It's August and it is amazing how
fast summer is going by. Before long the kids will be going back
to school and we’ll be talking about fall. With this in mind the
PGRS is planning a train ride on the “Potomac Eagle” for Friday,
October 21, 149 Eagle Drive Romney, West Virginia. The excursion
is a three hour trip (1-4PM) that goes in search of bald eagles
down a remote stretch of the Potomac River, southbound through
the Trough to Sycamore Bridge and back. It is approximately
thirty-five miles round trip. There is no layover; passengers
stay on-board. The standard diner receives a boxed lunch,
advanced reservations are required, and your entrée must be
chosen at the time of reservation. You have four selections for
the boxed luncheon: Ham & Cheese Sub, Roast Beef Sub, Turkey
Sub, or Veggie & Cheese Sub. All boxed lunches are served with
potato chips, seasonal fruit, a brownie & water.
The price of the train ride is $75 for seniors ages 60+. Romney
is located about twenty-five miles south of Cumberland, Md.
Route 28 takes you to the station, which is 1.5 miles north of
Romney on Eagle Drive.
Romney is one of the oldest towns in West Virginia and it’s said
to have changed hands fifty-six times during the Civil War and
has numerous historic homes and buildings to explore.
With Romney only being twenty-five miles from Cumberland, some
of our members may want to stay in Cumberland and ride the
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad the next day, Saturday the
22nd, and see the last Baldwin steam locomotive built for
domestic service. It is now the world’s largest operating Mallet
(2-6-6-2 steam locomotive) east of the Mississippi River. Train
departs Cumberland to Frostburg at 11:30AM.
When the train arrives in Frostburg, you have a forty-five
minute layover before returning to Cumberland, the duration of
trip about 4.5 hours. Price is $45.00 for seniors (60+).
If you want to spend the night, a suggestion is the Sleep Inn &
Suites, Cumberland-LaVale, Maryland.
In August the PGRS members have a lot to choose from. The PGRS
Annual Family Picnic hosted by the officers is Saturday, August
20, noon to? We will meet at the Plum Creek Presbyterian Church,
550 Center New Texas Road, Pittsburgh, Pa 15239. The club will
provide the hot dogs, hamburgers and buns, for the main dish.
The officers are asking members to fill out the menu with a side
of your choice. We’ll need snacks, salad, sides, and dessert.
Please call Clark Kemmerer or Alice Angelo and let them know by
August 16 what you will bring and how many are coming. Phone
(412)795-0524 or e-mail email@example.com Clark has asked
me to pass on to the members that there is a small playground
for the kids. If anyone gets lost coming to the picnic call him
on his cell phone (412)452-0513 or Alice (724)713-6134 for help.
I have always said the PGRS looks for new ideas to try. Danial
Cinowalt has come up with a very interesting one for the club.
It is the “Mill Creek Central Railroad” down in Coshocton, Ohio.
They are having an open house or a railroad get together, August
3-7, where people bring their trains to run them, and give
guests a train ride. (Waiver is required upon entering.) Dan
thinks Friday and Saturday will be the busiest of the two days
of the open house.
The Mill Creek Central Railroad is 7 ½ inches gauge with total
track length of approximately five miles. I know this doesn’t
give members much time to plan a trip, but Dan is saying this is
one of the best times to go. Also this is when they will have
lot of different trains running all at one time. (Please see the
Video of the Month.)
August 12, 13, & 14th is the “National Pike, Gas & Horse Show.
The Monongahela River, Rail, & Transportation Museum will have
an Open House on Saturday, August 13, 10-4, and Sunday, the
14th, 12-4. The PGRS will be running the trains and members are
welcome to stop by and help. Please let Tina Weimer know what
day and time you can volunteer to help. (724)832-9541,
John has also passed on information about the Baltimore and Ohio
Historical Society Annual Convention in Cumberland, MD, August
25, 26, & 27. Here is the link: https://borhs.org/index.html A
link to the annual convention is on the left of the home page.
Our September meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 24,
at 1 PM. Clark Kemmerer and Alice Angelo are our hosts at the
Kemmerer home, 28 North Joslyn Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa 15235.
Please mark your calendar and save the date. We will have
details in the September newsletter.
July's meeting was a field trip to Millsboro to see Ed DeMuth's
Victorian-Era railroad station built using a copy of original
P&EL blueprints. Ed's displays include a model of the
Connellsville B&O train station and artifacts from the West Penn
Railways. The collection among other things is the home to more
than fifty or so railroad and caboose lamps and lanterns. Ed has
amassed a couple thousand or more railroad related items. I know
everyone had a very nice time, and I hope we can go back again.
Ed has so much to see it’s hard to take it all in with just one
visit. (Please see photos.)
After our visit, we moved on to the Riverside Inn in
Fredericktown for lunch. Thank you, Tina for making our
reservations. We can’t have a meeting and not have something to
eat. A good time was had by all, and a BIG THANK YOU to Ed and
his wife Janine for hosting our meeting.