We made it, spring is here and time to get out and start working on getting our railroads up and running. In the fall I looked at my yard and was thinking it was in good shape, but when when spring came around, I wondered where all the limbs came from. It made me wonder about my trees! Iím luckier then Rob. The last big storm we had blew over an old apple tree by the house so we have a big clean up job waiting for us.
We had a great meeting in March at the Monongahela River, Rail & Transportation Museum. Thank you to John and Tina Weimer for hosting the meeting. The club reworked the lay out we had previously used, trying out some new ideas getting ready for the TCA convention the end of June. Please see photos of the meeting and display. Our display has four areas: a rail yard with engine house, turn table, and coal tower a town, an industrial area with saw mill, and a rural area with farms. Our hope is that we will have the layout the way we want it at the museum, and move just what we need down to the convention for the show.
Iím very happy to report we had a new member join us at the meeting: Gary L. Phipps, 18 Holly Drive, Mc Donald, Pa 15057. Gary is a neighbor of Gene & Caryll Linck, and last year was a winner of one of the trains we raffled off. Please take a minute to welcome Gray aboard and make him feel at home.
Dave Bodnar has just written up an easy way to search all of the on-line newsletters. This allows you, for example, to search for a recipe or an event when you donít remember when it was published. Just type a key word (cheese or Cumberland, for example) to see a list of pages that contain that word or those words. Please give it a try. I know I will be using it a lot as Iím always going back to search the old newsletters to see what we did or didnít do years before. Thank you,Dave.
Our next meeting is a special one. This year we are going to celebrate earth day at Bob & Carol Gettemy's home and help them build a railroad. Lee Brandes always asks why we don"t go out and build a railroad anymore. We have to get someone who needs the club's help. Lee, this is what you are always asking for! We are going to build a railroad for the Gettemys. Please dress in your work clothes and bring whatever tool you think you may need. Carol has sent some photos to give us some idea of what we will be working with. (Please see photos) Bob & Carol are open to any ideas we may have for the layout.
Our meeting is April 22, noon to 3:00 pm. The address for the Gettemy home is 726 Mace Street, Greensburg, Pa 15601. The Gettemys will supply Ham- BBQ and hamburgers and are asking our members to bring side goodies for our meal. Please call Bob & Carol to let them know what you will bring and how many are coming by April 19, (724)875-9179 or e-mail email@example.com April's meeting should be a lot of fun. If you like getting down to play in the dirt, this is just what you've been asking for, Lee.
Last month I said I would have all the information on our trip to Gettysburg. Iím sorry to say Iím still working on some of the details and will have all information for the May newsletter. So please save September 22-23 for our trip. I think this will be an extra special trip this year.
In closing, the only month that the club still has open, is November. If anyone would like to host or has some idea for the November meeting, please let me know.