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On Saturday night at 6:00pm sharp join your friends and other convention attendees in the Triangle Ballroom for our annual Banquet. Details are below, including the menu. Immediately following the banquet will be our featured speaker, Steve Barry, Editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine. More information about Steve is below.

Following the Banquet and Speaker will be the Awards Presentation, which will be followed by the Auction.

Two new Master Model Railroaders will receive their awards at the Banquet.


Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 6:00pm
Triangle Ballroom

The Rails to Raleigh Banquet is scheduled for 6:00pm sharp on Saturday, October 29, 2005 in the Triangle Ballroom at the hotel, in the form of a dinner buffet. Following is the planned menu:

Mixed Garden Green's with Chef's Dressing

Salad Selections: Caesar, Fruit, Pasta

Dinner Entree Selections: Sliced London Broil with Mushroom Sauce, Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce

Chef's Selection of Seasonal Vegetables and Appropriate Starch

Dessert Display

Ice Water, Tea, Coffee

The price for the Banquet is $40.00 per person. You may sign up for the Banquet using the Registration Form.

Dress: Casual

Seating Arrangements Seating at the Banquet will be on a semi-reserved basis. There will be sign-up sheets at the registration desk at the convention whereby those attendees wishing to sit together at the Banquet can reserve space at a table. Such requests will be accommodated based on available space and table configuration. Attendees not reserving space will be accommodated at tables with available space at the time of the Banquet.

Program Following dinner there will be recognition of the MMRs present at the Convention plus presention of certificates to two new MMRs. There will be a short presention about Independence Junction 2006, the 2006 NMRA National Convention. Contest awards will be presented.


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On the Road Again — Railroads of the Northeast in the 1980's

Steve Barry
Managing Editor
Railfan & Railroad

Steve Barry has had a life-long interest in trains starting as a child growing up in southern New Jersey. Summer evenings were spent with his father Ernie watching the commuter trains coming into his hometown of Millville from the Philadelphia suburb of Camden. Weekends were spent on day trips to the Strasburg Rail Road or riding the Reading's legendary Iron Horse Rambles.

After graduating from Rutgers University in 1979, Steve started his full-time railfanning (at least on vacations and weekends) by attending that year's NRHS Convention in Washington, D.C. Since then he has attended every NRHS gathering, including this year's in Salt Lake City. He later became the National Director for the NRHS Wilmington, Delaware, Chapter and the NRHS Eastern Region Vice President.

Steve has been a contributor to the rail hobby press for about 15 years, starting with an article in Rail Classics in 1983. In 1986 he submitted his first article to Railpace, which began a long and productive relationship with the regional news magazine. In 1993 he started writing the Creative Camera column on a semi-regular basis.

In 1996 Steve left his vocation of 16 years, accounting, to start a new career in the rail magazine industry by joining the staff of Railfan & Railroad as associate editor. He'll shoot anything on rails from Conrail's latest power to streetcars to tourist steam. He estimates that he has taken about 80,000 slides in 17 years of photography. When not shooting or writing, he can be found in front of the television watching any version of Star Trek or NFL football. He also has a large collection of country music from the 1970s to the present, including 350 CDs and 1200 vinyl albums.

Steve lives in Newton with his wife Genie and the 10 "kids" (five dogs and five cats). Genie enjoys riding trains and reads Railfan cover to cover every month.

Bio & photo courtesy Railfan & Railroad.


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