May is one of the best times of
the year with all the flowers starting to come out and the trees
turning green. We live in a great part of the country
where we get to enjoy all four seasons, each one has something special to offer.
I would like to thank Alycefaye
for hosting the April meeting, and John and Tina Weimer for all
their help. The Stewarts are very lucky to have special
neighbors like Weimers. As my grandmother would say, they are
"keepers." Thank you Dave for doing the wiring and other
track-related issues, and taking care of the power for the
Stewart's. The track cleaning engine was a big help.
Please keep Paul and Alycefaye in
your prayers. If you are sending a get well card to Paul you
need to address it to Joseph Paul Stewart . The hospital knows
him as Joseph not Paul and will return your card if you have
just Paul on it. Thank you Alycefaye for keeping us all informed
on Paul. Our prayers are with you both. If
there is anything we can help you with just let the club know.
In attendance at the April
meeting were Alycefaye Stewart, Dave Bodnar, Ed Banks, John &
Tina Weimer, Ed & Ann Celento, Jim Schwarz, Clark Kemmerer,
Alice Angelo, Jack Pyle and Keith Baggus. We had a guest who
also attended and is thinking about joining the club. His name
is Greg Shieck from Irwin Pa. The lucky winner of the 50/50 was
your poor president. Thank you Clark for running the raffle.
(Check out photos from April meeting)
Our next meeting will be at the
Masonic Lodge 2907 Main Street Beallsville, Pa. 15313. We will be
doing a train display at the Lodge and will be part of The
National Road Festival. We well set up for the show on Friday,
May 17, at noon. The show is Saturday, May 18, 9am to 5pm and
Sunday, May 19, Noon to 5pm, with take down and packing the trailer
This show is the first, and only one, we have scheduled
for 2013 as it stands now. We are going to try and do the
Greenberg show in November but this is based on their approval,
and we will not know if we will have approval until fall.
We are not getting paid to do
this show so we are going to raffle off an LGB starter train set
to help defray the cost of the show, and help make a little
money for the club. We are getting the train from Jan
Vogt; the cost for the set is $200. The price for the raffle
tickets is $3 each or two for $5. The drawing for the train
will be on Sunday May 19, 5pm at the closing of the show.
need not be present at time of the drawing. The winner will be
notified by phone, and arrangement made for the lucky winner to
receive the train. If any member would like some tickets to sell
before the show let me know and Iíll send them to you.
Any show takes a lot of work and
we will need all the help we can get especially with the set up
and taking down and packing the trailer. So please look over the
schedule and see where you can volunteer to help. On Friday we
are setting up our display noon until we get done. Saturday the
show runs from 9am to 5pm and we are looking for people to man
the display, answer questions, and sell raffle tickets in 2 hour
shifts. The first shift opening at 9am to 11am, second 11am to
1pm, third 1pm to 3pm, and the last for the day 3pm to 5pm and
closing for the day.
On Sunday we are asking for volunteers to
work 2 Ĺ hour shifts. Opening at noon to 2:30pm for the first
shift, and the second shift 2:30pm to 5pm and closing. At 5pm we
will need all the help we can get for taking down and packing
the trailer. Please look over the schedules and e-mail me
email@example.com what time best fits your schedule to
volunteer. You can work more than one shift, but there
is lot going on at the National Road Festival and I would like
the club members to take in some of the
other events that weekend.
Just down the road a few miles
from Beallsville on Route 40 where we are doing the train show,
The National Pike Steam, Gas, and Horse Assoc. on Spring Road
Brownville, Pa 15417 will be doing their spring show. The
spring show is free but they will take free-will donations that
are greatly appreciated.
New this year is a line shaft machine
shop. Some of the highlights of the show are shingle & rope
making, sawmill, antique shovels, tractors, gas & steam engines,
car, and trucks, large craft and flea market area live
entertainment hay rides. This show is a great place to go to get
some ideas or take some photos of things and see how they work up close
for modeling for your rail road.
We had a very good response to
The Polar express trip: we had 62 people make reservations, 42
adults, and 20 children. I had the sad job of telling everyone
that I was sending them their deposit back that the train was
completely booked for the 2013 season for the weekends and they
only had a few tickets for weekdays available. When I start
planning for this trip I had set aside 30 tickets and was to get
back to the railroad on Monday April 1st. I had held
back calling the railroad until Wednesday to make sure that I
didnít have any other reservations coming in the mail. The
people I had been working with said when they didnít hear from
me on April 1st they called the first group on the
waiting list and the tickets were gone. When I asked why they
didnít call, they said they have people calling all the time and
9 time out of 10, they never get back to them. Iím very sorry
for all the disappointment. Iíll try to do better the next time.
If we try this again next year weíll have to have the dead line
for making reservation in January. Chock this up as a sad and
disappointing learning experience.
The ride around Horseshoe Curve
is scheduled for Saturday, July 27.
The bus will be departing from the Carnegie United Methodist
Church parking lot and then to Monroeville mall. This is a day
trip by deluxe motor coach (Lenzner) Weíll board Amtrakís THE PENNSYLVANIAN
at Johnstown Train Station and ride the train around the famous
Horseshoe Curve. Then travel by coach and visit the Railroaderís
Memorial Museum. Next weíll enjoy lunch at the Monte Carlo
Casino restaurant. After lunch itís on to the Benzelís Pretzel
outlet and Horseshoe Curve Visitor Center. The last stop of the
day will be the Lemon House at the Allegheny Portage Railroad
National Historical Site and Museum. The cost for the trip is
$100 per person, (Lenznerís doesnít have a discount for
children). The deadline for making reservation is June 1st.
We need at least 35 people for this trip to pay for the bus and make
this all happen. The bus can hold up to 50. I have ten
reservations as of now and am looking for some more people so we
can make this happen. If you have any questions, please feel
free to call
(412)276-1236 or e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and Iíll try to answer them..
Iím looking for some help.
there anyone in the club who can make decals on their computer?
What do you need to make the decal and where do you get your
supplies? Do you have to have a special
printer to make them? Iíve got a Canon printer for photos. I
hope one of our members can answer my questions. I saw an article
on this a long time go and donít remember any of the details of
the article other than a computer was used to make the decals.
If anyone has any other questions
let me know and weíll put them in the newsletter and try to get
answers for you.