It's November and time to clean up the yard for winter. Some of
us start putting trains away for another season and start
looking forward to spring. Winter, I find, is a good time to
clean up my train, fix and repair them from some of the
accidents that have happened during the summer running that I
just didnít want to take time and repair at the time it
happened. Winter is also a good time to build that special
building to give your layout a different look from anyone else,
and a store bought look. If any of our members are taking on a
special project on this year, I ask you to please share you
story and tell us what you are making and how you are doing it.
By sharing what we are doing it may help one of our members
start his or her own, project and if you are stuck on something
maybe if we put all our heads together we can come up with an
answer to your problem. This is why belonging to a club like
ours, you get help and talk to one another when we have a
problem. Please share your story.
I would like to thank Ed Banks for hosting the October meeting.
Ed did a great job on the snacks, and drinks for the meeting.
There was plenty of good food to eat, and the weather was
fabulous, a great fall day. Ed's new layout is a must see. I
hope that Ed will invite us back to see it when he gets it done.
(Please see photo) Ed gave us all some good ideas on doing a lay
out outside but have the advantage of a indoor one, and not
needing to get down on our knees when working on a railroads at
ground level. Ed also used a plastic base to keep the weight
down and artificial grass on top at let the water drain out and
give his layout a natural look.
2014 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the PGRS and
one of the subjects we talked about at our October and September
meeting was people who were members of the club and are no
longer a member, and how we could get them back. The one idea we
talked about was to have a reunion meeting or picnic and send
out invitations to all of our past members to that meeting, and
ask if they have any old photos they could bring for a show and
tell. Our hope is they may rejoin the club. This is one idea we
are looking into, if you have any ideas to help 2014 be an extra
special year for the PGRS please share your thoughts so that we
can make a list, and talk about them at our planning meeting.
In attendance at the October meeting were Jan Vogt, Ed & Ann
Celento, Al & Shirley Hartman, Dale Stoughton, Jack Pyle, Keith
Baggus, Ed Banks, and Sondra & John Wiggins.
Our next meeting will be at Jan Vogt, 2908 Glendale Avenue,
Brentwood Pa. 15227.
November 9, 2013, 2PM to 4PM Jan
will be supplying snacks, and drink for our meeting. Please let
Jan know by
November 5, that you are
coming. Phone number
(412)885-1705 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org . Jan will be giving a talk on general
crafts to be used with our railroad lay out. Jan will also be
having a 60% off sale on items left over from the closing of her
store, Brentwood Station. The Vogt home is not handicapped
Please mark your calendar and save the date for our Anniversary
& Christmas Dinner
Saturday December 7, 2013 at
Peters Place 1199 Washington Pike Bridgeville, Pa. 15017. The
evening will start at 6: PM with appetizers and cash bar with
dinner following at 7: PM. It will be an all you can eat buffet
featuring carved Fillet Mignon, Chicken Tiffany and Virginia
Spots served with green salad with assorted dressing, Heavenly
Potatoes, Pasta Alfredo, Green Peas Almandine and Dessert for
$35.00 per person. Ann Celento is working on the invitations and
they will be going out in the mail soon. Reservations are
November 22, 2013. Next year
will be the 20th Anniversary of the PGRS lets start
the year off with a Big Bang and have a good turnout for the
Anniversary and Christmas Dinner.
As in the past we will have our election for officers at the
Anniversary and Christmas Dinner in December for the coming year
2014, as it stands now Keith Baggus is running for president,
Don Goodwin for Vice president, Ann Celento for treasurer. We
are looking for anyone interested in running for the office of
secretary, or any of the other offices for the club. If you
would like your name put on the ballot please let us know by
November 22, and which office
you are interested in running for.
I have two sad notes to report, the first be about the Cheat
Mountain Salamander being hit by a logging truck on Friday
October 11, two of the trainís passenger cars flipped over on
their sides from the impact of the truck. The logging truck
driver was pronounced dead at the scene and twenty-three people
on the train were hurt. The crash happened at the height of the
autumn leaf watching season. My thoughts and prayers go out to
all those involved. The Cheat Mountain Salamander, The New
Tygart Flyer, and The Durbin Rocket are all trains operated by
the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Inc. and are trains
that the PGRS has taken rides on in the past.
The second sad note is that Polkís (Aristo Craft Trains) will
close its doors
December 31, 2013. For 80 years
the Polk family has made a fair living in the Hobby industry.
The need for customers to cut back on non-essentials and the
cost of manufacturing along with minimum production runs and
long lead times has caused a lack of ability to continue as a
sustainable entity. Polkís Hobby apologies for not being able to
keep this almost 80-year-old business going, and thanks all
their loyal customers for all their business over the years.