee M.D., friend of John Springer’, ” Casey said.
The American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol assisted the railroad museum and arranged for a volunteer, Mel Brown, to clean and tune up the mechanism.
Patrick Hunt of Collinsville Restoration refinished the mahogany woodwork back to its original sheen. The clock is now mounted on the west wall of the Thomaston station.
The railroad museum is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates to 1968.
Its mission is “to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through its educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.”
The museum is located at the landmark Thomaston Station.
The railroad museum owns and operates the Naugatuck Railroad and offers scheduled trains, birthday parties and corporate events.
For more information, visit www.rmne.org or call 860-283-7245.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.