When I last wrote to you all we were just days away from re-opening Hawthorne Station. Well, I am happy to say that May 22nd went off without a hitch, but not before some last minute scrambling to get things ready. Please read the Hawthorne Station report for more on what it took to make things happen. Since that time, we have cut back on the work sessions and tried to give all the people who made the station project a success a little bit of a break.
Now that summer is half over we need to set our sites on the future. In addition to the continued effort on the station we need to get ready for our Santa Trains, our October motorcar trips and other fund raising projects we have planned which will be addressed in the future.
We also have some purely fun things to look forward to, the first being an open house at Boonton Yard on August 20th. The URHS is going to have much of the equipment open and/or available for viewing and photographing.
Then the next day at Whippany Railway Museum, Tri-State, the CNJ Vets and the VRA will be having a picnic. We were invited to be part of the picnic last year and although it rained we had a good day running our motorcar and enjoying everyone’s company. We have not confirmed yet if we will be running our cars, but we do know that everyone is invited to attend, bring their families, and enjoy the day. Please watch your e-mail for more details.
Those who took part in the Easter Trains know that we did not have the dinners after each day’s trains in an effort to save some much needed money for the station. We did however say we would have a picnic for everyone who worked the trains and while it is a bit later then we had hoped we have planned Saturday September 10th as the date for that picnic. As a way to help show off what we did at the station, we will hold the picnic there starting at 1pm. All food and drink is included and everyone who worked the trains and their families are invited. All we will need from everyone is a count of how many will be coming.
I would like to close by thanking everyone who helps out in any way to make our projects run. I have said this many times and it is as true today as ever, I am very proud to be a VRA member and you should be too.
See you on the rails.