start of a new year is always an exciting time, a time to be
surrounded by the love of family and friends. Well the PGRS is
no different than any of us; itís an exciting time for the club
too, starting off with our purchase of the new trailer. This new
trailer should give the club many years of good safe service and
room to grow. I would like to say thank you to our entire
membership for making donations to the trailer fund. This was
the biggest undertaking that the club has ever done, and it took
all of your help to made this project a big success. Iím so
proud of the club fulfilling this dream. Last, a very big thank
you to Donald Goodwin for all his work and help in the purchase
of the trailer. I think we all need to take a minute to thank
the start of a new year, it is time to start putting together
the calendar for 2016. This is one of the hardest jobs the club
has to do, but with the help of our members volunteering to host
different meetings, it is easier for me and the other officers.
As it stands now the club didnít get approval to do the
February Greenberg train show. Frank Hicks regrets that they do
not have space for the PGRS to do a display. He said that they
had more reservations for vendors than they had in the past. (They
make their money from the vendors.). Frank has sent us a few
passes for the show and hopes that we will try for the next
show. I want us to try to do all of the Greenberg train shows,
but we need a backup plan for those months that we do not
the 2016 calendar we have been asked to do a show again for the
Monongahela River, Rail & Transportation Museum in August for
the Brownsville days. The Castle Shannon Fire department has
asked us to come back and do their train show in October. Fred
Molly tells me they are going to try to make this a two day
show. Fred will be get back to us.
Demyan has volunteered to host the June meeting on June 18th
and Clark Kemmerer has volunteered to host the September
meeting, date TBA.
We are looking for ideas, new or old ones, and
for people who would like to volunteer to host one of the
monthly meeting. I hope that we can schedule some workshops for
our meetings. Some examples: if you have a special talent you
can share your knowledge with the group; if you need help with
your layout a group can lend a hand. If you have a special
month you would like to host a meeting, please call me before
the January meeting, and I can put it on the calendar and lock
that month in for you.
Thank you to Alycefaye and Tina for the great job
they did in planning the Christmas party. The food was
delicious. I know that I ate too much but that's what a party is
all about. (See photos of the party) Alycefaye made
Fudge" for us, and the recipe for it is in the Dining Car. We
are looking for a location for next year's Christmas party, and
we need to do it soon. If you have a place you would like us to
check out, please give the information to any of the officers.
December we did a show for the Monongahela River, rail &
Transportation Museum to help them celebrate Christmas. Santa
couldnít make it with his busy schedule but it was a very good
show . We raffled off a Snoopy train set (G-gauge) at the show
to help raise some money for our new trailer fund. Angel, one
of the volunteers at the museum, won the train. (See
her photo with the train set and photos of the display) Our next
meeting is scheduled for January 23rd at 1:00. The Museum
will be our host for the annual planning meeting to start off
the year. We plan on having the new trailer at the meeting for
members to see and check out.
Please take a minute to look over Tina Weimer's treasurer report
for the end of year. Also, check the Wanted/for Sale column.
This is a service the club offers to the members looking to
sale or buy train related items. Alycefaye is trying to help
her brother who is looking for a Heisler engine to go with his
Shay and Climax engine. If anyone knows of someone who wants to
sell one please let contact Alycefaye.
October the club took a bus trip down to the Sugar Creek area.
One of the stops on the trip was "The Age of Steam
Roundhouse." I received an e-mail from them reporting that they
have officially run out of space with the delivery of their 18th
steam locomotive, a 2-10-0 constructed in 1929 by the Baldwin
Locomotive works. I highly recommend a trip to ďThe Age of Steam
Roundhouse." It's a must see for any lover of steam engines.