Volume 21, Number 2 February, 2018 

“Life is like a train station, people come and go all the time, but the ones that wait for the train with you are the ones that are worth keeping in it.”

      Our meeting last January 28th was laden with some expectations as we started the year with a new venue for our monthly dinner and presentation. Our hosts, Alexandra and Chris, were quite cordial. We had a snag or two, but they were easily overcome. I have been getting positive comments on the quality of the dinner. That’s good!

We had a warm-hearted crowd of 51 despite the wintry weather with plenty of food to go around. Having an accurate count of expected attendees beforehand is important to a smooth set-up. (THIS IS A REMINDER!!)

I also enjoyed being able to visit with friends whom I hadn’t seen since before the holidays. Exchanging stories of our latest adventures with garden railways is always fun. It was a pause from the busyness that we get into at the end of the year. Now I am looking forward to warmer temperatures and sunnier skies to run new equipment and modifying some landscaping to enable a smoother transition from one end of the garden to the other.

Thanks to Joe Lienau for his presentation on “Power in the Garden” this past month. It was an eye opener on the variety in number and sizes of different power sources available for the avid railroader.

Be on the lookout for the next invitation to the monthly meeting. Our presenter will be Dave Daruszka sharing his experiences and information on “Railway Stations of Chicago”. Mark your calendars now for February 25.

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


Please note:

The February 28th Meeting will once again be at
The Rose Garden Café
111 East Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village
at the South East corner of Higgins Road and
Arlington Heights Road Intersection.


Greetings, Everyone. If you have already responded to the first announcement of the January 28 CAGRS monthly meeting/dinner, THANKYOU.

If you haven’t responded, time is running out. Remember, we need to get our numbers in no later than Monday evening, January 22.

This is our first dinner with Rose Garden and we want to make a good impression.

So, get your reservation in right away while you are reading this letter. Reply to me at: and I will count you in.




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.