Summer Open House
July 12, 2008
Digital Photos by Pete Blaess
Greetings all,

Breaking with tradition, PRRH held its Summer Open House on a Saturday (instead of Sunday) this year to coincide with the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society annual meeting which was once again held in Phillipsburg.

A misprint in one of the large Railroad Publications listed our opening time as 10 am instead of the scheduled noon opening. Not wanting to disappoint any patrons that might have come prior to noon it was decided to open at 10 am. Many of our usual visitors who are use to us being open at 10 am did show up in that early time frame. There was a steady stream of guests until early afternoon when the heat of the day discouraged all but the brave or insane to venture out.To steal a line from a Noel Coward song, "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun."

At 2:52 a young couple and their 2 children (who never miss an open house) came
once again to visit. It's amazing the number of people that are so interested in
what we do!

The work on the library room is done. If you know what this area looked like 3
months ago you would think an alchemist came through and turned dirt into gold.
Next shelving will have to be constructed for the books and other publications to
be stored here.

This CP train came through at 3:10. There was a lot of horsepower for a train that
was only about 20 cars long.

Things slowed down again at about 5 pm until the main body of the Susquehanna
group arrived. The Chief Engineer for that group walked over in advance of the
shuttle bus. He and Glenn Terminelli had met each other at the Quarry where Glenn
works. The Susquehanna Steam Engine is also stored in the quarry. They discussed
how the 1503 was built and he was in awe of the detail Henry Becker built into
this engine. There wasn't a single compartment or orifice on the engine that
wasn't explored.

The sun was getting low in the sky and showering us with that "sweet light" you
get around sunrise and sunset.
7:13 pm, the shuttle bus finally arrived.

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