Volume 23, Number 01 January, 2020 

"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."

And so the new year begins with a sense of urgency as we have places to go and people to see! I am looking forward to this next round as we prepare for a new year of activities with trains and layouts and club activities.

Our first club meeting scheduled for January 26 will be a presentation by you Ė thatís right! You!! Donít panic. You will not be by yourself. We will be having an open mike evening. Bring your tales of recent activities and examples of recent and/or current projects such as updates to running equipment or motive power. Start saving up for the event.

Be prepared for your invitation as you will need to be prepared to RSVP to a different address. Iíll keep you up on the needed information This will be a one-time deal. In the meantime . . .

Madison Parker
Tel: 630-542-9062 (mobile)


----- I hope you are looking forward to the monthly CAGRS meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 26th, 2020, at 5:30 PM. Some members have already sent in their responses! Join them and plan to attend the dinner and meeting at the Holiday Inn in Itasca. Please RSVP to Jim FioRito at no later than Tuesday, January 21, 2020. This enables us to provide the restaurant with an accurate count for dinner so we have the right amount of food. Your continued support in helping to keep expenses down is appreciated. Make your reservation NOW while you are thinking about it. The fee is $21 cash or check per person.

The presentation for this meeting will be you, the group of open mike presenters. Be there!

Keep em' running...


Ray Holich has six large boxes of books to give away at CAGRS meetings.

Train & Circus Books.
Free to a Good Home.

Please limit one book per family per meeting. Each meeting Ray is at, he will bring 20 to 25 books.

Please let others have access to these books, so please observe the limit of one book per family per meeting.

These are from the estate of Ray Kotz and donated by Dr. Jackie Vernot.

Contact: Ray Holich -