Thanks to the help of members Paul Trabert, Charles Smith, Joe Weber, Bill Smith and K.C. Smith plus the added help of Carrine, a high school student who helped us out as a way to get some community service time now required by many schools, we had a successful 2 days at the station. Between the two days we had thousands of people come through the building. Our railroadiana displays were well received and the sales area was kept busy. All tolled we sold about $400.00 and more importantly got our name and what we do out to many new people. A special thanks go out to Bill Smith for bringing his N gauge layout and Charles Smith for supplying a number of engines and cars to make it even more interesting.
We had a large group on hand for today’s work session. The party, lead by Bill Smith, included Allison Smith, Larry Ten Hoeve, Frank Eichenlaub, Alan Alloco, Charles Smith, Brian Parr from the M&NJ, several folks from Casey’s Camera and Bruce Koenig, our newest member. We began at the car barn in Johnson NY after 10 AM. Frank brought the motorcar he just purchased from the Black River & Western RR, a Fairmont originally from the Wabash. Despite repeated attempts, it refused to idle (nothing a little TLC won’t fix). The decision was made to leave the tool car and have the Woodings haul Frank’s motorcar, as we would need the extra seats. Lead by Brian’s Dodge Omni, we headed south. Along the way Brian felled nearly a dozen trees. The group cleared the under brush accumulated over the past year. We reached Westtown by 1 PM and broke for lunch. The weather began to turn, the sky darkened and the wind picked up considerably after lunch. Thankfully, the rain held up and we were able to continue southward. We crossed over Route 1 and rolled over the newly unearthed section of track behind the Westtown Bakery. This was a first for me! It was rough going from this point as there were many downed trees blocking the line. I’m guessing last year’s hurricane finished off several of them. We stopped for a few pictures about 100 yards north of Langlitz Road. Brian posed the Omni on a small bridge. According to the map, the railroad is crossing Rutgers Creek.
We reached Langlitz Road by 5 PM and decided to call it a day as the first drops of rain fell. Brian put the tires back on the Omni and headed back via the highway. We reached the car barn by 5:30 PM and posed for a group photo. Some of the group made a quick run to Slate Hill before calling it a day.
With the coming of the nice weather we are setting our sights on getting finished with the work of opening up the M&NJ RR. We are so close it really should not take long. We are going to try and put together people to work on Thursday’s, Saturday’s and Sundays. It will not be an every week thing but rather when we have members who would like to go. We will need a few members to be crew leaders and more to be crewmen. Interested? Sign up by e-mailing us. If you are not a member of our group, why not join us. It’s free and easy. Just send us your name, address and phone and then get involved. See you track side.
On February 19th, 2000 K.C. Smith, Joe Weber, Hank and Marie Webber, Gary Kazin and Paul Trabert operated the food concession at EastRail 2000. We setup everything at 1000 AM and handled the pre-show crowd as well as three breaks in the program. Ann Jenings helped us locate a local place to make sandwiches for us when our chosen caterer failed to deliver. Walter Grosselfinger of the URHS personally thanked the VRA for our efforts in front of the attending audience. Our net profit for the day was about $350.
The VRA has been asked to run the food sales at Eastrail 2000, to be held at Warren Hills Regional School in Washington, NJ. We are looking for members who would like to lend a hand between the hours of about 10 am and 4 pm. If you volunteer you will get a chance to see at least one show for free, depending on how long you volunteer for. Volunteer all day and get to see half the shows, FREE. If you would like to help out please let us know via email or hotline. First to volunteer get their choice of shows they would like to see.