July 2006 Presidentís Report
By Ira Pollack
††††††††††† This month I'd like to talk about some of the things that have been going on at the Museum. By this time you probably know that the Little Engine That Could event has come and gone. It was a very big effort and commitment for our Museum and volunteers. We anticipated much greater attendance for this new event held by the Museum. There were many added attractions in addition to the Little Engine That Could itself. One significant problem was the weather; rain for three of the four days, and record heat the fourth. The people that did show up I'm sure had a very good time, and there were lots of smiling faces. Another positive was the way our volunteers pulled together and made the event a success despite all the other problems. Our volunteers who attended and ran the event acted very professionally and were able to route our visitors through the facilities smoothly. This kind of an event has a lot of uncertainties and we never really know if we'll do well or not, but I still feel very confident in our volunteers in whatever venture we might undertake. In the future we will have to look at this particular event closer and see if it's worthwhile to be involved at all. I'm sure many of our volunteers are relieved that we got through this in one shape or form or another, but the bottom line for me is that we pulled together as a team and focused on one goal.
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news, in reality this time, I think, the 44-ton center-cab yard-switcher
locomotives have arrived from Electric Boat in
††††††††††† For your information one of the locomotives is an ex-New Haven #0814 built in 1945; the other is an ex-Union Pacific (1947), actually the smallest that the Union Pacific ever had. What remains now is for our mechanical staff to give these engines the once-over, but I must also add that we did receive these locomotives in running order. I'm very pleased with the result of this long and arduous project, and feel that these two locomotives will serve the Museum for many years to come. I will keep you updated as to the progress of our newly acquired equipment.