2005 Pictures And Wrap Up
Weller and Kevin Heggi hard at work relaxing on the porch at the hotel
Friday evening and caboose 81532 is looking good.
Ready to ride the rails once again with passengers from the MRHTS.
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
Saturday Morning Excursion
Your engineer, George I Carpenter III, aka Casey
What do you mean, REAL TRAINMEN DID NOT WEAR PINK HATS! Webmaster Tom Kepshire
poses with his newest hat.
Convention Chairman Tom Rankin and Co-Chairman (Who did 99%of the work)
Pam Kut, drawing
raffle tickets for the locomotive
and caboose seats.
Left: Member Tim Swan picks his own name. Hey, is that
President Frank Van Bree attempts to secure himself a caboose ride ticket.
Lucky Andrew enlisted a local guard dog
"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.
Gee, who said the elected officers don't get perks? President Van Bree
waves to his adoring fan. Time to get this train moving. I wonder if anyone
checked his winning ticket?
Right: Here we go, heading off for a day of excitement.
Additional Train Excursion Pictures
West Baden Tour (Need WB Pictures...If Anyone Will
We're off to West Baden! Maybe
Hey, nobody said my picture would be taken.
Why do we always seem to be waiting on Van Bree? He should have thought
Right: The gateway at the West Baden Springs, from inside the
Left: Tour participants looking down the roadway towards the
West Baden Springs Hotel.
Inside the West Baden. At one time considered the Eighth Wonder
Of The World. Great picture.
ASCE Plaque recognizing the West Baden Springs as a "Historic
Civil Engineering Landmark"
Right: Fireplace in dome
close detail of the statues inside the dome at West Baden. This building
will be completely restored and will once again play host to visitors to
Additional West Baden Pictures
Black Ops Committee Kevin Heggi discusses events and plans his next operation.
"Come on Max, think bigger. You , me and Kepshire together, beating
Frank in 2006 would be a lock. At least think about it."
"Nine Joints" Marquardt ponders what his next selection will be. Ronnie
Had A Little Goat was suggested, but he claims there is
no such song. People even tipped him.
The New "Monon 5" give their rendition of Up And
Down The Monon. They riveted the crowd with their rendition of the
song, or, maybe the crowd was looking at the deserts?
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.)
The performance was so good, Dan Seldin had to leave the room.
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
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.
After the dinner and guest speaker, Ken Weller entertained with his Power
Swap Meet & Clinics
Dealers set up their wares, including the Company Store. Right: A fully
stocked Company Store await shoppers.
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.
Lyle Key conducting a clinic on railroad photography.
Okay you guys, who hide my beer?
"Come on people, let's sing Happy Birthday to Jim Davis."
Well, another Convention down. Are you looking forward to 2006?
Your humble Webmaster meets Pluto. He always wanted to thank the person
many of his Frankie Monon pictures.
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