Harvey Koehn invites members of the SFRH&MS to attend.
Chapter member Bob Walz will present this month’s program. His program is a History of the Santa Fe and the Grain Industry, how their interaction changed both the railroad and the industry. He will look at the flow of grain from the farm to the country elevator to the terminal elevator to the mill, and then flour out of the mill. We will see snapshots of operations of trains moving grain and flour. The meeting and program will be at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1101 N. River Blvd. These activities begin at 7:00 p.m. Come to the Riverside Café, 739 W. 13th, prior to the meeting for the informal dinner. This begins at 5:30.
There will be four book door prizes prior to the main program. You must be present to win. Charter member Lee Clerico donated these books. There may be some other prize offerings too, still to be determined. Please if you won a door prize at the May meeting would you kindly decline at this meeting to give others an opportunity to win something this time.
The four book offerings are·
Focus: The Railroad in Transition, Robert S. Carper, author.
Railroads Across America - - A Celebration of 150 Years of Railroading, Michael J. Del Vecchio, author.
.The History of North American Railroads, J. B. Hollingsworth, author.
World Railways - - An Illustrated History of the Iron Horse, John Westwood, author.
One of my favorite locations in all of West Virginia is Spruce, West Virginia. Hard to believe there was once a town here, a helper pocket, 2 bay engine house and more. Now nothing is left, not even the Western Maryland. Today in 2014 the West Virginia Central still runs over this scenic and historic route. After a day of runby’s, the West Virginia Central photo freight makes a last run by through the town of Spruce, West Virginia. A HUGE special thanks goes to John and Mark Smith of the WVC for being kind enough to provide us in attendance of 2014’s Cass Railfan Weekend a nice surprise. (via RailPictures.Net Photo: WVC 6641 West Virginia Central Railroad EMD GP9 at Spruce, West Virginia by Ian M. Hapsias)
ATSF 3421 - CLOVIS NM Feb 1974 — ATSF GP35 3421 rolls eastbound. On this trip none of us were equipped with a scanner but we had no trouble catching trains. Clovis was a goldmine for photo opportunities. I lived in Oklahoma and GP35s were rare there. (photo date approximate). Photo by Charles Stookey.
BNSF #5374, a GE C44-9W, leads a westbound combo Yang Ming / China Shipping stack train descending the Arizona Divide at Maine, AZ on the BNSF Seligman Subdivision in January 2014. Photo by Joe Blackwell.