After a second helping of
cookies at the PGRS picnic, Dave Bodnar indicated that some
additional notes, ramblings, and information were in order for
the PGRS newsletter. Unfortunately his words fell on an audience
of one (me) hence these comments for this, and perhaps, future
issues if the readership is not too bored.
There have been
some recent moves by hobby shops in the South Hills area.
Hobbytown USA is moving to a new location within Robinson
Towne Center. The store will reopen on Sept 18th at
2000 Park Manor Blvd ( between Home Goods and Kirklands ).
Thanks to Dave Maynard of the South Hills model RR club for this
A. B. Charles Hobby Shop, long a fixture in Dormont and later
in Mt. Lebanon has gone south to Mc Murry. The address is 4045
Washington Rd , Mc Dowell Shops , Mc Murry Pa. 15317. Phone is
(724)941-8900. Store hours are Mon-Sat 10-8 and Sundays 11- 4. The
new store is attractive with a lot of merchandise displayed on
The Fort Pitt Chapter of the Train Collectors Association has
meets on Sundays Oct.6 and Dec 1 at the Four Points Sheraton off
Rt. 19 north. The meet is open to the public from 10-3.
The Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Dept. train show is
scheduled for Sunday Oct. 27th from 9-3 . The fire
dept is located at 3600 Library Rd. (rt 88)
Please note we are heavy on South Hills information since
thatís where the writer lives. Additional items are most welcome.
Please call 412-344-5986 or e-mail
An online site worth exploring is
publishes schedules of the Norfolk Southern steam excursions.
The 2013 trips are completed. In 2014 the two steamers Southern
2-8-0 # 630 and Nickel Plate 2-8-4# 765 will be joined by
Southern Railway 2-8-2 # 4501. Many of these trips have been,
and will be run on the old Pennsy main line through our area.
At a previous meeting there was mention of a organization
located in New Freedom Pa. called Steam into History. It
operates a passenger train between New Freedom and Hanover
Junction Pa. This is the route of the special which carried
Lincoln to Gettysburg a century and a half ago. The train
including the locomotive is a reproduction of the consist used
in this historic event. Detailed information can be obtained at