It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a month now that Trails & Rails has been going on the Southwest Chief between Chicago and La Plata. Due to myself changing jobs, I have only done the first inaugural trip on May 18-19, 2013… but am enjoying running things from behind the scenes. My wife and I will get a little more “train action” in the coming week or two here. This coming Saturday and Sunday (June 22-23, 2013), Kandace will be teaming up with Alane Morgan and famous railroad author John Kelly to do a trip to La Plata. On June 25-26, 2013, I will be doing a special training run on the Southwest Chief to La Plata with a couple who was unable to a training session early in May. Then, the following weekend (June 29-30, 2013), my wife will be teaming up with volunteer Bruce Schrimpf from Milwaukee to do another run out there. Things have gone really smoothly so far this season… and I chalk that up to our great volunteers and our wonderful sponsors at APRHF, Amtrak, and the National Park Service. One other side project I have been working is on is putting together a Power Point presentation about Trails & Rails, which I am hoping to use soon… to our local libraries along the route… and maybe some railroad history groups… to promote the program and APRHF. I am attaching a video that I made that is going to be part of the presentation that shows the highlights from our 6 training runs done in April and May 2013. A few pictures thrown in there are from my time doing Trails & Rails on the Empire Builder too!! Again, I hope you come and join us in the 3 remaining months we are doing Trails & Rails. We are on Train #3 from Chicago to La Plata every Thursday and Saturday — and on Train #4 from La Plata to Chicago every Friday and Sunday.
The Trails and Rails Project also made it on the KTVO news in Kirksville Missouri. Here is the link for that. http://www.heartlandconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=920559#.Ud-E40Hvus9