Railway Post Office Dog Day at the Danbury Railway Museum

Railway Post Office Dog Day at the Danbury Railway Museum

More About Railway Post Office Dog Day at the Danbury Railway Museum

On Saturday, July 13, the Danbury Railway Museum will host a celebration honoring the legacy of Owney, the Railway Post Office dog. A centerpiece of the day will be the museum’s fully-restored Pennsylvania Railroad circa-1910 Railway Post Office (RPO) car. The event at the museum at 120 White Street will run from 10am to 5pm. Admission for this event is $10.00 (under 3 is free) which includes a train ride and access to all activities. Children will also receive a free Owney postcard with special DRM handstamp. A unique souvenir of the day!

Owney was a stray dog which found its way into the Albany, NY post office in 1888 and was soon adopted by the Railway Mail Service clerks and became the mascot of this elite government service. He traveled throughout the state, and then all over the country, in the RPO cars, eventually venturing around the world as a U.S. Post Office Department “emissary” in 1895. In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued a postage stamp to honor him. Owney has been preserved and is on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. Visitors to the Danbury Railway Museum on the 13th will hear the true story of Owney, the mascot of the U.S. Railway Mail Service, and can tour the lovingly-restored RPO car.

The “Railyard Local” – a short train ride in a 1920's passenger coach or a caboose pulled by one of the museum’s vintage locomotives – will take visitors through the historic rail yard and past over 70 vintage railroad cars and locomotives, including a Boston & Maine steam locomotive built in 1907. Riders will have an opportunity to see the historic turntable — currently undergoing a major restoration — and get a tour of the steam-era water tower pump house. Trains depart hourly from 10:30 to 3:30. Of course, the fascinating exhibits inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will be open, along with a fully-stocked gift shop. The model train layouts inside will also be operating.

The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history. The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT. For further information, visit the Web site at click for details, email to info@danburyrail.org, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.

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Event Details

Date: July 13, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location:
Danbury Railway Museum
120 White Street
Danbury CT 06810

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Contact:
Danbury Railway Museum
203-778-8337
info@danburyrail.org


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