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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, January 7 at 8 p.m. in Room 213, Building SB (Welcome Center), at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, featuring Alex Mayes' 2014 Year in Review, Part 1, a digital program covering his railfanning exploits in 2014. The program begins with a trip to CSX's RF&P Sub following a snowstorm in January to photograph Metrorail, Amtrak and CSX trains, and then two days on snowy Sand Patch grade. The program then segues to a trip on the Auto Train to Florida, with scenes of Florida East Coast Railway and Tri-Rail commuter trains, and a side trip to Key West. Next is a two-week trip to North Carolina which includes chasing three North Carolina shortlines, CSX and NS mainline action, and three days at the Streamliners at Spencer event. The 2014 NRHS convention in Arkansas follows, with scenes of the Arkansas & Missouri's Alco fleet in action, and a chase of the Monett Turn with the A&M's new EMD SD70ACes. The program concludes with scenes of loading ex-Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 onto a flatcar at the B&O Museum for transport to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for extensive overhaul and return to service.

FOLLOWING MEETING: Wednesday, February 4 at 8 p.m. in Room 213, Building SB (Welcome Center), at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, featuring John Meise's presentation on local lines from the 1970s to the 1990s.