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    • June 3, 2021 1:34 PM EDT
    • Ric, I'm hoping by then the novelty has worn off a little and finding a place to park won't be an issue.

      I tried to catch it last summer and finding a parking spot along the route was a problem.

    • June 3, 2021 11:15 AM EDT
    • Marked on the calendar and we'll see if we can make it work.  Should be at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers around then.  The 611 being at Strasburg for the Summer would be worth a look see?

    • May 29, 2021 11:02 PM EDT
    • David Meashey said: I served as a car host for 611 and 1218 excursions during the first series of excursions in the 1980s/90s.

       Again, ironic, but glad the J gets to "stretch her legs."

       (Edited to correct spelling of rocket.)

      Hey, cool. We could have potentially crossed paths, from 1982 to 1986 (when we moved to Missouri a couple days before the Dismal Swamp thing. Recall that Ramona's diner was one of the derailed cars) I was in Tidewater NRHS there in Portsmouth and did the car host thing.

      Yeah, 611 would happily run like the wind as long as someone kept feeding her fuel and water.

      Them little 69 inch drivers had somewhat more git up and go than their size might initially suggest!

      Hmm ...

      "Rocket" ...

       

      Ya know, if I had the power to tinker with history I'd have there be some wheezy old timer 4-4-0 and train of open vestibule cars named the "Roanoke Rocket".

    • May 29, 2021 1:36 PM EDT
    • I agree Dave, but the Class 1's in the East are no longer friendly to steam excursions.  Not sure why that is, PTC requirements perhaps?

    • May 29, 2021 11:48 AM EDT
    • Me and Ralph Berg caught it when it ran from Manassas to Front Royal in Va. Even driving the Interstate we had a hard time catching up with it.

      We did manage to catch it before it departed.

    • May 29, 2021 10:55 AM EDT
    • Guys;

       

      Just a bit of irony on my part.  I served as a car host for 611 and 1218 excursions during the first series of excursions in the 1980s/90s.  I served again after 2015 on at least one 611 excursion.  I am happy to see the J running, BUT 611 running on the Strasburg RR is like using a moon rocket to go from Roanoke to Lynchburg!

       

      I went to Millersville State College (that's what it was called in the latter 1960s), so I would frequently ride the bus to Strasburg RR on a Saturday for pleasant railfanning.  Heck, the Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern RR, where I ran H. K. Porter saddletank steamers, was only a bit shorter than the Strasburg RR.

       

      Again, ironic, but glad the J gets to "stretch her legs."

       

      Regards, David Meashey 

      (Edited to correct spelling of rocket.)

    • May 28, 2021 7:45 PM EDT
    • Would love to make it, however our next trip is up to Mass, Late July/early August..

      I need my seafood fix...   missed it last year...

    • May 28, 2021 6:06 PM EDT
    • We'd love to come back, but have already booked a trip to Denver including that weekend.  Have fun!

    • May 28, 2021 11:40 AM EDT
    • Marked.   Reservations made (must be something going on in the area, had to choose a different hotel this time)

    • May 28, 2021 11:24 AM EDT
    • I've been persuaded to hold another Ops session this summer. Usually I head to Canada in July but with the border closed, July 10-11 seems like a good time. So mark your calendars for part 2.

    • May 28, 2021 7:42 AM EDT
    • Terrific detail.  Well done Dennis.

    • May 26, 2021 2:22 PM EDT
    • Visit Tom & Dennis at the D&R Railroad in the exhibit hall

    • May 25, 2021 7:04 PM EDT
    • Bob Cope said:

      Ron, the Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club has run visitors trains in the past, so I see no reason they wouldn't for this show.  I will PM you a name to look to at Nashville to talk to.  You are in for a treat as well, the new club layout is up off the floor, as it has been for so many years in the past.

      Thank you Bob!

    • May 25, 2021 5:03 PM EDT
    • Ron, the Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club has run visitors trains in the past, so I see no reason they wouldn't for this show.  I will PM you a name to look to at Nashville to talk to.  You are in for a treat as well, the new club layout is up off the floor, as it has been for so many years in the past.

    • May 25, 2021 4:25 PM EDT
    • Will Railway Clubs at the train show run your train for you on their layout? I have a City of New Orleans 13 car passenger train Fred painted for me. I would like to see what it looks like at eye level instead at ground level. Thanks.

    • May 25, 2021 4:22 PM EDT
    • Bob Cope said:

      Thanks Jerry for posting that.  Not mentioned in the PDF is any of the display layouts that will be there.  I can not speak for others, but the Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club will be there with a 40 x 60 foot layout, 4 tracks I believe. I had planned to go, but my mom's passing and dealing with estate things, took away my time and disposable income for the event.  I hope all that go have a fantastic time and find some good bargains in the process.

       

      Sorry to hear about your mom passing away. My dad passed away at the same time the National was in Atlanta. Your parent passing away leaves a big hole nothing can fill. Will lift prayers up for you.

       

    • May 25, 2021 4:19 PM EDT
    • We will be there from Wednesday night thru Saturday. Hope to put a face to a name. Will have a black hat with a red CN locomotive on it.

    • May 24, 2021 6:52 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

      For the record:  I went to Ken's mainly to see friends that I haven't been able to see for a few years..

      My health conditions don't allow me to kneel, or bend over for more than a few seconds..  Just standing

      is a strain on my whole system.

       

      Smiling and God forbid laughing is a "Massive Strain" on your system and has been for as long as I have know you! However I was too busy trying to do such I didn't capture any pics which is ok with me as what happens at Kens stays at Kens even if it involves pine cones that he's gonna shove.....never mind!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Thankfully Bruce caught a semi late morning smile ......kinda like the "SON" coming up from the east?

    • May 23, 2021 8:36 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      Andy;

       I do understand your challenges, and have challenges of my own. I still can get around a bit, and enjoy operations, but like you; I really enjoy meeting with friends...so many of them, and I miss every one of them...even you, the play-acting "Grump"....!!!!

        You are blessed with young Jane, who sure does a lot to help you to continue enjoying our hobby. Please say hello to her for me.

          Keep with it, Andy. You are one of the many great characters, who help make our hobby, and friendships VERY enjoyable.

        Fred Mills

       

       

       

      Don't forget the $20 you still owe me dad!