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This month’s program

Our program for April is about Operation Lifesaver
and other activities of Norfolk Southern in WNC.

A report on our Train Show

The Train Show went well, and the officers wish to thank all who worked so hard and well to make it successful. Nearly 800 people attended and while the volume of traffic was off a bit, the profit for the club increased. Chuck Heynen from Clinton, SC was the big winner of the raffle on the bridge. The best part of this winner is that he was the one that offered $100.00 to any winner that did not have use for it. He plans on building another layout around the bridge. The second prize winner (a gift certificate to Carrabbas Italian Grill, donated by Andrew Huska) was Patty O’Sullivan of Asheville. Hopefully this will be a regular addition for the show. Thanks to John Cox for suggesting the raffle. If anyone has a good idea for a raffle for our next show, please drop let Fred Coleman know by e-mail or phone call.

Needed: Good used cars!

Penn Bullock is looking for a few good cars to add to the module layout put. Flat cars, gondolas and box cars (both 40 and 50 foot for all of these) and hoppers are desired. If you have a couple of cars in good condition, please donate them to Penn. Penn could also use some help in maintaining the module layout. These sessions are usually on Tuesday afternoons. Get in touch with Penn if interested at 253-9643.

Operating sessions

And speaking of the Club’s layout and having fun, don’t forget the regular operating sessions of the club’s layout. We have settled on the 2nd Saturday (1pm - 3pm) and the 4th Sunday (2pm - 4pm) for our operating sessions. So that means that this month, we will operate on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April 22. For questions or comments concerning these sessions, please contact Wally Brown or call 683-1976

Good and welfare

Tim Wagner’s mother passed away peacefully recently at the age of 97. Please remember Tim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

From the Greenville Chapter, NHRS

The Greenville chapter of the NRHS is hosting the April NRHS Board of Directors meeting from Thursday, April 19th to Sunday, April 22nd. Friday and Saturday will be devoted to railfan activities, and are open to everyone. Friday's activities include a bus trip to the Greenwood Train Museum, which is said to have some interesting stuff but is seldom open at convenient times. From there the tour will go to the South Carolina Railroad Museum, with lunch at the museum. Cost is $70, with the bus leaving from the Greenville Hyatt. An alternative activity on Friday, unlikely to appeal to anyone in Asheville or Hendersonville, is a bus from Greenville to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railway.

Saturday's activity includes open house at Republic Locomotive Works in Greenville. Republic produces small, 70 ton, 2 axle switching locomotives. They are remote controlled and variable frequency AC driven, using commercial components. There is also mention of the local NRMA group having a train show at the Hyatt, and clinics and layout visits, but no details, or even verification of anything except the train show. Saturday night is a banquet at the Hyatt, $36 to $40, with Roger Grant, RR author as a guest speaker.

For more information, check Greenville Chapter web site and click on the "NRHS spring directors meeting" heading at the top of the page.