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 where a US Postal Service representative will sell stamps and cancel envelopes with a special one-day “Owney Day” pictorial postmark. The event includes a train ride, access to all activities, a free Owney-cacheted envelope, and a free hot dog.
Owney was a stray dog who found his 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 14th 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.
Address: 120 White St.
Danbury, Connecticut 06810
About Danbury Railway Museum
The Danbury Railway Museum is located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut. It offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and opportunities for hands-on railroad work at "12 inches to the foot" scale. The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization staffed solely by volunteers.