Monday, September 19, 2016

Showcase Weekend, Part 2

One of the highlights of Members' Day is meeting old friends, and making new ones.  Al Reinschmidt was out and was looking much better after recent health problems, as was Bob Rayunec.  And there were many others, such as Charlie King, Randy and Betty Anderson, and John Myhre,  And I met several blog readers, some for the first time, and enjoyed talking to them.  Your words of encouragement make it all worthwhile.

We'll start with some pictures of the 972, which hadn't operated for the public for about 40 years.

L to R:  Jeron, David, Joel, Richard.

And here it is coming around the curve at South Jct.:

Another nice thing was that the diner Galt House was on the heavyweight train, which hasn't run for several years, I think.   They weren't serving food, but it looks great inside.

Jerry Boguse showed me the kitchen and explained all the work that has gone into it, as well as what still needs to be done.

Along with the DM&IR coach and the Santa Fe combine, this makes a nice-looking train.
Jerry, Roger, and Bill.

After dinner, I was the conductor on the night train, so didn't have much of a chance to take pictures.  Anybody who has some night photos of the 36 and 319, we'd appreciate them!

However, at one point we were waiting for a while before the next trip, so Frank got out his portable Victrola, put in a new needle, and started playing some popular music (Harry James) for the waiting passengers.  This is not the unit that actually belonged to a CA&E conductor, but it's the same idea.


Oops, we didn't wind it up enough.   Sorry....

Ahhh, much better.  You won't find customer service like this at any other museum.

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