Railroad Historian Max Miller Presents Valley Railroad Program on Jan. 21

Can you imagine climbing aboard a train at the Chester Depot and traveling to Middletown or Old Saybrook? In 1871, you would’ve had a choice of two morning trains and two late afternoon trains to take from Chester. What happened to them?

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Max Miller, who has become well-known around the state as the Connecticut Valley Railroad Historian, will talk about his just-published book, “Along the Valley Line: The History of the Connecticut Valley Railroad,” at the Chester Meetinghouse on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. 

This will be Max’s second presentation in Chester. In 2012 he spoke about the history of railroading in the area to a packed house at the Meetinghouse. Max spent many years “working on the railroad” (the Valley Railroad from the 1970s to the 1990s, serving as vice president and director of the line, and for Amtrak and Conrail in the 1970s), and has been amassing a vast collection of Valley Railroad memorabilia for decades.

Max’s book was published by Wesleyan University’s Garnet Books. According to Laura Smith (Railroad History Archives, University of Connecticut), the book is “the definitive study of this railroad’s crucial role in Connecticut transportation history.”                            

The program is free and refreshments will be served. The Chester Meetinghouse is at 4 Goose Hill Rd., Chester. In case of bad weather, the program will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. Questions? Call 860-526-2331.

“Along the Valley Line tells the story of one of New England’s most scenic and beloved railroad lines. Railroad historians, enthusiasts, and the many who have taken a ride on the Valley Railroad's wonderful steam powered time machine, will find this book an engaging and comprehensive read.” (William G. Dulmaine, Jr. President of the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, Inc.)