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PC: PRRT&HS convention
- Subject: PC: PRRT&HS convention
- From: Jerry Jordak <jer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 20:34:17 -0400
This past weekend I attended the Pennsylvania Railroad Techincal &
Historical Society convention in Camp Hill, Pa. A few observations:
* I really wish I could have seen Enola Yard in the PC days. That had to
have been cool...
* The PRRT&HS folks actually *dress up* for their convention banquet...
* During a presentation on the Metroliners, Bob Watson showed some really
neat slides. As most of you know, the Metroliners were delivered with PRR
keystones, but they were replaced with PC worms before they entered revenue
service. The worms they wore were simple black worms on a silver
background, to match the Metroliners' stainless steel bodies. However,
there were two slides showing other PC emblems on the Metroliners that must
have been interim or experimental. One had a square green background with
worms, and the other had a black background with a red P.
* Also during the same program, Mr. Watson showed slides of the inaugural
run of the Metroliners. (See the March 1969 PC POST for more info.)
Included was the well-known scene where Stuart Saunders, Al Perlman, John
Volpe, and others gave speeches at Washington Union Station. What I found
interesting were some pictures of Saunders making a speech indoors,
probably inside the station. Behind him was hanging a large sign that
looked just like the Metroliner medallions that you see on eBay all the
time. I remember the first thing I thought when I saw that was "I bet Gary
Farmer would have that sign in his basement if it was still around." :-)
* For some reason, when PC applied their emblems to the Metroliners, they
put them on the left (as you face them) side of the fronts, while the
keystones were on the right. As a result, you had a lot of otherwise clean
new Metroliners with a keystone-shaped blotch on their fronts. You'd have
thought PC would have applied their emblems in the same place and made it
look a little better...
Also at the convention were PCRRHS members Chip Syme, Mike Bradley, Rusty
Donald, Mark Branibar, and Ross Jack. (Forgive me if I forgot someone.) It
was a great time, with some excellent programs.
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