THOMASTON â€“ The Railroad Museum of New Englandâ€™s next event in its Speaker Series will be Jim Cameron, a longtime Connecticut commuter advocate, on Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the Thomaston Train Station, 242 East Main St.
Cameron will speak on trains, as well as address the Connecticut Department of Transportationâ€™s budget situation, proposed fare hikes, and service cuts on branch lines.
A veteran television journalist, he is a founder of the Commuter Action Group and former chair of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.
According to museum president Steve Casey, Cameron will offer the public the opportunity to hear an historical perspective of Connecticut railroads and the impact public policy has made to present-day transportation challenges.
â€śCameron is a well respected advocate for rail and bus transportation,â€ť said Museum Trustee Mike Riley. â€śFormer NBC News director and anchor, now a professional communications consultant, he leads workshops on media training, speech, and presentations skills, and preps clients for analyst briefings and legislative testimony.â€ť
â€śJim served for 19 years on the Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council, is an elected member of the Darien Representative Town Meeting, and is program director of Darien TV79, his townâ€™s government TV station,â€ť Riley said.
The RMNE is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational, and historical organization that dates back to 1968, housed at the landmark Thomaston Train Station. The RMNE and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Naugatuck Railroad, operate on 19.6 miles of track from Waterbury to Torrington leased from the State of Connecticut.
Upcoming excursion train operations include the Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tours, on selected Fridays and Saturdays; weekend scenic trains at noon and 2 p.m., starting May 26; and the Litchfield Hills Special, with barbeque, bourbon, and desserts, on May 26. Rides will also be offered on Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 9.
The RMNE also offers scheduled trains, birthday parties, and corporate events. For more information, visit www.rmne.org .