East Litchfield railroad depot taking on a new look
O&G Industries worker Peter Daddona stands on top of a Dumpster being filled with railroad ties in East Litchfield on Tuesday. Operating the Bobcat deposting the ties in the Dumpster is O&G worker Peter Lipeika of Litchfield. BZ photo
A crew from O&G Industries in Torrington was at the railroad depot in East Litchfield on Tuesday loading a pile of old railroad ties into a pair of Dumpsters.
O&G was lending a hand for the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society as it continues its ongoing cleanup of the depot. Removing the creosote-covered ties is a big step in the five-year effort to turn the depot into a park-like setting along the bank of the Naugatuck River.
ELVIS is scheduled to hold its annual spring cleanup at the depot on Saturday morning. Work will target dead trees and overgrown brush.
The depot recently saw a Naugatuck Railroad train stop at the depot on a trip from Thomaston to Torrington. It was an occasion likely to be repeated as the depot's look continues to improve. The Thomaston-based Railroad Museum of New England, which owns the Naugatuck Railroad, is planning to build a platform at the depot.
Below, a Naugatuck Railroad train is stopped at the East Litchfield railroad depot. Contributed photo