2005 Pictures And Wrap Up
What's this? At breakfast Saturday morning, we all noticed Steve Long's pickup truck's bed is EMPTY! (Well sort of.) Must have clean it out in order to bring home all his purchases at the swap meet Sunday?
Saturday Morning Excursion
Your engineer, George I Carpenter III, aka Casey G3.
"You really traded your winning locomotive ride ticket Tim? Just to ride back here with me? I'm flattered." Society Members Tim Swan and Steve Long look contented and happy.
West Baden Tour (Need WB Pictures...If Anyone Will Share.)
Saturday Evening Dinner
The Monon 5 finishing their tribute to the Monon. "I suggest that next year the packet we receive contain ear plugs." -Warren Mitchell- (Post convention side note: Warren will soon be appointed the new Chairman of the Convention Musical Entertainment Committee.)
Right: Who said that bad deeds and humor never go un rewarded? President Frank Van Bree presents the First Annual National Spike Museum's Monon Man Of The Year Award to Webmaster Tom Kepshire and Acting Treasurer Max Foltz at the dinner. Now we know where some of the stuff from Steve's pick up went. No expense was spared. Are those smug looks, or what?
President Frank Van Bree introduces the Guest Speaker, Alfred Popp.
Left: After dinner, Alfred Popp entertains the guess with his experiences on the southern end section gangs of the Monon Railroad. He shared many stories of how well the tracks were maintained. He also provided some "behind the scenes" information on how things were really done back then. Cecil Smith from the Depot Museum in Salem provided several track tools similar to those that Alfred had used many times over the years.
Swap Meet & Clinics
Left: Dealers set up their wares, including the Company Store. Right: A fully stocked Company Store await shoppers.
Left and Right: Ron "Nine Joints" Marquardt conducts a clinic on Operating Rules, or the care a feeding of goats. Whatever one, we hear from those in attendance it was very informative and entertaining.
Annual Business Meeting
Right: Your humble Webmaster meets Pluto. He always wanted to thank the person behind many of his Frankie Monon pictures.
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