We've gotten word that Roger Smessaert, one of the museum's longtime stalwart volunteers, has passed away. Roger was active for many years in the Diesel Department and the DC Line Department. He was always known as a nice guy and a very hard worker. He was also one of the three men who operated IT 415 on the very first day of operation at IRM back on July 17, 1966. And he was able to make it out for the 50th anniversary of that event last year, when he again got to operate the 415 to reenact the first run. Roger will be missed by everyone at IRM who knew him.
The "Hicks Locomotive and Car Works" banner at the top is taken from original artwork of the company, which was in business from 1897 to 1911. The picture behind it shows the three CA&E wood cars in a train at the Museum, headed by #309, which was built by the Hicks Locomotive and Car Works in 1907.
For more information about these cars, follow these links: CA&E 308; CA&E 309; CA&E 321; and IRR 205. For other equipment at IRM, go to the complete roster.
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