Thursday, June 4 through Saturday, June 6
Location: Holiday Inn, Independence, Ohio
Cleveland Rocks! According to the song, at least! We are going a bit further afield than we have in the previous conventions. Many folks ask why we are doing this and not staying on the original N&W? The answer is pretty simple, to quote another older song, "we've been everywhere, man!" That is true, we've been to so many locations on the original N&W that we have repeated many of them, and now everywhere we go, there is less to see each time. Unfortunately, that is a sad but true fact. Since the N&W did stretch further west in merger with the Nickel Plate and Wabash, we felt reaching out into that territory was a good idea.
However, any convention needs a person local to the area, who can negotiate with the hotels, have their boots on the ground for questions and things that need local supervision.
Cleveland has an interesting railroad history, with a whole variety of railroads including the NKP. We have chosen two primary locations for our tour, the fantastic Age of Steam roundhouse and Warther Museum. The Age of Steam is a complete reconstruction of a 18-stall brick roundhouse with 115-foot turntable and over 20 locomotives in various states of construction or preservation. The place looks just like it stepped out of the 1920s.
The Warther Museum is a truly unique experience, featuring the wood carvings of steam locomotives from Ernest Warther who did his first carvings in the 1930s and completed the last just before his passing in 1973. The work is something that must be seen to be understood.
If you have an idea for a clinic, suggestions for topics, or can present a clinic, we'd love to hear from you! Please email Frank Bongiovanni (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ken Miller (email@example.com) with your suggestions or offer to help.
Convention Tours and Activities
Registration will be open as of 1 p.m., Thursday, June 4th. Mid afternoon there will be clinics/seminars. Also the Commissary will be open and the Modeling Committee will accept entries for the model contest. See the online schedule.
Thursday evening, we are planning for a Meet and Greet at the hotel, with finger food. There will be clinics Thursday evening, including a preview of the next day's tour. Friday evening, after return from the tour will be the annual meeting of the Virginian Interest Group. We are working on seminars for Friday evening for those who choose not to attend either meeting.
The centerpiece of the convention is a day-long tour to the Dover, Ohio area where we have tours set up for the Age of Steam Roundhouse and the Warther Museum. If you're familiar with either or both of these facilities, you'll be pleased to see them again; if you haven't been there, we think you're in for a rare treat. There will be time for lunch in between. We have a capacity of 50 people on the bus. Warther Museum (thewarthermuseum.com) and Age of Steam Roundhouse (ageofsteamroundhouse.org). We will return to the hotel by late afternoon after the special outing.
The banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Ballroom. Happy hour begins at 5:00 PM. Banquet begins at 6:00 PM. We will have dinner and our speaker will be Michael J. Connor, who has worked in the railroad industry for over 55 years. Mr. Connor's experience includes being in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, the Erie Railroad, the New York Central, and working for the late Jerry Jacobsen at the Age of Steam. Mr. Connor's banquet speech will be on Dereco. Dereco was the holding company that controlled the Erie-Lackawanna and the Delaware & Hudson, and was itself controlled by the N&W in the 1970's.