Official 2008 Convention Wrap-Up
Another one bites the dust. A big "thank you' to all who attended this year's convention. A splendid time was had by all. Additional photos and stories to be added soon. A special thanks to Joseph Novosel Jr. for providing the Live Pictures during the weekend.
***** Banquet Photos*****
New Unionville & Western Railroad
(aka Pete's Playland.)
Tom Kepshire Photographs
Left: Panoramic view of some Monon rolling stock. Oh yes, and a Pluto car. Right: Joe Land and wife check out the yard and the Monon consist that waits for motive power.
Left and Right: Van Bree's favorite car.
Left: Monon steam power getting ready at the roundhouse. Right: Mike Albert checks out a string of hopper cars. He was the first to nit pick about rivets or something like that.
Left: Dead Eye Steve Stafford arrives at Pete's. He heard Heggi was expected, so he had the Hovercraft locked down tight. Right: Pete Pedigo gets ready to move out some clean motive power in anticipation of the group's arrival.
Left: Pluto Water car, Monon Box car 1 and caboose await motive power. Right: Society members arrive.
Justin Asbery Photographs ADDED 10-12-2008
Left: Steam locomotive 561 passes with a freight. Right: Another group pulling out of the station.
Tour guide telling the history of the quarry and general instructions..
Joe Land Photographs
Left: Pete communicates with all the trains prior to the arrival of the tour. Right: Pete explains the history of his empire and gives instructions.
Left: "Okay, if we are all clear on how we operate, lets have some people get on board." Right: One of the freights pass in review.
Left: Cameras click off picture after picture as the train passes. Right: Pete's railroad is just like a real railroad. Passenger trains take the hole and wait for freights.
Left: A Monon steam powered freight passes in review. That is real limestone in the gons people. Right: The guest are thrilled as the Monon freight passes.
Left: A Nickel Plate ballast train passes. Right: Short coal drag also.
Stew Winstandley Photographs Added 10-11-2008
Left: 1/8 scale model of Coach #43, Louisville, New Albany and Chicago. Right: Eric Powell, Bob Wheeler and El President get ready to depart.
Eric Powell Photographs ADDED 10-15-2008
Tim Swan Photographs Added 10-10-2008
Left: Dispatcher Pedigo gives orders to a passenger train ready to move. Right: Louisville, New Albany and Chicago coach. Great work.
Left: Taking the siding for the passenger train. Right: "So that is where you keep the refreshments. How clever."
Yep, just what every model railroader needs, a 1/8th scale boxcar cooler.
Former Monon workers pose with the memorial.
A rock cutting thingie in the quarry. (Any know the official name?)
David Longest Photographs
Equipment in the Elliott Stone underground quarry.
Kam Miller Photographs NEW PHOTOS ADDED 10-15-2008
Left: "A vote for me means beer in every fridge. Heil Van Bree." Right: Construction progress on the new walking train on the former Monon right of way.
Left: Construction progress on the new walking train on the former Monon right of way. Right: End of the line.
Left: Touring the underground quarry at Elliott Stone. Right: Finished products.
Left and Right: Outside the quarry.
Left: Outside the quarry. Right: Inside, looking at work in progress.
Kevin Heggi Photographs
Left: Wow, a refer that doubles as a cooler. What will they think of next. Right: Inside the earth at Elliott.
Left and Right: Inside the earth at Elliott.
Left and Right: More pictures from inside Elliott.
Jim Davis Photographs
Left: "My fellow Americans....." President Van Bree always ready to deliver a speech. Right: Society members gather Saturday morning for the dedication of the Bloomington Monon Memorial.
Left: "Okay, who left this tarp here? Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen, I declare this bridge open." George Carpenter unveils the memorial. Right: Tom Rankin returns George's wallet after the official dedication.
Left: Former Monon employees in attendance pose with the memorial. Right" The crowd awaits the free beer that Van Bree promised.
Left: The group is addressed at the Federal Cut Stone Company. Right: "Welcome to our little mill. Hope you enjoy the tour."
Left: "Okay, can Kevin Heggi please step forward. We have been already briefed about you. Come on now, step forward." Right: Stone slabs at the mill await the next step.
Left: Finished slabs wait. Right: Their pet hawk.
Left: Radial saw makes short work of cutting the slab. Right: Nice statue. I wonder what a Frankie Monon would cost?
Left: An employee works on a piece. Right: "Okay, that about does it. Okay guys, you can take the shackles off Mr. Heggi."
Geoff Burns Photographs
Left: George Carpenter explains it all. Right: Ron Marquardt spinning some Monon stories.
Left: Frank about to speak to the crowd. Right: The entrance to the Elliott underground quarry.
Right: The unveiling of the memorial. Right: Inside the quarry.
Right: "This place is BIG." Another shot inside the quarry. Right: After hearing about Heggi's reputation, the finishing mill hired a hawk to watch Heggi, like a hawk.
***** Joseph Novosel's Convention Pictures*****
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