Text and photos by Robin Bowers
After many months of looking at maps, train
schedules and various tour books, the end has come.
Stop !! Put the pencil down, raise your hands. Grading
will now begin with final grade to be received in 27 days.
In the wee hours of the new day, I have my first check
point. In the stillness and quietness of the dark sky, I
waited for my ride to LAX. At 3:40AM, I boarded and joined
four others for the shuttle ride to the airport. By 3:45 AM
we were on the I-405 heading north. Around 4:20 AM I was
dropped off at Southwest Airlines. There was a large crowd
queued up to check luggage and pick up tickets. Time spent
here was nearly 45 minutes-curb to counter.
So add plenty of time to your schedule, even at 5:00AM.
Going through security was somewhat smooth and I was glad I
did not need to remove my boots. I then found my way to the
departure gate waiting area and met up with Chris Guenzler.
He and I are going to be each others shadow for the next 21
Back in November, 2014, there were five of us with serious
interest in going to the National Railroad Historical
Society (NRHS) 2015 Convention in Rutland, Vermont starting
June 14 - June 21. Elizabeth and Bob A., a couple in the
Seattle area, Chris P. of San Pedro, Chris G. of Santa Ana
As time moved on there were only two of us
Today Chris and I will fly to Albany NY with a change of planes
at Midway. In Albany we will rent a car till Sunday 6/28. Today
we will head to and overnight in Dove Plains, NY Tomorrow drive
to Wassaic,NY for a Metro-North train ride to Manhattan and back
and spend the day exploring the Big Apple.
Saturday we will walk over the Hudson and ride trains in the
Catskills ending in Rutland to start the convention on Sunday
After a short wait the boarding for flight 591 began. We have
"Lift Off" on time at 06:10 AM.
Snow on Rockies Top
We landed in Chicago Midway close to 30 minutes early after an
uneventful flight. While waiting for the next flight, I went to
McDonald's for the meal deal. I made my way to the departure
gate waiting area, sat by Chris and ate my lunch before we
boarded out next flight. Flight 4733 for Albany departed on time
at 01:35 PM.
We proceeded to baggage claim where I discover that the
extension handle had a crimp in it making is somewhat
nonfunctional. The passengers sat on the plane watching
unloading of the cargo. The ramp personnel were throwing big
flat screen TVs on to the cart. We expected to have damaged
luggage and boy we weren't disappointed.
Then we had an interminable wait at the Hertz counter. All the
other shops were lacking in customers. Ever passenger on our
flight that was renting a car was at the Hertz counter. Some 90
minutes after landing, we picked up our car, a Toyota Prius.
This hybrid was a great ride and a nice car with a mileage
computer to keep us entertained throughout the trip.
Leaving the airport we headed to I-87 south to I-90 east and
then skirted downtown Albany. I spotted the state capital
building which was the first of several capitals I will visit on
this adventure in New England. We continued on I-90 then NY
State Thruway to our first venue.
After leaving the big highways we started our journey on country
roads. It wasn't long before we had our first loco shoot.
Little Kenny manufactured by Plymouth
Next we arrived at our first venue the charming community
of Chatham, NY.
After leaving Chatham we head for NY 22 going south to Dover
Plains, our rest stop for the next two nights.
Before we arrived at the hotel, we stopped at Wassaic, NY. This
is north end for Metro-North and their train yard. Oh Boy, we
get to take more pictures.
Tomorrow, we will return bright and early for a ride to
Ten minutes more on NY 22 south, we arrived at our motel.
3234 Route 22
Dover Plains, NY 12522
After checking into the motel we were informed that the
restaurant across the street closes at 8 PM. Since it was after
8 PM we drove a short block to the Subway store. I had a 12"
meatball sub, fountain drink and 2 cookies.
After dinner it was time to repack and get organize for
tomorrow. I wanted to keep the backpack as light as possible but
take what was needed.
Tomorrow is going to be a really BIG show. First ride on
Metro-North to and from Manhattan, riding the subway and a day
of exploring the Big Apple.