May will be a very busy month for the PGRS. We have the National Pike Festival at the Monongahela River, Rail & Transportation Museum to celebrate the first national road. We have this on the calendar and are looking for volunteers to help run the trains and sell raffle tickets. John and Tina have picked up a John Deer train for the club to raffle off at the show. Thank you John and Tina. Please look over your schedule and see when you can help with the show, either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Please add to the calendar Saturday, May 13 ,noon to 4PM, the “Fayette County Train Day," celebrating rail roads in Fayette County. This is a one day show at the museum, and is being sponsored by the Fayette County Cultural Trust. Their mission is to enrich the area’s quality of life by promoting our cultural, artistic, historic and natural assets and by creating partnerships to revitalize communities and further economic development. They have listed five other groups that are part of this celebration. They are Harry Clark’s display “Indian Creek Valley Railroad," The Hobo Club Railroad display “West Virginia Northern," Carter Higbee railroad display “B&O Railroad," Tri Town Area Historical Society Connellsville Area, and the Monongahela River, Railroad & Transportation Museum. You can e-mail the trust at email@example.com or call (724)320-6392 for additional information. This is the weekend before the National Pike Festival and we'll need volunteers to help run the trains and sell raffle ticket.
The club will raffle off one train but selling tickets both weekends for the John Deer Train, with the winner being picked on Sunday at the end of the Pike Festival. Sunday we will be taking down the display and packing the trailer for the TCA Convention at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh. The May show is a dress rehearsal for the convention in June.
As promised in last month's newsletter I’ve got the information all together for our trip out to Gettysburg. I had a small problem with the restaurant. Their definition of dinner was 3PM and my definition was around 6PM, and the timing just wasn’t working out, so I had to find another restaurant that could handle a large group for dinner. With that one small problem taken care of please look under trips for the information. If you have any questions please call or e-mail me and I’ll try to answer them for you. This is a two day trip, with a ride on the York #17 reproduction of the train that carried President Lincoln from Washington, DC, to Gettysburg, Pa, where he delivered the Gettysburg Address. The rates for this trip are based on a 35 person minimum with Lenzner Motor Coach. Members that live east of Pittsburgh will be picked up at the Monroeville Mall. For those who live out by the Lenzner office in Sewickley, you can still get the coach before it leaves for the church.
Thank you to the Gettemy’s for hosting the April meeting. We had a great time working on the Gettemy’s garden railway, and the rain held off. Thank you Carol for lunch. I know Bob was too busy with the trains. Bob, all the men want to know how you got Carol to give up her living room for your trains when the rest of us have ours in the basement or garage. Please see photos of the Gettemy’s railroad and all the workers.
The weekend of 29 & 30 I will be going to the North Carolina Transportation Museum at Spencer for the 100 years of American steam. I’m looking forward to seeing the-611, taking a ride, and the unveiling of the famous 4-4-0 Texas. I’ll have a report and some photos for the June newsletter