meeting is our annual planning meeting to work on the
2023 calendar. It is scheduled for March 4, 2PM to 4PM,
at Saint Mattias Lutheran Church, 100 Chapel View Drive,
Greensburg, Pa. John and Tina are our hosts for the
meeting. They have asked everyone to bring a snack.
Please call or email Tina by March 1 to let her know
what kind of snack and how many are coming. (724
832-9541) or Tina.Weimer@comcast.net
I’m very happy to report the PGRS received a formal
invitation to do the "Anything on Wheels" weekend at the
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Road, Washington,
Pa. On behalf of the PGRS I have accepted the invitation
to do the show. The "Anything on Wheels" weekend is
scheduled for June 3-4. Please save the dates. We always
need all the help we can get when doing a show. Our
display will be in the educational room like the time we
did a show for the museum in 2019. The dimensions of our
layout area are the same, 16’ by 24’. John has already
started working on a track plan. We can use the large TV
to show anything we want. We can set-up on Thursday or
The annual planning meeting is one of the most important
meetings of the year. It gives us an outline and working
plan for 2023. So, I come to our members for help as we
start working our calendar. As always, we are looking
for new ideas and also old ones that you would like to
do again. We had two requests for train rides, the first
a trip out to Orbisonia, PA, to ride the “East Broad Top
Railroad.” Good news, steam is back on the EBT. The
railroad started test running engine #16, (2/1/23) and
will be running it for the winter spectacular, February
18-19. The #16 has not operated under its own power
since the East Broad Top Railroad Company stopped its
regular operations in 1956. Sixteen was selected to be
the first engine to be restored to operating service
with a complete rebuild.
The other is a trip down to Cass, WV. They have some
good news to report too. The first train across the new
Trout Run Bridge is February 1, (also a test run) for
the first train Cass to Durbin. The Trout Run Bridge is
located in one of the most remote parts of the line. It
will remain as a landmark for future visitors as they
travel from Cass to Durbin on the Greenbrier Express!
This is a new train ride. The line has not been open for
a long time since the bridge was washed out in the 80's.
See www.mountainrail.com for updates, including schedule
and reservation information which will be announced
soon. Cass also offers a two hour ride up to Whitaker
station or a half-day trip to Bald Knob and back.
Cass is also excited to announce the date for the “2023
Parade of Steam” scheduled for Saturday, June 17th.
Both are great train rides. If you not been out to see
them, you need to add them to your bucket list.
Another request came from our visit to the “Western
Maryland Scenic Railroad” last year. One of our more
energized members would like to take the pedal car ride
from Frostburg to Cumberland. I’m told this is mostly
downhill with little pedaling and a whole lot of
braking. The “East Broad Top” will also be adding pedal
car rides which hopefully will arrive for opening day
for rides from Robertsdale to the mines and back.
I’ve had a request to go back out to Ed DeMuth's display
in Millsboro, PA. Ed has so much to see that it is hard
to see everything in one visit.
Clark Kemmerer has volunteered to host the month of
September. He is asking if the club would like him to
get the picnic grove at his church again for our annual
family picnic. Clark is also asking if we want to go
back to Palmieri’s Restaurant for the Christmas party.
Does someone have another place they would like to try?
We also need to work out with the Monongahela River,
Rail & Transportation Museum what weekends they will be
open to run the trains. Still no information on Train
Days yet in May. The dates for Pike Steam Days are May
20 and 21, 2023, and August 11, 12 and 13, 2023. In the
past we have gone out to the museum to run the trains.
If you have a month you would like to host a meeting,
please let me know before the planning meeting, and I’ll
place it on the schedule. If you have any questions,
please ask one of the officers, and we’ll try to answer
them for you.
Please welcome new members Mark Riethmuller and John &
Mary Habelto to the club and take the time to introduce
yourself. Please check out this month’s “Dining Car”
recipe for San Fran Pork Chops.