The M&NJRHS hosted a great picnic on Sunday August 13th at Slate hill, and we were invited to attend. The day started out with a group of our members meeting at Johnson to get the cars out of the barn or off their trailers for a run to Middletown to meet the train. Bill Smith, Bill Nelson, Charley Roseilus, Frank Eichenlaub, Ken Brown and his wife and Scott (?) along with 5 motor cars set off north at around 8:15am. They met K.C. Smith at Slate Hill and picked him up along with making contact with John Deserto of the M&NJRHS who had gotten the gates open and would help flag some of the crossings. It was a great run to Middletown where 3 more cars and the train awaited our arrival. Just after 10, M&NJ #2, a GE 44 Tonner, was fired up and after a little TLC by mebers Bill and K.C. Smith pulled the NYS&W #0117 caboose off the siding and headed south. A few photo stops were made enroute with an arrival at the picnic just a few minutes after 12, almost on time. A great spread was put out by the M&NJRHS guys and we filled up on all sorts of goodies. After lunch Harold , from the railroad, said it would be ok for us to give some short rides to the crowd and so we fired up the 8 cars and for the next few hours ran down the out of service track towards Johnson. It was great to listen to the people saying how much fun it was to get to ride the rails and we even gave them a little history lesson on motor car operations. Just after 5 the whole group got in place for the return North to Middletown behind the train. By the end of the day we had done 2 round trips to Middletown, given almost one hundred people the chance to see, learn about and ride in a motor car, met some old and new friends, had a great meal and had a fantastic time doing it all. We can’t wait for next year.
M&NJ PICNIC 2000