About 3 dozen people showed up, from all corners of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, and Michigan! We began the day at 10am and served plenty of hotdogs, hamburgers, various side dishes, chips, cakes, and even Conrail cookies!
Freight action was fairly good, a few slow moments, but overall steady, with plenty of foreign power, countless Blue locomotives, and even a handfull of solid Blue lashups!
At 7pm we called to order our first membership meeting. We began with a brief history of the CRHS, followed by an overall look at our membership base. We then discussed the publications we have released, including costs and the general opinion of those in attendance about the quality of the publication. We reviewed the events we have participated in thus far, followed by an in-depth look at our finances. We concluded the meeting with comments and suggestions.
At 8:30pm JB presented a spectacular slide show which included various locations on the CR system from the very beginning through the early years of Conrail and on into the 90's. Based on the following comments, I'd say everyone enjoyed themselves!
I would like to thank April, Kris and JB for the wonderful time had by all at yesterday's outting. I for one enjoyed the day and the train action was almost non-stop. I would also like to thank a certain ex-Con for arranging a little brush and tree removal at "Overview" :-)LOL. Again a big THANK YOU to my hosts yesterday! BTW, when can we do this again??????????????? John Durant
Yesterday, myself and several other Conrail fans attended the first get-together of the new CRHS. It was a pretty slow day on the Pittsburgh Line, but we saw plenty of blue, plenty of foreign power, and a good bit of coal and hopper trains. Most of the day was spent just hanging out and BS-ing and watching trains as they passed by. JB and Kris cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, which were great. Once it started getting late, we held a meeting and discussed the past and future of the organization. JB then put on an impressive slide show of mostly 70's and 80's Conrail stuff. That's about it. Great work guys. Thanks to Kris & April for the hospitality and JB for the food and slide show. Lance Myers
Thank you for the picnic. You, April and JB have done a great job not only for the food but getting that oil company to let us use their property for us to watch and take pictures of trains going by. I have yet again broke a new record in my life in how many trains I can see in a 24 hour time period. That day I broke that record by one train which brings me up to 16 in a day. Matthew Sebastionelli
I sure had fun! Was great to meet everyone in person that I've been talking to on this board for the past couple years. Scott Arentzen
I, will have to agree on the good time. Kris, Thank You, I have some great pictures! We had great food and the company was wonderful. Gary Van Der Starre
The CRHS rail-b-que was a lot of fun, good food and hospitality by Kris, April and all who made it possible. The slide show was great, along with the railfanning in his yard. From 3pm, to 10:45 pm, a total of 19 trains passed us! Thanks, Kris we all had a blast, and if you have another one in the fall, like you mentioned, we will be there. If anyone has not joined yet, join now!!! Matt Arentzen