Volume 21, Number 6 June, 2018 

“Life is a train that stops at no stations; you either jump aboard or stand on the platform and watch as it passes by.”
Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist

Thanks go to Joe Genc for his presentation on the difference between manufacturing a finished product versus just putting parts together like a kit but not worrying too much if all the parts didn’t fit snugly with each other. Joe knows the difference as he has designed and replicated some unique and one-of-a-kind pieces of logging equipment in large scale.

In the logging industry in the late 19th century, the northeastern United States depended on several methods for moving logs from the woods to the mills. Just about every type of transportation imaginable was used – engines like the Shay, waterways, sluiceways, teams of horses or oxen, etc.

Around 1900, lumberman E.J. Lawrence contacted inventor Alvin Orlando Lombard and asked him to develop a machine to replace horses to transport logs. The result was a sight to behold. The main body looked like a converted 2-4-0 with sled runners replacing the front wheels and the main drivers modified to run on caterpillar treads instead of flanged wheels. It was a bizarre looking piece of equipment, but effective. (Live Steam, March/April 2018)

Check it out on Google. I go for the really odd pieces!

That’s all for this month. Be sure you remember our next meeting to be held on June 24th at the Rose Garden Café.

Keep ‘em running,
Madison Parker
Tel: 630-542-9062 (mobile)


This is your friendly monthly reminder of the CAGRS meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 24th, 2018.

Please RSVP to Madison Parker at no later than Tuesday, June19 if you plan to attend the dinner and meeting at the The Rose Garden Café. This enables us to provide the restaurant with an accurate count for dinner so we have the right amount of food. Your continued cooperation is vital to keeping expenses down and is appreciated.

This is IMPORTANT!! Make your reservation NOW while you are thinking about it. Don’t make me call you . . . ;>)


1. This is your copy of the Seniors' Discount List that Joe Lienau presented at a recent meeting. Don't forget that you will need to ask for the discount. Don't assume that you will automatically get it.

2. A PDF file of pictures of some of the CAGRS members attending the Sanfilippo Residence tour.