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Lakeshore Live Steamers News - 2003

archived on April 21, 2004

05-16-2003 Working the Work Sessions

05-04-2003 Warm Temperatures and Blue Skys

04-13-2003 First Public Run for 2003 -Earth Day

04-02-2003 The 2003 season kicked off

 

The 2003 season kicked off

(Glen, Meadow & Orchard Railroad - Wednesday, April 2, 2003) on April 2 with a work session to sweep away "ol man winter". And we do mean old! One of the longest winters on history has finally come to an end. The snow is gone but the cold remains, and we have dressed warm to keep the chill off. Duties of the first work session, included: blow the leaves off the track, add ballast were the track looks a little soft. The Track was found to be in excellent shape after being buried in many feet of snow and the freezing and thawing that we experienced earlier in the spring. Everything is not "dusted" off. We now wait for the first public run "EARTH DAY" [return to top]

 

First Public Run for 2003 -Earth Day

(Glen, Meadow & Orchard Railroad - Sunday, April 13, 2003) - Earth Day. Over 600 people braved the cold weather to ride the trains on Earth Day. The temperature was in the 50's all day... very chilly! Everyone added layers of clothing to keep warm and asked "will this cold ever go away?" In order to insure that everything ran smoothly, we decided not to run the full track for this public run. The newer track remain 'soft' and unsteady. The circuit of track that was used: leave station - past the yards - to the diamond - across the diamond to patty's rock bridge - to horrendous - to zip junction - to caravel - to the orchard - returning to the station. Even though there length of the run was shortened, everyone still had lots of fun. Many people got multiple rides. [return to top]

 

Warm Temperatures and Blue Skys

(Glen, Meadow & Orchard Railroad - Sunday, May 4, 2003) - Over 700 people received rides on a beautiful day in Kirtland, Ohio. For most of the members of the Lakeshore Live Steamers, this was the real first public run for 2003. The shortened run of April 13 (earth day) just was too cold. The following owners with their steam engines were present: Roger H. Karl L, Skip F, and Chet . Many diesels and electrics were also present.  [return to top]

 

Working the Work Sessions

(Glen, Meadow & Orchard Railroad - Wednesday, May 14 2003) - Work sessions have been moving along with lots of new stuff being added, like switches and steel rail.  Unfortunately the recent rains have played havoc with several areas in our domain requiring some cleaning up.  The wonderful part about our weather here in Northern Ohio is that so far every Wednesday the sun has come out and we have been productive. This Wednesday the main-line was joined to the original multi-guage track to make a "Station By-Pass" track. This has been in the works for a couple years and now is reality. Other work presently in process or almost completed includes: the new turntable by the transfer table / unloading area, clearing the "right of way" for the continuation of "Short Line Branch" through the woods, and an additional switch building fixture for building yard switches. Watch our photo archive for pictures of these projects.  [return to top]

 

 


Club News
Summer 2002

archived on March 28, 2003

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09-17-2002- A Tribute to Louis Ahlin (June 1, 1920 - September 17, 2002)

08-14-2002- Clean Up - Fix Up at Clyde's Track

08-11-2002- The Day After The Night Out

08-10-2002- Star Fest 2002

08-10-2002- Late Summer Ramble to Michigan

08-03-2002- "Sandy" Jenkins Memorial

07-14-2002- Everything Trains! First Annual?

06-23-2002- Lazy - Hot Day at the Glen

06-23-2002- Why do we build a Wye?

06-16-2002- 2002 Open Meet is mostly wet and wild

04-19-2002- Cold but Dry

04-05-2002- Birds and Trains enjoy a Beautiful Day

05-03-2002- Del Donahue visit with Members of Lake Shore Live Steamers

04-21-2002- First Public Run is Cool

04-20-2002- April Business Meeting

04-11-2002- Spring Cleaning for the Web

04-10-2002- Work Sessions Start

04-01-2002- No Foolin'

01-22-2002- In Memory of Joseph Chervan

01-22-2002- January Business Meeting

11-06-2001- Club News Archives Created

 

 

A Tribute to Louis Ahlin (June 1, 1920 - September 17, 2002)

A Man starts out in life with many God given talents,
And uses most of them successfully.
In his daily work place he finds use for them
And has many laurels bestowed on him.

A loving family is given him, and he dearly cherishes it.
Some men find sport their forte and excel.
But that is not for all!
Lou found railroading and its enticing a flare,
Thus a start of a hobby that grew and grew.

Along with this devotion came many kindred souls
And their diverse interests.
I recall a wooden model of a train set, and grandchildren to enjoy this.
I believe this led to further challenges, love and devotees
Of railroading on a small scale.

A club was founded by a Mr. Blackman
and soon found a following.
Which grew and grew to 150 members.
Lou as he was known, led this hobby.

A location was found and permission to establish a lay out
For all to pursue and enjoy
Thus grew the Lake Shore Live Steamers
and Hobbyist from far and near to play Choo, Choo.

Much of this can be attributed to Lou Ahlin and his pursuits.
Some men are easily to befriend
And I and many will attest to this statement.

There will be a large hollow left behind
And this can be said often and with
A deep, deep bit of heart felt devotion
To one of us we loved dearly. R.I.P.

By Ray Tomorowitz

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Clean Up - Fix Up at Clyde's Track

Mentor, Ohio (August 14, 2002) Many club members turned out for a special Wednesday work session at Clyde Bleil's track in Mentor, Ohio. Clyde, one of the Charter members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers was a gracious host to all. Some of the work that was performed by the members was: replaced rotten or missing ties on the entire track, check gauge and level track, ballast track as required, pull weeds and undesirables from near tracks, and repair switches as required. A good meal of pizza, Jell-O, salad, fruit salad and pie was provided by Robbi H. The work session started around 3pm and lasted until dark. The rain attempted to dampen our spirits, but was unsuccessful. Most members experience a heavy downpour on the way to the work session, but there was only brief showers during the work session. Everyone had a wonderful time and Clyde's track is ready for this Saturday's club run. Clyde will be our host. Thanks to everyone that showed up and lent a hand.

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The Day After The Night Out

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (August 11, 2002) Many sleepy eyed members brought their energy back to the GM&O RR after a late night of trains the night before. And 631 rides were given to the public that eagerly awaited the ride through the woods. The highlight of the day was the first appearance of Rex S's new locomotive. Rex was all smiles with his new toy! More about that in a future article. Other engines that were operating were; (steam) Skip's 2-4-0 American, Roger's Pacific, Dick M's 0-4-0 Camel Back, (diesel, i.e., gas powered) Tom P, Rex S, Dick C, Judson E, Don S (2x), Dave S, Ted's interurban and (electric) Rex S. There was no special event at the park, so those (public) that wait in line were rewarded with many repeat rides. The line was only 40 feet long at its longest. Another highlight of the day was Skip's American trying to fly! After leaving the track ( a rare rare occurrence for this locomotive, it landed sideways (perpendicular) to the track and off the rail completely. Four muscular giants were called upon to put the loco back on the track. No damage was made to the engine or those riding. Skip was big eyed and somewhat concerned, but after a couple of laps around the track, he was his usual chipper self. As is typical of such an event, a full investigation of the derailing will be done to see if corrective actions are required. Otherwise, the weather was beautiful with clear skies and a temperature around 75 degrees. After rubbing our eyes from lack of sleep, we all agreed "A great day for running trains!"

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Star Fest 2002

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (August 10, 2002) The dark night enveloped the Penitentiary Glen Reservation as amateur astronomers from the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society erected their telescopes to view the skies. And the members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers fueled and fired their locomotives to run under a beautiful clear sky for "Star Fest 2002". An annual event for the Lake County Park System, this years gathering was again a "good night under the stars". A total of about 10 locomotives (steam and diesel) were on hand to give rides to the select public (~400) that came out to view the stars, planets, and such. Those locomotives present were: (steam) Skip's 2-4-0 American, Roger's Pacific, Karl's Hudson, Dick M's 0-4-0 Camel Back, (diesel, i.e., gas powered) Tom P, Rex S, Dick C, Judson E, Don S (2x), and Dave S. The ride in the darken woods of the GM&O RR always is a thrilling change to the normal daytime runs. Shadows turn into skunks and raccoons. Oo's and Ah's turn into silence and awe of the darkness of the night. Only the headlight of the locomotive is visible ahead and the red blinking of the light on the rear car of each train. A truly awesome site. The stars twinkling in the sky and the trains twinkling in the woods... Everyone agreed, the "Star Fest" is a special time for running trains. After the trains stopped running (about 11:30pm) many of the members of the LSLS joined the members of the CVAS (Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society) for a look into the heavens. This author had an opportunity to see the planet Uranus for the first time. Although an amateur astronomer of sorts for some time, I've never had the opportunity to be at the right place with the right telescope and the right amateur astronomer to see a planet past Jupiter or Saturn. Thanks to whoever you were that shared that unique site to a starving amateur astronomer. Several meteors were spotted, since the maxima of the Perseids Meteor shower occurs on August 12 here in NE Ohio. Other observations of interest (they all are) were M2, Andromeda, and the  Dumb-bell. After a rich night of fun under the sky the members of both clubs stumbled to their respective cars and drove quietly home. A great night of fun for all! Yawwwwn! It's time for bed!!! Good Night!

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Late Summer Ramble to Michigan

Michigan (August 10, 2002) Karl and Kathy Losely, Edith Hacker and Dick Clark, Marcel Uhrich, Jon Jaros, Rex and Kitty Shriver were among the clubs members who participated in the LSLS Ramble to Michigan.  Starting on August 2nd we traveled to Metamora, Michigan to run at Bill Hays' & Ken Stemen's tracks.  The weather and hospitality were fantastic.  Others from the area joined in the fun while we were there.  Harry and Annie Haas from Tehachapi, California were in the town, so Bill Hays invited them to camp at his place and run with us.

Both these tracks are a "point to point" railroads with excellent signal systems.  The round houses and turn table at Hays are a must see operation. New steaming bays at the Michigan Central Rail Road were in the process of construction while we were there.  There is always something new going on here.

We left Metamora on Tuesday morning and headed west to Russ Eldred's track in Cedar Springs, Michigan.  Harry and Annie Haas decided to come along with us.  We made some stops on the way there. 

First was the Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village in Flint. After a tour of the back shop we wandered around the village and watched the steam powered saw mill in operation and the cider mill.  Dick and Edith road the train, but others didn't care to do so, since the steam engine wasn't in service that day. The village also has a paddle wheel river boat, but we didn't stop to ride her.  All enjoyed watching the 1910 Parker Carousel going around.  It is part of a small children's park that also has a ferris wheel and venetian swing.

About a 25 minutes trip north of Flint we visited the Junction Valley Railroad in Bridgeport, Michigan (5 miles west of Frankenmuth)   This is billed as "The Largest Quarter-Size Railroad in the World".  It boasts having:  the only diamond crossing trestle in the world, complete blocking
and crossing signal system, 5 track switch yard, over 30 buildings and stations, 16 railroad bridges and 5 highway bridges to mention a few.  We made use of their picnic area by having our lunch there.

We pulled into Russ's White Creek Railroad in Cedar Springs around 7 PM. Unloading was made easy as there are several steaming bays with a transfer table and pull though for easy access.   Russ was on hand to greet us and show us what to do. This railroad is also a "point to point" track, going around 2 lakes, over many bridges with many interesting grades.  One grade
of 6 per cent was a challenge for  those with the power.

Mike and Marc Uhrich joined us having flown to Grand Rapids.  With the track pretty much to ourselves we enjoyed long rides and picnicking at an area set aside for just that purpose with picnic tables.  Friday, we helped set out rolling stock for a card order session for a group that was running on the track on Saturday.  Friday night we loaded up and after a good nights
sleep headed for Ohio on Saturday morning and back to our track as we had to help with the Stargazer's Run that night and the public run on Sunday.

A great time was had by all.                            Submitted by Kitty Shriver

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"Sandy" Jenkins Memorial

Olmsted Township, Ohio (August 3, 2002) Sanford L. "Sandy" Jenkins, 61 passed away on August 3, 2002, at Hospice Renaissance in Olmsted Township, Ohio. He was a lifetime member of the Parma Radio Club, a member of Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers and Lake Shore Live Steamers, former member of various model train and airplane clubs, the Sandusky Sailing Club and Parma South Presbyterian Church. He also enjoyed roller skating at rinks throughout Northeast Ohio.

Mr. Jenkins was employed by the City of Cleveland Public Schools for 20 years, retiring in the early 1980's. Prior to that, he worked at WVIZ TV Channel 25 and Cleveland Electrical Repair & Construction Company.

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Everything Trains! First Annual?

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (July 14, 2002) On Sunday July 14, the weather was beautiful and we had good turnout of engines.  We even got Chet R to smile when it was all over.  He did a fantastic job on his engine and this was his first time to haul the public. Way to go Chet. Our first Railroad Memorabilia (Everything Trains!) show in the auditorium at the Penitentiary Glen Center was a grand success, thanks to Vice President, Bret K who came up with idea and organized it.  Thanks also to all who participated in it.  Ken V's train layout was a huge hit with the little ones.  Rex, dressed up in a conductor's uniform, and was a popular person with the picture taking crowd. There is talk about doing it again next year but for a longer period of time. 626 rides were given to the public. Bret's Steam Calliope was sounding off for the first time this year.

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Lazy - Hot Day at the Glen

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (June 23, 2002) Hot and Humid greeted the members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers and the public that came out to the park to ride the trains. Not on steam engine was present on this very unusual day. The diesel and electric's that did show had a wonderful fun time in the woods. Engineers included: Dick C, Dave S, Ken V, Ted, and George.  Other members watched from the shade as the line for the public wanting rides was very short. This allowed many of the younger riders to get many "turns" with the trains.

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Why do we build a Wye?

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (June 23, 2002) The Switch Building Committee (recently renamed to the Switch Committee) have been asking alot of questions recently. The biggest one is Why build a Wye? A Wye switch that is.... Track Master (Dick C. ordered a special switch to be built for the reversing wye by "SHOE" curve. This short section of reverse track (coming off the main) will allow those going the wrong way to reverse their direction and get back to going in the right way, which ever way that might be at the time... And... since the short reversing track is located in a curve called "SHOE" a wye switch was required. The switch committee has been in transition during the past 2 years and on of the primary goals was to manufacture switches is a more timely fashion (i.e., build only straight Left and Right switches). This results in the standardization of methodology. And.. the increase in efficiency. But then? Why would we want to build a Wye? We wouldn't... But we did! With the help of most of the club, we did..... A wye switch was completed on June 19 and delivered to SHOE on the 23rd to be installed it the mainline at SHOE curve during the next work session, scheduled for the 26th. Does any of this make sense? The switch committee remains confused... and is still attempting to become more productive, but Wye???

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2002 Open Meet is mostly wet and wild

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (June 16, 2002) The 2002 open meet was greeted with rain on Thursday, rain on Friday, and rain on Saturday. All was not lost, Sunday was a beautiful day, but most of the guests of the Lake Shore Live Steamer's 2002 Open Meet had thrown in the towel (it was too wet) and went home. Those who were at the GM&O RR on Sunday enjoyed a wonderful day. No public rides were offered this year. But many on-lookers enjoyed the trains. The members were saddened by the weather this year, but many did comment that this was the first year in memory that the open meet had experienced rain. So we all felt very blessed that we've had so many good years. Everyone is now anticipating the return to good weather in 2003. Thanks to all for your friendship and the fun that we did have at Open Meet 2003! See ya next year!

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Cold, But Dry

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (May 19, 2002) The weatherman held off the rain, of which we've been blessed so greatly this spring. But someone forgot to turn up the heat! This has been a very cool spring for northeastern Ohio. All this did not stop 635 people from getting a ride on the trains. Several engines were at the Glen, Meadow & Orchard Rail Road on this cool (brrrrrrr...) spring day. Karl fired up his Hudson, Skip brought out his 2-4-0 [American], Roger was present with his Pacific. Other non-steam locomotives present belonged to Dick C, Rex S, Judson E, and Don S. The sunshine did contribute to the warmth of the day, but only if you didn't stand in the shade. Temperatures were in the 40's all day. Many club members were present to cheer on the public that waited patiently in line on this very cool day. Maybe we won't have a spring or summer this year....  One question that did come up in the week before this Public Run, Would we need Boats? And if we did need boats to take the public around the track, would we need to worry about switches? We've had a very wet spring also. Another asked if, instead of a boat, an ark would better serve the public and the animals of the park. Well, we didn't need the boat, but we almost needed snow shoes! Thanks to all the public and their patience with us slow movin' train nuts. The joints don't move so fast in the cool weather! Brrrrr!

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Birds and Trains enjoy a Beautiful Day

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (May 5, 2002) The birds of Feather Fest, a Lake Metropark event, were in their finest, while the Lake Shore Live Steamer gave rides to 771 members of the public. The sun shone down on all with temperatures in the 70;s. A beautiful day was enjoyed by everyone.

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Del Donahue and "One Tank Trip" visits with members of LSLS

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (May 3, 2002) Dell Donahue (SP) and his camera crew (One Tank Trips) visited with members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers while television camera crews took pictures of trains and track and other such stuff at the Len Meadow & Orchard Rail Road. Dell is a well television personallity locally with programs about mini vacations that can be taken with one tank of gas in your car. Although the car use is very gas efficient and most common cars wouldn't be able to make the same with only one tank of gas, the program is loved may many and the places visited are always educational. Members present to speak and meet with Del were: Dick C, Edith , Roger H, Rex S, and Kitty S.

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First Public Run is Cool

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (April 21, 2002) The rain and the cold were present in the morning, as club members began to arrive for the first public run of 2002. But by 1 o'clock, when the rides for the public began, the rain had stopped and the expectations of another great railroading season was in the air. A total of 196 people came out on a gloomy northeastern Ohio day to take rides behind one of the three trains that ran on the GM & O RR. The only steam locomotive present was Roger H and his 4-6-2 Pacific pulling a new refrigerated box car that he build during the winter months. Robbi H and Dick M helped in the engineering position. Dave S brought out his diesel and the diesel of Don S was driven by several of the members. The temperatures never got out of the 40's, which made for a cool day. Quite a change from the 85 degree day that we enjoyed on this past Wednesday. The sky remained cloudy for the entire morning and afternoon. Everyone was kept busy keeping warm and having a good time.

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April Business Meeting

Lake Metro Parks Lake Front Lodge (April 20, 2002) Marcel U and Karl L thank the members present at the April Business meeting for the last two good years with them as President and Vice-president. The club by-laws were updated and the election of new officers was held. New officers for the next two years are: Roger H - President, Bret K - Vice President, Maggie D - Secretary, Kitty S - Treasurer, and Dick C - Editor. The four year year term for the open trustee position was filled with the election of Karl L. After Committee reports, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.

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Spring Cleaning for the Web

N.E. Ohio (April 11, 2002) The Web pages for the Lake Shore Live Steamers made a fresh appearance today. The new Webmaster, Jon J has spent many hours on the creation of a clean and new look. Congratulations Jon! Many additions have been added to make the site friendly and easy to traverse. It is the goal of Jon and the web design team to communicate the love of railroading from all the members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers. We appreciate the opportunity to "talk with the world". With the new web design our communication will benefit those who visit, as well as those that maintain the life of the Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road and the railroaders of the Lake Shore Live Steamers, It's Members!. Enjoy!

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Work Sessions Start

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (April 10, 2002) The Sunshine and the Lake Shore Live Steamers Wednesday evening work sessions arrived at the same time this year. The afternoon temperatures were in the high 60's to meet the club members, as they arrived and looked over the work to be done. After a very mild winter, the amount of normal havoc in the woods was not to be seen. But that didn't mean that there wasn't plenty of work to be done. Leaf Blowers were started and the track became visible where leaves had buried it during the winter months. The GM & O RR is located mostly within a woodland. Therefore, the leaves are a major contribution of the winter months. After a good blowing off of the tracks, the next project for the day was cleaning out all blocked drainage areas. Leaves and sticks caused several small streams to be hidden from view. This task was interrupted by the dinner bell, which was welcomed. Everyone had worked up a good appetite for Robbi's awaited meal. It was good once again to sit around the "table" together with good food and good talk about trains and such. Following a cake for dessert, it was back to work. The ditches were cleared and the area was assessed for the coming season work sessions. The work projects for this year will include: continued replacement of aluminum rail with steel rail, more switches, more automation, bridge inspections and repairs, plumbing of the new water tower, and more.  It was good to be at the park and with the GM & O RR again after the restful winter.

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No Foolin'

Kirtland Ohio (April 1, 2002) Spring has finally arrived in North East Ohio! (I think?) Although it has been one on the mildest winters on record, it doesn't seem to completely go away. But all this weather wishing may have something to do with the fact that... there are only a few days left, before the 2002 season of the Lake Shore Live Steamers operating at the Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Rail Road! Many things have happened during the winter months. The Web look is about to change. After a couple of years with one look, it was decided to change. This may encourage the old faithful to be more faithful in keeping up with the events and history of the club. If you've visited this web site before, then you will be rewarded with the new look. If you're a first timer, then enjoy! The mission (unpublished) of this web site is many fold. But to highlight the main reasons that we are here. 1) Introduce Scale Live Steam, 2) Keeping the love of steam in the present, 3) Inform the public of club events, 4) Inform club members of news, 5) Promote the hobby, from our corner of the world, 6) Relax, have fun, 7) Get tense, have more fun, 8) Laugh together, 9) Cry together, 10) Show the world how much fun playing trains can be. So, welcome again to the CLUB NEWS and the rest of the Lake Shore Live Steamers web address. Visit often. Drop us a note, tell us your experiences. If your into trains, tell us about it. We love to share. And before you log off your computer... browse through the rest of our web site. Visit the link to [2002 Open Meet] and learn about what we're planning for the big event this summer, visit [Time Table] and learn about our regular events and when we give rides to the public, visit [History] and learn about where we came from, and visit [Pictures] and watch us play. Of if you'd prefer to browse in an orderly way, click back to [HOME]. And don't forget to sign our [GUEST BOOK].

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In Memory of Joseph Chervan

Kirtland Ohio (January 22, 2002) Joseph Chervan was a regular member of the Lake Shore Live Steamers since 1985. Joe was a very quiet, unassuming gentleman. He was an accomplished machinist having built a cli-shay. He also owned a New York Central diesel that he sold to a family within the club. Joe passed away on Tuesday, January 22. A private services was held. He leaves a wife, Vicky. Joe will be missed by those that knew him.

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January Business Meeting

Kirtland Ohio (January 22, 2002) Club Members gathered at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center on the 19th for the 1st Club meeting of 2002. Dick C. acted as chairman of the meeting, since President Marcel was out of the country. Besides normal business, Bill B. brought everyone the current information on RailFest 2002 at Cass, WV. which is again scheduled for May this year. Also, Dick M. told everyone that a tour of Coe Manufacturing was still in the schedule. Coe used to manufacturer steam engines. Final planning will take place before March. Kitty S. told everyone about the new offerings of club wear that will soon be available. jackets, sweatshirts, windbreakers, etc. She will bring samples the the March Meeting. Following the meeting the usual chit-chat and show and tell took place while everyone munched on snacks. Everyone looks forward to the first public run of 2002, April 21. See you all on the trains!

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Club News Archives Created

Kirtland Ohio (November 6, 2001) All club news from the summer season of 2001 has been moved to the archives of the club web site. If you've visited here before, then you have been surprised at not seeing lots of news. Don't jump off the train... All news has been archived. New news will be added to this page as it happens. So, stay tuned and follow the events of the Lake Shore Live Steamers! To access the archives, click here. of the hyper link at the bottom of this page.

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04-11-2002- Spring Cleaning for the Web

04-10-2002- Work Sessions Start

04-01-2002- No Foolin'

01-22-2002- In Memory of Joseph Chervan

01-22-2002- January Business Meeting

11-06-2001- Club News Archives Created



Spring Cleaning for the Web

N.E. Ohio (April 11, 2002) The Web pages for the Lake Shore Live Steamers made a fresh appearance today. The new Webmaster, Jon J has spent many hours on the creation of a clean and new look. Congratulations Jon! Many additions have been added to make the site friendly and easy to traverse. It is the goal of Jon and the web design team to communicate the love of railroading from all the members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers. We appreciate the opportunity to "talk with the world". With the new web design our communication will benefit those who visit, as well as those that maintain the life of the Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road and the railroaders of the Lake Shore Live Steamers, It's Members!. Enjoy!

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Work Sessions Start

Glen Meadow & Orchard Rail Road (April 10, 2002) The Sunshine and the Lake Shore Live Steamers Wednesday evening work sessions arrived at the same time this year. The afternoon temperatures were in the high 60's to meet the club members, as they arrived and looked over the work to be done. After a very mild winter, the amount of normal havoc in the woods was not to be seen. But that didn't mean that there wasn't plenty of work to be done. Leaf Blowers were started and the track became visible where leaves had buried it during the winter months. The GM & O RR is located mostly within a woodland. Therefore, the leaves are a major contribution of the winter months. After a good blowing off of the tracks, the next project for the day was cleaning out all blocked drainage areas. Leaves and sticks caused several small streams to be hidden from view. This task was interrupted by the dinner bell, which was welcomed. Everyone had worked up a good appetite for Robbi's awaited meal. It was good once again to sit around the "table" together with good food and good talk about trains and such. Following a cake for dessert, it was back to work. The ditches were cleared and the area was assessed for the coming season work sessions. The work projects for this year will include: continued replacement of aluminum rail with steel rail, more switches, more automation, bridge inspections and repairs, plumbing of the new water tower, and more.  It was good to be at the park and with the GM & O RR again after the restful winter.

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No Foolin'

Kirtland Ohio (April 1, 2002) Spring has finally arrived in North East Ohio! (I think?) Although it has been one on the mildest winters on record, it doesn't seem to completely go away. But all this weather wishing may have something to do with the fact that... there are only a few days left, before the 2002 season of the Lake Shore Live Steamers operating at the Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Rail Road! Many things have happened during the winter months. The Web look is about to change. After a couple of years with one look, it was decided to change. This may encourage the old faithful to be more faithful in keeping up with the events and history of the club. If you've visited this web site before, then you will be rewarded with the new look. If you're a first timer, then enjoy! The mission (unpublished) of this web site is many fold. But to highlight the main reasons that we are here. 1) Introduce Scale Live Steam, 2) Keeping the love of steam in the present, 3) Inform the public of club events, 4) Inform club members of news, 5) Promote the hobby, from our corner of the world, 6) Relax, have fun, 7) Get tense, have more fun, 8) Laugh together, 9) Cry together, 10) Show the world how much fun playing trains can be. So, welcome again to the CLUB NEWS and the rest of the Lake Shore Live Steamers web address. Visit often. Drop us a note, tell us your experiences. If your into trains, tell us about it. We love to share. And before you log off your computer... browse through the rest of our web site. Visit the link to [2002 Open Meet] and learn about what we're planning for the big event this summer, visit [Time Table] and learn about our regular events and when we give rides to the public, visit [History] and learn about where we came from, and visit [Pictures] and watch us play. Of if you'd prefer to browse in an orderly way, click back to [HOME]. And don't forget to sign our [GUEST BOOK].

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In Memory of Joseph Chervan

Kirtland Ohio (January 22, 2002) Joseph Chervan was a regular member of the Lake Shore Live Steamers since 1985. Joe was a very quiet, unassuming gentleman. He was an accomplished machinist having built a cli-shay. He also owned a New York Central diesel that he sold to a family within the club. Joe passed away on Tuesday, January 22. A private services was held. He leaves a wife, Vicky. Joe will be missed by those that knew him.

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January Business Meeting

Kirtland Ohio (January 22, 2002) Club Members gathered at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center on the 19th for the 1st Club meeting of 2002. Dick C. acted as chairman of the meeting, since President Marcel was out of the country. Besides normal business, Bill B. brought everyone the current information on RailFest 2002 at Cass, WV. which is again scheduled for May this year. Also, Dick M. told everyone that a tour of Coe Manufacturing was still in the schedule. Coe used to manufacturer steam engines. Final planning will take place before March. Kitty S. told everyone about the new offerings of club wear that will soon be available. jackets, sweatshirts, windbreakers, etc. She will bring samples the the March Meeting. Following the meeting the usual chit-chat and show and tell took place while everyone munched on snacks. Everyone looks forward to the first public run of 2002, April 21. See you all on the trains!

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(Lake Shore Live Steamers)

Club News
Summer 2001

(Archived: November 6, 2001)

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10-20-2001 - Whooloween

10-07-2001 - The Last Public Run for 2001 - Brrrrrr

09-16-2001 - Mutt Strut and the Dog Days of Summer

09-12-2001 - New Water Tower joins the GM&O RR

09-09-2001- Bug Day and 805 Passengers - Sunday, September 9 the Best of 2001

08-12-2001- Clouds don't keep 695 away from trains

08-11-2001- Stars don't shine, But the railroad run - 2001 Super Star Fest

07-29-2001- Trains Run Backwards for 739 Passengers at Wild Yard Sale Day

07-25-2001- Neither Rain Nor.... Bridge 6 Is Rebuilt

07-11-2001- The Fourth Switch Arrives at the Gulch

07-08-2001- Over 650 Receive Rides on a Beautiful Public Run Day

07-03-2001- High Creek Is Lowered

07-01-2001- LSLS Membership - July 2001

06-17-2001- Doran Memorial

06-15-2001- 13th Annual Open Meet

06-01-2001- Club History Being Compiled

06-03-2001- 560 Receive Rides during Herp Day!

05-15-2001- MOVING ALONG

04-04-2001- Future Plans for GM&O Shown to LSLS

04-01-2001- Lake Shore Live Steamers Receives Recognition Award

 

-Whooloween

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (October 19, 20, 2001) by, K.S. We had two perfectly beautiful days to run for Whooloween. We gave over 1500 rides and everyone was impressed with the number of pumpkins we had out and the variety of talents displayed in the carving of these pumpkins. Train power was excellent as the good weather brought out many engineers. There were times when we had trains backed up into the orchard waiting to do their thing.

We had to start earlier than expected, thus food was needed to keep everyone well feed. As usual Robbi and her Kitchen Crew rose to the occasion and had a vast array of goodies for us all.

Wednesday (October 24) will be our last Wednesday work session (i.e., 2001). Robbi has suggested that we all meet at the station, get the needed jobs done and then all go out to dinner together. Spouses and significant others are welcome.

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- The Last Public Run for 2001 - Brrrrrr

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (October 7, 2001) The last public run for the year 2001 was held with trembling and shaking. The temperature was in the mid to low 40 (deg F) all day. Brrrrrrrrr!! Many from the community came out to ride the train enjoy the ride anyway. A total of 496 rides were given by the trains present. A total of 2 steam locomotives (Karl. L's Santa Fe, Skip F's PDCRR) and 5 locomotives of the diesel division (Rex S, Dick C, Judson E, Dave S, and Don S) were present. The last run of the year usually brings out many club members, and this year was no exception. 32 members were present to make the chilly afternoon a warm event.

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- Mutt Strut and the Dog Days of Summer

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (September 16, 2001) You could say that the park had gone to the dogs, but in reality, the annual "Mutt Strut" and the trains of the Lake Shore Live Steamers where anything but going to the dogs. Hundreds of dogs strolled the park paths during the morning and then the trains came to life during the afternoon public run (1 - 3 pm). The weather was once again beautiful and fully cooperative for a day of running the trains. There were 759 rides given to the public that were present. The locomotives that were present included the following 4 steam engines: Karl L's Santa Fe, Dick M's Camelback, Skip F's PDCRR, Roger H's Pacific. The diesel division was well represented with 9 engines: Ken V, Dave S, Dick C, Tom P, Rex S, Don S, Jeff S, Ray D, and Judson E.

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In addition to the normal activities of the public run of September 16th, a monetary collection for the Police and Fire Departments of New York City was taken from those that took rides. In just a little over 2 hours, an amount of over $600 was donated. This money will be sent to help emergency efforts in New York City. The members of the Lake Shore Live Steamer wish others of our community to know that our prayers and concerns are with all the rescue workers in New York City. 

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- New Water Tank joins the GM&O RR

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (September 12, 2001) A replica of an old wooden water tank was erected during the regular Wednesday night work session on September 12, 2001.. Thanks to the creative engineering of the Lake Shore Live Steamer's president (Marcel U.) and others, the tank was installed and looking good in a couple hours. This water tank will eventually be fully operational, allowing steam engines to receive water in the same manner as a full scale tank. Next time you visit the GM&O RR, make sure that you check out this new addition to the buildings and equipment. 

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- Bug Day and 805 Passengers Make Sunday, September 9 the Best of 2001

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (September 9, 2001) On a very pleasant day of 88oF, the Lake Shore Live Steamers gave rides to 805 men, women, and children, in the largest turnout for the year 2001. The waiting line was over 60 feet long by 12:30 and many other people were anxious to get a train ride after a picnic lunch. The first passengers were loaded at 1 o'clock and ran non-stop until 4:45. At 3 o'clock the waiting line was closed. The line at that time was backed up approximately 80 feet. It is club policy to close the end of the line at 3 o'clock and allow everyone in line to complete their train ride. Which means that those at the end of the line waited 1 hour and 45 minutes to ride the Glen, Meadow and Orchard Rail Road. A total of 7 locomotives were present to give the public rides. Two steam locomotives (Roger H, Skip F.) and 5 diesel class (Rex S, Dave S, Judson E, Ken V and Ray D) were available to provide the rides. Other features of the day was bugs! The Penitentiary Glen - Metro Park held its annual Bug Day. An opportunity for the community to get an official education on bugs. Even Robbi H. was in the bug mood with her lovable hand puppet spider. It was the biggest bug in the park! Also present was Bret K's calliope and Harold S's miniature tool room, operating on compressed air for the public to see. 

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- Clouds don't keep 695 away from trains

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (August 12, 2001) The sky was over cast, but the day was beautiful. Since the month of July was such a hot and humid month in NE Ohio, no one cared about the gray clouds that were over the park on this Public Run Day. Many people were able to ride 2, 3, and 4 times, because the waiting line never became very long. But never-the-less, there were 695 rides given from 1 to 3 pm. A total of 9 locomotives were present to give the public rides. Three steam locomotives (Roger H, Skip F. and Carl L) and 6 diesel class (Rex S, Dave S, Dick C, Ken V, Ray D, and Tom P) were available to provide the rides. During the afternoon, it threatened a thunder shower, but the clouds pulled up the rain and remained gray. Other features of the day were Bret K's calliope played by Brent L, Marcel U, and Pam Z. Also Bret K displayed his stationary steam engine collection for all to see. 

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Stars don't shine, But the railroad runs - 2001 Super Star Fest

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (August 11, 2001) The annual Super Star Fest was held without the stars. The clouds hung over the Penitentiary Glen Reservation through the night and kept all the amateur and would-be amateur astronomers in the dark. The members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society set up their telescopes for no avail, but park visitors still enjoyed a lovely evening. The Lake Shore Live Steamers operated trains from 8 till 10:30 pm. Rides were given to 695 men women or children. 

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Trains Run Backwards for 739 Passengers at Wild Yard Sale Day

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (July 29, 2001) The trains ran backwards!! Well, actually the trains ran in the reverse direction for part of the GM&O RR. The public run of July 29 was the first public operation of the 4 new switches at the Gulch Diamond. With the switches set in the by-pass mode, the trains by-pass the diamond and run in the opposite direction from what has been run in the past. From the Gulch Diamond, the trains ran to Bridge 6, to Bridge 5, to Mackey's Run, to Big Bend Bridge, to Zip Junction, to Horrendous, to Twin Oaks and back to Gulch Diamond. The remainder of the GM&O RR was run in the normal direction. Waves, smiles, horns, and whistles accompanied the squeals of delight as trains passed each other from opposite directions. 

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Neither Rain Nor.... Bridge 6 Is Rebuilt

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (July 25, 2001) The Wednesday work session of July 25, 2001 saw the clouds open and the rain come down. Everyone present enjoyed a delicious supper to the sound of rain on the porch roof of the station house. Robbi prepared another on of her famous suppers to the delight of all. Afterwards, the members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers present went to work, as is their custom every Wednesday evening throughout the summer. On this Wednesday evening the chore at hand was to rebuild Bridge #6. This bridge is at the base of Hildy Hill, a steep grade that presents a fun challenge to the locomotives and their engineers. Bridge #6 was raised and tilted to length Hildy Hill and reduce the overall grade through the diamond area, which was recently re-work to include 4 switches for optional diamond by-pass. The grade of Hildy Hill is now longer and less. Thanks to the work of the participating members, the bridge was completely reworked. 

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The Fourth Switch Arrives at the Gulch

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (July 11, 2001) The fourth and final switch dedicated for the use at the Gulch Diamond was delivered today. The Diamond area is called the Gulch because of the deep natural ravine that runs through part of the Penitentiary Glen Reservation. The right hand, #8 switch was build in 2 weeks as part of the set of 4 switches, (2 left and 2 right, that surround the GM&O diamond. The 4 switches were all built entirely of steel rail. The presence of these four switches will make it possible to vary the configuration of the lower section of rail from day-to-day operations. All switches are manually operated, and will be set in the desired position for the day's train operation. An area of about 250 square feet was required to allow for smooth transitions from curve to switch to diamond to switch and curve again. When completely installed the clickety-clack of wheels going over the rails, will bring many a smile to the faces of those riding the Glen, Meadow and Orchard Railroad. Thanks to the switch building committee, Rex, Ray, and Jerry, the switches were built for custom fit into the location. Switches are continuing to be built by the team of RR&J in the tradition of the past. For many years, Rex S. built the switches alone, only an occasional visitor would stop by the switch building jig to visit and talk. Last year, Ray D. joined Rex, to building switches. Rex taught, and Ray learned. Now this year, a third builder, Jerry B., joins the team to help in the load of building the many new steel switches required for the ongoing track improvements. Teaching and learning continues as the tools are flying around the switch building jig. Anyone stopping to visit, may get injured due to the flurry of activity. But everything is done with the idea of fun and relaxation. Now, that the fourth switch has been delivered to the Gulch, it's time to start another switch for another part of the GM&O track improvements plan. 

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Over 650 Receive Rides on a Beautiful Public Run Day

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (July 8, 2001) A beautiful day was welcomed by members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers and the general public from around north-east Ohio, as over 650 persons received a ride on one of the many trains that was operating during the recent Public Run of July 8. It was one of those "lazy days" of summer that brought many visitors to the Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Only one think put a damper on the entire day... it ended too soon. The time sped by faster than a late freight train steamin' across the plains. Many steam locomotives were present, filling the air with steam and shrill whistles. Dick M. was present with his Camel-back, lost in a dream land of smoke and dirt. Roger H. brought out a new log car, loaded high with fresh timber. He showed a hard working "steamer" most of the day. Rider got the feel of what bumin' on a freight train was like. Along with the trains was the sound of music, music from Bret K.'s Calliope. More and more people enjoy playing a tune that really belts out the sound. Dreams of steam, fire, and smoke fill many heads after a good day. 

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High Creek is Lowered

Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Railroad (July 3, 2001) As part of the improvements to the G,M&O Railroad, the steep grade from Hilde Hill to High Creek was reduced by lowering the track approximately 8 inches between the Gulch and High Creek. Lou A. said that over 5 tons of dirt was removed. After close calculations, it was actually closer to ½ ton, but it still was a lot of dirt. Many thanks to all the dirt devils that helped make High Creek just a little bit lower. 

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LSLS Membership - July 2001

Lake Shore Live Steamers (July 2001) Club membership has been tallied for the 2001 season. The present membership of the Lake Shore Live Steamers stands at 143 members. (79 - regular, 31 - associate, 16 - junior, 10 - life, 2 - honorary, 3 - limited, and 2 - exempted. 15 charter members remain from the clubs organization. 33 - women, 110 - men. 7 from out of Ohio including: 1- PA, 3 -MI, 1 - MA, 2 - NY, 1- FL and the farthest, 1 - AZ. 10 live in Kirtland, Ohio, which is the club's home town. 

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Memorial - William R. Doran - 1924-2001

Cleveland, Ohio (June 17, 2001) It is with sadness that we report the passing of William (Bill) Doran on June 17, 2001. Bill died shortly after the discovery of a terminal illness. Bill was born on December 10, 1924. He was a member of the Lake Shore Live Steamers since September of 1991. His main railroad interest was in the New York Central Railroad for which he had worked for 45 years. Bill started his New York Central career (1941) as a fireman and retired as a locomotive engineer in 1986. Besides his love for full size locomotives and the 1 ½ scale that he ran at the Lake Shore Live Steamers' GM&O Railroad, his other hobbies included HO and G gauge trains. He had a LGB layout in his own back yard. Bill's mother, Florence Doran, had just previously passed away on May 29, 2001 at the age of 98. Bill will be missed by all of the Lake Shore Live Steamers' members. Bill is survived by his wife, Marge Doran. She continues to live in Cleveland and has been a member of the Lake Shore Live Steamers also since September of 1991.

[excerpts from the Club's July Newsletter] 

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13th Annual Open Meet

Glen, Meadow and Orchard Rail Road (June 15, 16. 17, 2001) [with excerpts from the Club's July Newsletter] The 13th Annual "Open Meet" of the Lake Shore Live Steamers was held this year on June 15 through 17. A large variety of locomotive power and other extras made this meet extra special for those that attended. Visitors with their locomotives from several states were welcomed by fair weather and the warm hospitality of our club officers. A steak dinner was just one of the highlights off the track. 75 steak and 8 chicken dinners were consumed on Saturday evening at the Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Many thanks to Robbi H. and her brother for all the food preparations.

A partial list of the variety of locomotives that were present were: Bill & Gisela H.' and Leon J.'s electric "Macks", Don S.'s and Frank B.'s "speeders", Frank R.'s and Joe L.'s "Interurbans", George M.'s "Crab" steam loco and "Maytag" gas engine, Gherin J.'s EMD E-8 New York Central passenger locomotives, and numerous diesels and steam locomotives from club members and out-of-towners.

Bret K. brought his newly acquired 1/3 scale, "Case" 65 H.P. traction engine. Bret ran it around the park grounds and parking lot and it has a nice bark to the exhaust going up hill. Bret also brought his home made "Calliope", with polished copper pipes and brass base. He built it in just 2 months. It was is presently run on air, but he soon hopes to get it on steam. Several club members took turns with playing this 43 key instruments including, Brent L., Pam Z., Marcel U. (club president) and Erica K. (Bret's wife).

Jeff K. brought his portable boiler and ran a 100 year old "Webster" horizontal team engin that powered Bret K.'s water pump. This made quite a nice display for the members and the public that visited the meet. As usual, Jeff had his "Crosby" steam whistle which he blew at the start of Sunday's public run. (VERY LOUD!)

Jeff Also brought his son's (Andrew) "Cyclone" roller coaster cars. These cars are battery powered. This was the first time he had run the cars, since buying them from Tom R. of Albany, New York. They were 7 1/4 " gauge and he has converted them to 7 ½ gauge.

This is only a sampling of what took place during this years open meet. All were reluctant to leave, and said that they look forward to the 14th Annual Open Meet next year, 2002. Plans are already underway. 

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Club History Being Compiled

Lake Shore Live Steamers Archives (June, 2001) The History of the Lake Shore Live Steamers and the Glen, Meadow and Orchard Railroad is being compiled. This history account is being broadcast to the world through this Internet web site. If you're a history buff, or are just curious as to the beginnings of the Lake Shore Live Steamers and the Glen, Meadow and Orchard Railroad, check out the HISTORY link found on the Home page of this web site. And... If you have any items that would supplement this history account, please send them to the email address below. All information will be verified with reliable sources before publishing onto the web, but we would welcome your input. Check back often to see what we've learned about the history of Live Steaming in North East Ohio. 

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Information for submission to the History Link for this web site, can be submitted to: email: glen_train@go.com

 

560 Receive Rides during Herp Day!

Glen, Meadow and Orchard Rail Road (June 3, 2001) Trains of the Lake Shore Live Steamers gave rides to 560 members of the public while Snakes and other reptile were on display at the Penitentiary Glen Annual Herp Day on Sunday, June 3, 2000. Children and Adults alike squealed with excitement from all the action. Even though the weather was a cool 45 degrees, fun was had by all. The trains on the track included 3 steam locomotives and 3 gas powered diesels.

Of special interest was George M.'s "Maytag" washing machine engine that toured the orchard oval behind the station. This locomotive, modeled after is powered by an authentic "Maytag" Hit and Miss engine. George says, "I had some old stuff just sitting out in the garage and I had some free time, so it seemed like the obvious thing to do to make the engine." Many, that were unfamiliar with the sound of the Hit and Miss engine, thought that it was badly out of timing. Those who knew, just grinned.

Also of special interest, was the yummy birthday cake for Lou A., long time club member and resident grumpy ol' man. The club members even took a shot at singing Happy Birthday. All agree, Lou is a fine gentlemen and much appreciated around the club.

The trains almost did not get a chance to run, due to the inclement weather. The morning dawned with sprinkling rain, and drizzles continued throughout the morning. But with the arrival of club member Dave F., from Sandusky (100 miles west), the rain stopped and it was just cold for the rest of the day. Following the rain, the track soon dried and good running was underway. 

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MOVING ALONG

Penitentiary Glen (May 15, 2001) With the beautiful spring weather things are moving along with improvements on the track. The rain on Friday and Saturday gave the old cleaned out and newly installed culverts and drainage system a good test. All seemed to get a passing grade. Grass is growing fast so weekly mowing and trimming will be need. Please remember there are 3 walk behind mowers and several weed whips that can be used as well as the tractor. Nate and Morgan can always use some extra help during these rapid growing days.

The new grade crossing worked well for Sunday's Mother's Day Run on the GM&O RR. That steel rail sure makes it sound fantastic. If you weren't there on Sunday you missed the musical presentation by Bret and Erica on the steam calliope that Bret built. Other club members showed their musical talents on it much to the delight of all. Also the table with stationary engines was a big hit with everyone.

One switch made and 3 more to go for the by-pass of the cross over. Work continues on several other projects so there is much to be done when you come for the work session on Wednesday. Check the job list on the front of the station to see what is being done that day. Saturday Steel Rail Replacement sessions could use a few more bodies. If you are interested in helping, give Dick C. (Track Master) a call and let him know.

The next public run will be June 3rd. A special event at the park will coincide with our run, Herb Day. The run will be the normal 1 - 3 pm with free rides for all.

The Club open meet will soon be here (June 15-17). It promises to be lots of fun. Running of the trains will be from dawn till dusk on these days. The last day of the meet (June 17), there will be a special run for the public. The open meet always brings visiting locomotives and owners from far and near. Don't miss the fun. If you are out of traveling distance, be sure to check this web sites photo section for new pics of all the events.

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Lake Shore Live Steamers Receives Recognition Award

Penitentiary Glen (April, 2001) An award of special recognition was given by the Lake MetroPark System to Marcel U. on behalf of the Lake Shore Live Steamers at the annual volunteers recognition meeting. Mr. U. is the present president of the Lake Shore Live Steamers. The award was in the form of a plaque which reads: "This Certificate is Awarded to the Lake Shore Live Steamers for 21 years of Service in Recognition of Valuable Contributions to the Lake MetroParks."

The Plaque has been mounted in the window of the GM&O station for all to see. Especially for all our visitors during public runs and during the open meet.

The Lake Shore Live Steamers volunteering for the park includes: Wednesday and Saturday Work Sessions to maintain the working of the railroad and the beauty of the park that we use. Duties include: track maintenance, track equipment maintenance, signal maintenance, station maintenance, steaming bay maintenance, storage maintenance, lawn maintenance, Volunteering also includes monitoring and educating the public and our visitors during public events.

Congratulations to all the members of Lake Shore Live Steamers that volunteered during 2000 -2001.

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The GM&O RR is located in north east Ohio, USA. in the beautiful park of Penitentiary Glen, a Lake County MetroPark, Kirkland, Lake County, Ohio. The GM&O is operated by members of the Lake Shore Live Steamers.

All articles by J.B. unless noted.

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