Volume 22, Number 07 July, 2019 

"So, when I watch trains, it makes me think about how much movement there is in the world. How every train has dozens of cars and every car has hundreds of parts, and all those parts and cars work day after day. And then there are all these other motions. People are born and die. Seasons change. Rivers flow to the sea. Earth circles the sun and the moon circles Earth. Everything whirring and spinning toward something. And I get to be part of it for a little while, the way I get to watch a train for a minute or two, and then it's gone."

Jeff Zentner – American musician and author

One of the very short agenda items that I have added recently to the monthly meeting is the simple quick question, “how many of you have been able to work on your layouts the last few weeks?” Lately there have been no responses as layouts have been flooded out or are too muddy to move around the gardening sections without leaving behind big "SLURP" sounds as the mud attempts to backfill the tracks we have left behind. It’s a rare and sometimes news making event when weather affects railroad operations.

When I was stationed in the UK, we spent as much time as we could touring all over the country to ancient and historical sites and places. This led us to Wales with all of its old slate quarries and very narrow gauge equipment. I remember one particular outing when my father was visiting us on one of these expeditions. It was a misty, rainy day like you see in stereotypical (incorrectly I might add) movies of the UK. I was explaining how the various parts of the engine were designed and engineered to cope with various types of weather. The conversation was occasionally interrupted by the sound of slipping wheels on track. I was starting to explain the need for sand domes when I was again interrupted by more slipping. I asked my father if he could see what was happening up front. He replied, “All I can see is a fireman with a bucket throwing sand under the wheels.” Ahhhhh. Necessity, the mother of invention.

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


----- This is your monthly reminder for the CAGRS meeting scheduled for Sunday, July 28th, 2019, at 5:30 PM. If you plan to attend the dinner and meeting at the Holiday Inn in Itasca, please RSVP to Madison Parker at no later than Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019. 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. Make your reservation NOW while you are thinking about it. The fee is $21 per person.

The presenter for this meeting will be Bill Schwartz on the subject of recent travels on European trains.


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.