I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the chance to be President of the VRA. It’s a great privilege to serve this organization in this capacity. With the help of the new executive committee and the Board of Directors we will be able to do a lot of fun activities and accomplish many projects.
Easter Train 2012 tickets sales floundered in the beginning weeks, but after a hard push towards the day of the train, we were able to have a terrific turnout. Many thanks go out to Carolyn Hoffman, Justin Kerstner and Betsy Newbury for their outstanding effort to make this year’s train possible, as well as all of our Volunteers that came out for the weekend. Through everyone’s efforts we put on a great show and gave all of our riders a nice day out.
Special thanks go out to KC Smith and Charles Smith for showing us the ropes and all the planning that goes into making these trains a reality.
On March 4th, the VRA once again participated in the Jersey Central Historical Society’s train show in Clark, NJ. We brought what remains of the JKW collection. The show was very well attended, better than previous years, and we were able to sell a good amount of the collection. We still have many lanterns to sell and more models, so we look forward to doing another show.
This year we will continue to maintain and improve upon our motor cars. At the end of last year we had purchased two motorcars from the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, which we will try to get running this year. The Sheffield 40B restoration will be completed this year as well.
Keep your eyes on the Yahoo group for work sessions at Boonton yard. Any time that you can come down and lend a hand is always appreciated and it would be great to see some old faces that we haven’t seen in a while.