Minisink Heritage Days
We put a lot of smiles on people’s faces, young and old. Got to meet some local residents and got some great stories about how the line used to be, and stories from a few older gentlemen about hoping the train north out of Unionville to go fishing or swimming at a pond near Waterloo Road and then stealing work trailers and pushing them south up the hill to Dickinson Road and riding them down to Unionville on their return.
On Saturday a possible logistical problem with the trailers was resolved when one of the locals offered the use of his trailer to setoff and store our equipment in the DPW garage. For his generosity KC gave him a ride all the way back to Johnson. Special thanks to the Town of Minnisink too for letting us store our equipment and sales items overnight Friday and Saturday.
Craig brought his Fairmont car Saturday to help with rides. We ran the LNE car too for a total of four cars. Steve Weiss showed up around 2pm and gave a few rides, but trouble with his new motorcar forced him to leave early.
On Sunday Larry brought his Woodings with his new roof mounted 5 chime locomotive air horn. It was definitely a hit with the kids, some adults too. Around 2:30pm the Festival started to wind down so we took the cars north to Middletown. Anybody that helped and wanted to go north came along. We had KC and Matt running the MT-19, Larry and his Dad in Larry’s car, Terry, Mark and myself in the VRA Woodings.
We had a nice turn out of members and as usual we all worked together to make the event work and had a lot of laughs in the process. Thanks to those members who helped make it all work so well. They are: Charley, Paul, Mark, Chris, Matt, Curt, Will, Craig and his wife (sorry I forgot her name), Larry and his Dad ( I don’t think I know his name), Mary, Jeff and Terry, I hope that I did not forget anyone. Again we came together, put on a good safe event and had a great time doing it. (from Chris Vitz)