photo by Steve Binning
On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the St. Louis Chapter NRHS and the Gateway Division NMRA held their 6th Annual Picnic at the Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad, Glencoe, Missouri.
Well, it finally happened. After 5 years of nice weather the rain came, and what perfect timing, right when people were being served food. Fortunately it was a light to heavy drizzle at times but no downpour and went away after a while. But our servers persevered, some with umbrellas, and people were patient. The steam locomotive rides went on, the food and drinks were plentiful and the scenery along the Meramec River was beautiful. Some new train friends were made. But most of all people had fun in spite of the rain.
This year 106 members, families and guests from both groups attended, along with an additional nine WF&P crewmembers. The WF&P crew were very gracious hosts and they enjoyed having us there as much as we enjoyed being there.
This year there were 30 volunteer workers who were great in performing the many jobs at hand, even in the rain. Steve Binning, Charles Dasho, Dan Gassen, Ron Gawedzinski, Cathy and David Graham, Bill Heger, Dr. Al Howe, David Huelsing, Joan and Tom James, Hank Kraichely, Gaylene and Dr. Richard LaBore, Dave Lyon, William Miksicek, Jean Myers, Joe Obernuefemann, Brian Post, Rich Schumacher, Andy Sisk, Rick and Neva Sprung, Lynne Stoecker, Tim Stout, Rich Velten, Eileen Weber, Dick Wegner, Gail and Kelvin Wilke. (If I have accidentally left off your name please let me know so that I can correct my error – Ron.)
A number of members of the Gateway Division and the St. Louis Chapter donated a large amount of attendance prizes this year. Thanks to all. Everyone got a chance to win something.
The Officers of the Gateway Division NMRA and the St. Louis Chapter NRHS thank the members, families and guests for their attendance, their help and their donations that made this picnic a great success. Ron especially wants to thank the above named volunteers, for without them this event could not have been held.
Finally, many thanks to the WF&P crew for making this event a success: Tom Ernst, Tom Heil, Mike Lorance, Rich Owings, Jim Scott, Dennis Smith, Kyle Timmerman, Greg Wapelhorst, Chuck Weber. Thanks for coming!