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Chessie members and friends pose for a picture at the Culpeper, Virginia, depot

Chessie members and friends pose for a picture at the Culpeper, Virginia, depot shortly after stepping off Amtrak's outbound Cardinal from Washington, DC, on March 16, 2008, during the CRA's annual observance of Saint Patrick's Day. After enjoying lunch, dessert and coffee at several establishments in town, the group caught the inbound Cardinal back to Washington that evening. Ray Saunders photo.


ANNOUNCEMENT: The CRA regrets to announce that long-time member and CRA director Elmer Sichert passed away on February 8, 2014. With his jovial demeanor and an ever-present smile, Elmer was a dear friend to all and will be greatly missed. Mark Piotrowski snapped this picture of Elmer aboard our ex-Wabash 2827 caboose on September 16, 2007 during the Joint Annual CRA/WS Picnic in Walkersville, MD, as Elmer was taking a ride down the tracks.

Our March 16, 2014 Saint Patrick's Day Caboose Hop over both the northern and southern divisions of the Walkersville Southern Railroad was filmed by Big Jim Video Productions. The trip included multiple photo stops and photo runbys, and when it was over we visited Eunice's Restaurant at the corner of Route 15 North and Biggs Ford Road for lunch, followed by a dessert consisting of a cake with an image of our ex-Wabash 2827 caboose.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. in Room 213, Building SB (Welcome Center), at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, MD, featuring Alex Mayes' 2013 Year in Review, Part 2, a digital program covering the major railfan events he attended, plus some scenes of general railroading, during the second half of 2013. The program begins with the last week of a two-week trip to the UK, and includes scenes of regular service passenger and freight operations, and visits to several steam-powered Heritage Railroads. Also included are visits to several castles, Stonehenge, a cruise on Loch Ness, and a trip by rail to Paris via the Channel Tunnel. The program then continues with a chase of the DL&W-painted EMD F3s from Scranton to Delaware Water Gap, riding the Saratoga & North Creek Railway and the Adirondack Scenic, chasing the Steam Into History operation in York, PA, photographing Norfolk Southern's business train with F-units on the Northeast Corridor, riding Norfolk's light rail system The Tide, the NRHS convention in Alaska, and chasing ex-CNJ 0-6-0 No. 113 double-headed with Blue Mountain & Reading 4-6-2 No. 425.

FOLLOWING MEETING: Wednesday, December 3 at 8 p.m. in Room 213, Building SB (Welcome Center), at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, MD, presentation topic TBA.