Meet Our Motormen

We hope to develop this section as a way of introducing the public to our motormen and ladies. They are the face of the Museum and achieve the most interaction with the visiting community. With their badge numbers, names, a photo and a brief synopsis of why they seem to enjoy their duties so overwhelmingly, we will duly present them to you with all of our sincere respect for their volunteerism and dedication to this chosen vocation! It may take some time to accomplish this task but we will provide their profiles as received...

 

 

GUEST OPERATOR - THE START

For Christmas 2006, my grandchildren gave me a gift of a guest operator certificate from the Connecticut Trolley Museum. On March 31, 2007 I had my guest operator ride. My instructor motorman was Ken Holloway. For the trip my 7 grandchildren came with their bicycle helmets on in case there was a problem with me operating a trolley. Their parents were onboard also. It was a very noisy crowd. Ken gave me instructions on the operation of New Orleans car # 836. With this crowd and 2 successful round trips I was hooked on becoming a motorman. At the end of my session I told Ken that if an operator's class was starting to give me a call. One week later I got the call from Ken that a class was starting. Training was done during the rest of 2007 and consisted of rules of the road, techniques of operating a trolley, safety, history of the museum and a physical exam. Henry Kutush and I were the only two trainees in the class. On March 29, 2008 I qualified as a motorman and was qualified to operate different trolleys. As a volunteer motorman at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, operating old trolleys and interacting with the trolley passengers was and still is enjoyable.

Paul Gallo

badge #191

 

HI, MY NAME IS ROGER PIERSON

I have been a member since 1986 when I joined with my grandmother, Barbara Phelps. This year is my 28th year as a member of the Connecticut Trolley Museum. In 1990, for my 9th birthday, one of our volunteer motorman let me operate our "mother car"; Connecticut Company car #65. It was a thrill to be able to operate a trolley car. As I grew up with the Museum over the years, I have operated the Chicago (L) car #4436 and made a dining car stop at my first time operating the car in 1995. In the early 2000's I joined the Operations Department as a motorman and went on to become a trainer. In 2010 I moved up the ladder to become an Assistant Chief Motorman - the nice thing about being an Assistant Chief Motorman is I got to train our Grandmother, Barbara Phelps for her 80th birthday on how to operate a trolley through our guest operator program. On most Saturdays you can find me dispatching, training guest and new operators at the Museum or working on restoration projects. "In Memory of my grandparents, Barbara & Edward  Phelps who both rode our Connecticut Company open Car #840 when it was in Yale service, to a Yale verses Harvard football game on November 22, 1947  - Yale won 31 to 21 over Harvard - we think of you often. You made Our Museum a better place with your bright smile and sunny flower beds..."

Roger Pierson

badge #115

 

Larry has been an operator for 10 years since his retirement from the State of Connecticut.  He also serves as our Volunteer Coordinator, matching potential volunteers with opportunities in our departments.

 

Other volunteer activities include the Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury where he is the regional board chairman.  With the Hartford Audubon Society he leads bird walks and manages one of their sanctuaries. With the Great Meadows Conservation Trust he is the Land Management Chairman, overseeing 48 parcels of farm land and forest.  He also leads walks with the Hartford Area Hiking group of meetup.com.  

Larry plays piano and organ for his church.

Larry Lunden

badge #181

 

I grew up in a small area in Lancaster New Hampshire called Coos Junction.  My parents had a dairy farm along the Connecticut River and across the street was where the Maine Central Railroad and the Boston and Maine Railroads crossed.  As a young boy any spare time from the farm I was over watching the trains wondering where they came from and where they were going.  When I was 12 years old, my parents took me to Montreal Canada and we went to Vancouver to visit my mother's sister on the Canadian National Railroad.  This is where I fell in love with steam locomotives.

 

My lifelong dream was to operate a locomotive.  This dream came true on my first visit to the Connecticut Trolley Museum with my grandchildren when I learned I could train to be a motorman.  Every day that I operate the trolleys bring new adventures and a stronger belief that my boy-hood dream had come true.

Dale Sherman

badge #90

 

 

 

 

 The following list is of motormen/women in good standing, some very active, some not.

 

*Badge #

Motorman

*Badge #

Motorman

33

46

57

66

67

70

115

142

143

154

167

168

171

172

173

177

179

180

181

182

183

184

 

BERT JOHANSON  

DAVID COPPOLA  

MIKE CAPUTO      

LARRY BRYAN

ROB  BROGLE

GALEN SEMPREBON  

ROGER PIERSON  

GEORGE BARRETO

JIM MILLER

CAMILLO SANTIAGO

JACK NAUGLER

FRANK ROSSANO

THURSTON CLARK

GEORGE CONTRATA

MATT JANUSKA     

CAROLYN LEVESQUE

SHELIA NUMRYCH

BRIAN O'LEARY

LARRY LUNDEN

XIAN CLERE  

MATT COSGRO  

CHRIS SHAW

 

185

186

187

190

191

193

194

198

200

201

203

204

206

207

208

209

210

211

212

213

214

215

 

JONATHAN CHAROW

ADAM KREVLOIN   

GEORGE MORRIS

RICHARD LETELLIER

PAUL GALLO     

WALTER PARKER  

STEVE TAYLOR

MARILYN RODRIGUEZ

CARY AROTSKY

MARK FOLEY   

CHUCK MCWILLIAMS

RAY NOBLE  

ALEX ABERDALE

RICK OSBORNE

KEN HOLLOWAY  

KELLY BUFFUM

FRED STROINEY

KAY GOULD

RICHARD COSGRO

RYAN BOUCHER  

JACOB FOLEY   

JORDAN HELZER

 updated 7/2016 - Ken Holloway

 *Badge numbers do not denote seniority

 

 

MOTORMEN IN TRAINING

JUNIOR MOTORMEN

     JUNIOR MOTORMEN IN TRAINING

RONALD ANDERSON

SULLY MROWICK

AIDEN NIES

IAN RAWLINGS

WIL GAMBARDELLA

LIAM DIANA

DAVID DOCKINS

 

 


 

 

 

BADGE NUMBER

MOTORMAN

   YEARS IN SERVICE

 

 

 

192

 

Henry Kutash

 

TBA

 

199

 

Mike Brenner

 

2012 - 2014

 

 92

 

 Vance Reed

 

1984 - 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The above motormen have retired from service at the CTM

 

Please send us your data so that we may build on this tribute...

 

 send to: webeditor@ct-trolley.org

 

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