As my term as President comes to an end, let’s take a look back at the last year of the VRA. Easter train at the beginning of last year was a success, and we partnered with a new ticketing company called Dynamic Ticketing Solutions. We were all set up to give the system its first trial run for Santa train before NJ Transit suspended excursions. That was a big hit to our income, so finishing a few things on the station, and some motorcar repairs were put on hold.
We took delivery of the A-car from the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, and we are now figuring out how to move the Fairmont brush car. It is indoors and not in the way currently so we have some time. With some work, it will be operational and be a big help to future brush cutting activities. I’m going to try and trace the heritage of these cars, as they may be MCC or NYSW.
Right now we are prepping for Easter Train 2013! With contract in hand, signs going up, and tickets sales beginning, we all need to lend a hand in spreading the word. Come down to the station and grab some roadside signs and paper flyers to put out. We are only running Saturday March 23rd so let’s have a quick sellout! After the train we can focus on finishing the station. Gutters need to be installed, bricks covering the steel beams under the building need to be laid, and landscaping needs to be completed.
The VRA will also be participating in the Jersey Central Mother Seton train show again on March 3rd, where we will have the remaining pieces of the Joe Weber collection for sale, as well as others. So come out and see us at the train show, volunteer for the Easter Bunny train, and come down to the station and help finish some minor projects. See you all trackside!