On October 20th, we hosted the monthly meeting of the NMRA Mid-Central Region, Division 2 at the Norwin Public Library in Irwin. This is the third year the October meeting has been held here and it is a beautiful venue; easy to get to, nice facilities and plentiful parking. We appreciate the use of their community room.
We have been trying to see all 20 of NS's heritage locomotives for over a year now and we only had one left that neither of us had seen - the Erie Railroad paint scheme. Tuesday evening I got an e-mail notification that it was spotted in Latrobe headed westbound on the Pittsburgh line, so I grabbed Charlie and we headed for Manor. We arrived just in time to get this so-so quality photo, but at least we have proof that we saw it! Charlie still needs to see two units and I need to see three, but collectively we've seen all 20! Andy
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present for Operation Lifesaver; this time at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, located in Washington County, Pa., as part of a Boy Scout Railroading merit badge program. Lynne Thompson, the museum's Education Coordinator, runs these programs twice a year to provide a forum for this Merit Badge program. I was invited to assist by Rick Hannegan, with whom I have done a number of OLI presentations. Rick and I met at our presenter training program in 2010 and our common interests are the basis of a nice friendship. He is also an active volunteer with the Trolley Museum, something I look forward to doing some day when I retire. Here are a few photos from the day.
This was one of the most enjoyable days I've spent in a long time. Thanks to Lynne and the staff at the Pa. Trolley Museum for hosting this event and Rick Hannegan for inviting me to participate. If you have not visited the PTM, you need to do so. You can plan your visit at their website: www.pa-trolley.org. Better yet, become a member or even a volunteer. The older I get, the more interested I become in local history and this was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge.
Another great website with tons of photos of Pittsburgh's mass transit buses and streetcars can be found at: www.pittsburghtransit.info. I've only scratched the surface of this vast collection of photos, route maps and timetables from Pittsburgh's past.
As some of you may already know, our friend Howard Heltman will be moving in the near future. Both he and his wife will soon be retired and they plan to head south to Mrytle Beach. Unfortunately for us, his amazing model railroad of the Western Maryland Western Sub will be dismantled. However, Howard invited us over for a final operating session on October 14th, 2013. As usual a great time was had by all including three of Howard's friends from Virginia who came up to operate the layout; Mike Garber, Wayland Moore and Jerry Ritter. We'd like to congratulate Howard and his wife and wish them many long and healthy years of retirement. We have operated many evenings at Howard's and it was always enjoyable and relaxing. Furthermore, we learned so much about scenery and layout design as we watched the Western Subdivision take shape. Thanks for everything Howard!
-Andy & Charlie
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