APRHF on the Road!!!

So far 2019 has seen a bunch of behind the scenes work on the Lookout Point Park project, land maintenance and fundraising. It was really nice to have a couple of out of town events to get away from the day to day grind of doing all this work.

The first trip was also the first of its kind. It was the Virtual Railfan Whistle Stop Tour. Many members of the VR operating team, moderators, Amy and I joined them in Chicago for the kickoff of this event. All of us congregated in our corner of the Pennsylvania room. We all had a great time going over the viewership numbers and talking about future plans. Amy and I shared with them about the memberships that have came from the viewers and also presented the Lookout Point Park rendering. We also all had a nice time leisurely touring Chicago up to the time we met at Union Station for the above meeting and preparations to kick off the Whistle Stop Tour.

This is a view from the River Taxi as it pulls into Navy Pier the evening before the Whistle Stop tour began.
Another fun thing that we have always wanted to do is ride the loop. We had a fun time and the motorman was very nice. He said, “hope you all got some good photos and to enjoy our visit in Chicago”

Business as usual on the Metra as we headed over to get ready to board Amtrak #3
A good looking NYC private car was in the coach yard. It is always neat to see what is here when you roll by on #3.

The bridges in Chicago are also a work of art in their own way. These bridges were all built by American Bridge Company.

Amy and I got off the train in LaPlata. It was the fastest five hours of our lives. A super good time was had by all of us. There was 10 of us who started the trip. Many others joined en-route. It was a great time. Can’t wait until next years tour.

Right after we got home from the whistle stop tour. It was time to get ready for our annual visit to Monticello Railroad Days. This event put us back home in the town of Monticello. We had the APRHF Model Ambassador and the Lookout Point Park rendering with us. Diesels and steam engines were operating outside and many happy people came in to see the layouts. Of course Amy and I got to go out and have a little fun also. A photo is worth a thousand words. So lets go see some scenes from the weekend.

This F unit is original Wabash. It was waiting under the Ex Wabash ROW while another train was leaving town.
Canadian National MLW FA poses under the ex Wabash ROW in Monticello as it waits for the train ahead of it to leave.

The Illinois Central cars that the museum owns are gorgeous. The flowers at the station also add to the beauty.

Inside the Wabash building behind the Monticello Station was the APRHF Model Ambassador and JR’s Junction (not pictured) We sceniced the layout, ran trains and visited with the guests that came in.

The “Lookout Point Park” information center was well received. We raised over a $100.00 towards the project.
The train yard on the layout was full and ready to go on Sunday morning.
Southern 401 is getting ready for its day of operations. This engine was restored a few years ago. It is beautiful.

Number 401 is getting ready to roll out of Monticello on Sunday afternoon.
APRHF Treasurer Amy got her cab ride on Sunday morning. I think she enjoyed it. 🙂
A wave from “Conductor Amy”

Monticello Railroad Days is always a joy to attend and represent the APRHF. We are thankful for the continual invite to come and participate in their invent.

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