is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a holiday that we don’t
have to do a lot of decorating for it, just put our flags out,
there is always a lot of good food, friends and family to help
us celebrate, we don’t have to go out shopping to buy presents,
and the best part we have fireworks to top off the celebration.
Happy Birthday to our nation and many more.
I would like to thank Allen and Shirley Hartman
for hosting the June meeting. Al had been working very hard on
his railroad the weeks before the meeting getting his railroad
display ready for the club to see, pulling weeds, planting
flowers, and his trains were all up and running. Al your train
display looks great, good job. Please see photos of the meeting.
In attendance we had Alice Angelo, Clark Kemmerer, Bill &
Claudette Malick, Al & Shirley Hartman, Don Goodwin, Dave
Bodnar, Ken Maglietta, Mark & Teresa Demyan and Keith Baggus.
The PGRS welcomed new members Mark and Teresa Demyan to the
meeting, Mark had joined back in January at the Greenberg show.
In the upcoming meetings please take a minute to introduce
yourself to Mark and Teresa and welcome them to our club. Thank
you to Don Goodwin for running our 50/50 at this meeting, Al was
busy running the trains that day, congratulations to the lucky
winner, your president. It was good to have Claudette Malick at
the meeting, and see how well she is doing after her mini
stroke. We send out Get Well wishes to all our members who are
under the weather, please join me in wishing for a speedy
recovery, Ann Celento hip surgery, Barb Mangold a stroke, and
Bert Mangold broken leg.
Dave Bodnar gave a talk on his latest idea for
lighting some of buildings when we do a show. Dave had made some
examples of his idea with the 3D printer that he had
demonstrated at February meeting. The idea looks great and with
it taking it power from the track it will save having to run a
lot of wires to the building.
other topic we discuss was the starting a new column or section
in the newsletter for any of our club member who are looking for
items, or wanted to sale something that they had gotten for
their railroad , and no longer need it, or doesn’t fix the plan
they now have for their railroad. Dave Bodnar has taken that
suggestion and made a new column where members can post items
that they are looking to sell or to buy. Dave is asking that we
please send any items to
least a few days before the end of the month to be included in
the next newsletter. Please check out the new column, and forget
to send your post to Dave so that he can add it to the
newsletter, it doesn’t cost you anything to advertise in our
As for our next meeting, we had hoped to do the
Greenburg train show in July. Jackie Margi has just called
Monday June 30, 2014 to let me know she got the answer in the
mail to our request, and that we didn’t get approval to do the
show. Thank you Jackie for all the work you do in sending out
our request to be part of the each show. We now move on to plan
B. Our back up plan is to take a ride on the “T” from South
Hills Village to the Science Center. If we have 15 or more we
can get a group rate at the Center. Our plans are to do this
July 12th. I will check with
the “T” and get a schedule on what time it is running
on Saturday and have all the
information on the reminder notice, also need some idea on how
many will be going so I can call the Science Center to get the
group rate for us. Please let me know if you are interested and
how many will be coming. We‘ll try again in November to do the
I’m very happy with the response for
reservations for our bus/train trip out to Lancaster scheduled
for September 12-13, 2014. We have
more than the 35 people needed for the minimum passengers for
this trip. We have 42 people so far and still have room for ten
more. If you are thinking about joining us on this trip please
don’t wait, I will be taking people on a first come first serve
basis. The trip includes transportation by deluxe motor coach,
one night’s lodging at the Country Inn of Lancaster, one
expanded continual breakfast, one family-style dinner at the
Hometown Kitchen Restaurant, reserved seating for “Moses” at
Sight and Sound Millennium Theater, tour of the Railroad Museum
of Pennsylvania, and ride on the Strasburg Railroad. For all the
details and more information on this trip, look at the trip
column in this newsletter.
Good news as reported in the August “Trains”
magazine. The east may soon get its own massive articulated
steam locomotive. This summer, Cumberland, Md. Western Maryland
Scenic Railroad will receive Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 Number
1309 from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The railroad
hopes to restore the locomotive to operation by 2016;
restoration of No. 1309 will begin as soon its arrival at the
Ridgeley W.Va. shops. Managers who evaluated the locomotive say
it is the ideal candidate for the mountainous tourist line.
Currently Western Maryland No. 734 by Federal regulations
requires a complete inspection at the conclusion of the 2015
season. The goal is to finish No. 1309 in time for the start of
the 2016 season.
Evaluations of the railroad’s infrastructure,
including the turntable at Frostburg, MD, showed that few
modifications will be required to accommodate No. 1309’s
significant length and weight. An extension of the siding at
Frostburg will be constructed for the line’s longest Trans.
Railroad officials believe that the operation of this unique
piece of C&O history will increase ridership while also reducing
operating costs. Currently, the railroad uses a helper diesel
approximately 40 percent of the time; 1309 will reduce or
eliminate that need.
I say it looks like we’ll have to have a trip to
Cumberland, MD in 2016, I would love to see this massive
articulated steam locomotive at work, and hear what it sound
like going up the mountain.