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Pittsburgh Garden Railway Society Minutes for June 18, 2016

 The meeting was called to order at 12:40 by President Keith Baggus. 29 members were in attendance.

  Information was presented about the TCA 2017(week long) National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. (in the old Hilton Hotel, downtown). Keith received a formal letter inviting us to do a 24’ X 24’ display at the convention. They showed interest in having members organize a train tour of some of the club member’s layouts. Five members have come forward to volunteer their layouts. Ideas are needed and volunteers to chair the organization of these event. Brownsville Museum has given us their basement for the use of setting up our display, ahead of time, for the TCA Convention for a test run to work out any problems. More information will be in future newsletters. Parking will be on our own dime for the convention, so plan ahead…take the “T”, a bus, the trolley or car pool from an outlying area if you don’t want to fight the parking.

Bill Patterson has graciously donated all his train buildings to the PGRS. Bill is downsizing and moving, so all his train, tracks and equipment are for sale. See sales information in our newsletter. Our next meeting will be at Bill’s home. His last train run will be at our meeting on July 16 starting at noon @ 246 Regency Park Place, Bethel Park, Pa. 15102 (412-833-2220). Bill is catering the food for the meeting but he requested for you to bring your bathing suit or just dangle your feet in his pool. Let us make it a day to remember…Contact Bill to give him a count on how many members will be attending.

We will not be doing the Greenburg Show this summer. They had enough venders to fill up the hall. Discussion was held about ways to encourage Greenburg to fit us into the show. Some members felt we should look to other events to demonstrate our trains. Jackie Magri, our Greenburg Show person, is working on the fall show application for us. Keep your fingers crossed….Our train layout is presently on display in the Monongahela River, Rail & Transportation Museum, Brownsville. Our next show will be there on August 13-14 from 10: Am to 4: PM. Because it is already set up we will not need to go down ahead of time on Friday…YAH!!!

The Elkins Train Trip (Sept. 30- Oct. 1) as of JUNE 18TH  had 33 people paid. There is still time to sign up. It is a great historical train trip (see the details in our newsletter) or contact Keith Baggus for information 412-276-1236 or 412-780-1073, kbaggus@comcast.net           

The Christmas Party @ The Willows has been cancelled by the owner. He sold the restaurant/ motel and the new owner will be doing an extensive renovation that will not be done in time for our party. We are looking for another venue for 50 people for the first Saturday in December (3rd). If you have an idea contact Keith Baggus.


New carpet was purchased. Six, 8’ X 12’ bound green carpets. This will enable us to do any size layout up to and including the 24’ X24’ needed for the TCA Convention. It was decided by the members that the money should come out of the trailer fund to pay for the carpet.

A motion was made by Tina Weimer and Seconded by Dave Bodnar and unanimously passed by those in attendance that new electronics for the trains should be purchased by the club.

Dave Bodnar informed the club that a Harry Potter train display (O-scale) was given to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. It is on the second floor. Ours is on the third floor. According to Dave the layout is “GREAT”…take time and visit it…

The 50/50 was won by Alycefaye Stewart and her winnings were donated back to the club.

Mark and Teresa Demyan, our hosts, outdid themselves with a train theme of food and table settings. Her Fairy Gardens set within the train layout were delightful and Mark’s trains meandering through out the garden edge completed the visual diorama. Thank you again for opening your home to our club.

A motion was made by Bill Fallecker and seconded by Burt Mangold to end the meeting.

Minutes by:

Alycefaye Stewart