It only took a train ride: Railroad museum appoints treasurer

Published on Saturday, 8 July 2017 20:20


PLYMOUTH - The Railroad Museum of New England has named Terryville resident Jim Skoczylas as a trustee and acting treasurer.

Skoczylas led the fiscal office of the City of New Haven’s school system for 20 years. He will be joining seven other trustees on the museum’s board of trustees.

The museum is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, based at the historic Thomaston Train Station built by the original Naugatuck Railroad in 1881.

Museum President Steve Casey nominated Skoczylas.

“Since Jim and his wife Carmen joined the museum almost two years ago, Jim has taken the initiative to volunteer wherever and whenever he can,” Casey said. “He has led the effort to institute fiscal controls and developed our first budget. I have full confidence that he will do a great job. He does that with all that he has undertaken.”

“Jim Skoczylas is an excellent volunteer who rolls up his sleeves and gets things done. He prefers work over talk,” fellow trustee William Sample said.

“When I retired from the New Haven school system, the last thing I wanted to do was finance work, and here I am volunteering doing just that,” Skoczylas said. “It all started one day when I stopped by the Thomaston Train Station to check the place out, and Steve Casey told me to hop on the train and take a ride. That was all it took.”

Skoczylas is a life-long Terryville resident. According to a statement from the museum, during his 20-year career in New Haven, he set up many purchasing and operating procedures for a $170 million annual budget and never had a deficit because of controlled spending. He was the supervisor of six accounts payable office staffs.

He will fill the unexpired term of Kristin Mosimann of Thomaston, who recently resigned due to family obligations. His term runs to August, 2019.

Along with Bristol resident Casey, Skoczylas will serve as trustee along with Robert Eberheim of Cos Cob, John Gamm of Glastonbury, Richard Malley of Simsbury, Howard Pincus of White Plains, NY, Michael Riley of Thomaston and Bill Sample of Plantsville.

The railroad museum is an educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. Its mission is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through educational exhibits and the operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.

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Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Terryville on Saturday, 8 July 2017 20:20. Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2017 20:22.