(KC Smith) The 2010 version of our Easter Bunny Train co-sponsored by the VRA and Tri-State Chapter NRHS was a success, although we were not sure early on it would be. This was because with all the snow and then the wind and rain we had this winter our signs and banners took a beating this year. But with the help of some very dedicated volunteers from both the VRA and Tri-State we were able to in the end sell the train out. Our costs where much higher than normal due to the sign damage and extra advertising we needed to do so we did not meet our goal financially but we were still able to raise a lot of money for our effort to move the station and Tri-States effort to repair and repaint their F-3 into the Lackawanna freight scheme.
As always the biggest thanks go out to the people who volunteered to wear the costumes that made all those kids on the train so happy.
These people worked and sweat to make the day out on the rails for over 4300 people a day they are sure to remember. Add to them the over 30 other volunteers from both groups that worked the platform, parking lots and on the train to make sure the day was safe and fun for all our passengers.
This year we ran with 8 cars for passengers and 1 crew car and except for the fact that we only had 2, yes I said 2 bathrooms on the train everything on board worked very well. As the passengers exited the train I greeted many of them and I am pleased to report that all I heard was praise for the work that we did. And then after the train we received more praise in e-mails and in person for the outstanding job done by everyone on board and on the ground.
I would like to thank Charles Smith for his tireless efforts to make sure the train was a success and for his friendship over the last 15 years. It takes people like Charles and the countless other volunteers too numerous to mention here to make trips like this work. You all deserve a round of applause.