As the month of May speeds up to a fast
ending, I am both looking forward and backward. Soon it will be
June 11 and time to board a 6 AM flight from Los Angeles to
Albany, NY. The NRHS convention is being held in and around
Rutland, VT. Have been planing to attend since tickets went on
sale in October 2014 when I ordered mine to get the best seats,
especially in the dome cars. My first and only time with the
NRHS was with their 2013 September convention in Alaska. I
enjoyed my time and it was the first and will probably be only
time to go and see The Last Frontier. Having never been to New
England this too will be a trip of a life time.
fall at our monthly (4th Monday) of the Train Riders Meetup
Group in Fullerton, CA, we were discussing attending the Vermont
convention. Fellow members Chris Guenzler and Chris Parker and I
worked up our trip to see New England. One week in Vermont
turned into four weeks of train rides. Originally we started out
with five going together. It was going to be the two Chris' and
Bob and Elizabeth from the Seattle area and I. Both
Chris's and Elizabeth were with me on the trip to Alaska
and I enjoyed their company. The beginning plan was for us to
fly and meet in Albany on Thursday, the weekend before Sunday's
convention start. On Friday we are to take Metro North to
Manhattan then Chris G., Bob and Elizabeth were to ride commuter
rail in New Jersey. As I had no desire to ride in NJ and both
Chris P. and I had never been to Manhattan, we decided to sight
see and take a bus tour of the island.
Saturday we were to
walk over the Hudson, drive up to Kingston to ride trains in the
Catskill Mountains then proceed to Rutland, check into hotel and
start the convention on Sunday. The week after convention, the
five of us would spend time in New Hampshire, Maine, Boston and
Connecticut, ending back in Albany to fly home. Chris G. had
plotted a route to see, visit and ride scenic railways, diner
trains and a cog railroad. Bob and Elizabeth both are into
trolleys and street cars so there was some of that for them.
Well not so fast there
As the new year began and June seem so far in the distance, Bob
and Elizabeth decided that a trip to the East Coast was not
going to be in the cards for them at this time. Two down and
three left. OK, things will still work. Meanwhile Chris P. was
vacillating over making a commitment to attend. As he is self
employed, he can't always get away when he wants. So as of last
week Chris P. decided not to attend this year. He is
disappointed to miss but for sure wants to go to next year's,
2016. From five to two, Chris G. and I.
So that is how it is. Now buying tickets,
making sure we have hotel reservations and thinking about what
to pack. Decisions, decisions.
Stay tuned here for stories, tales and adventures
in New England.
Enjoy and thanks for reading
Robin Bowers email:
Historical Society: www.nrhs.com
Alaska Railroad approaching Anchorage Airport platform.
Los Angeles Union Station
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