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January 2019

Christmas Celebration at the Berea Depot
The Midwest Railway Preservation Society Christmas party was held at the Berea Depot Restaurant on December 15th last year.  The party was held off-site on the vintage Pennsylvania Railroad dining car that was built in 1927 and was restored by Midwest. The car was subsequently sold to the restaurant in the 1980's.
Besides being our annual end of the year party, we also celebrated the 100th anniversary of our steam locomotive, the Grand Trunk Western 4070. Assembly of the locomotive was completed in December 1918 by The American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, New York.
Because of the success of our partnership with the Berea Depot we were offered the use of the dining car and enjoyed appetizers and a buffet luncheon at minimal cost to the attendees.  All who attended had a great time topped off with a slice of cake.

Midwest members and guests socializing at our annual Christmas Party.
Open House Events for 2019
Dates for this year's open house events have been determined and we are adding a new twist to two of our most popular events. Besides our annual Ride with Santa open houses in December, we are planning two evening open houses with the Big Man as well. All of the details are not yet in place, but circle the dates on your calendar because you will want to see the Roundhouse and grounds decorated and lit up for the holiday season.
The open houses begin with our annual Bunny Rides on April 13th and April 20th, followed by Speeder Day on May 11th. On Speeder Day, collectors of the unique railroad maintenance and utility cars bring them to the event and give rides up and down the tracks. The only summertime event takes place on Saturday June 15th for Father's Day and our fall event during the Halloween season is on October 26th. Lastly, our Rides with Santa will be Saturday evenings on November 30th and December 7th, and Sunday afternoons on December 1st and December 8th. Open houses run from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm with the last train ride scheduled for 3:30 pm.  Times for the evening events have not yet been determined. Paranormal Nights have not yet been scheduled. Please pass the word. We are looking forward to another great year here at the Historic B&O Roundhouse.
Also, we will be in need of additional Christmas lights and decorations for the evening events so if you or anyone you know has extras that you no longer need or use, we would appreciate the donation. Any donations to MRPS are tax deductible since we are a non-profit organization.
Midwest member Sid Workman has begun work on another guitar for our third annual raffle.  This year's edition will be a bass guitar and includes a bass amplifier as well.  Once again all proceeds from the raffle will go to the roundhouse restoration fund. The drawing will take place during the last open house of the year on December 8th. Tickets will be available soon.

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of the following valued members of our organization in 2018.
Pat Hunt
Jim Leasure
Arnold Stoessner
John Birmingham
Al Gross 

New Trustee 

Midwest Railway Presrvation Society wishes to welcome Bud Ramkey to the Board of Trustees.
Bud was voted to the board in December and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained while working for over 40 years for the New York Central, Conrail and Norfolk Southern Railroads. 
Work Crews for 4070
Plans are being made to continue work on our Grand Trunk Western Light Mikado 4070.  Work crews will be needed for many different aspects of the project as we progress during the new year.  Watch your email for notifications of crew calls for this exciting project.
There is a growing list of local companies that have offered their services and donations of materials to help us reach completion of our goal. Lincoln Electric has offered water-jetting of the holes for the tube sheets and fire box. Wall Street Recycling has offered the donation of steel plates for the tenders. Timken Corporation has offered bearings for the pilot and trailing trucks and Farasey Steel Fabrication has offered discounts on bending and rolling of steel plates for the locomotive. Euclid Heat Treat has offered heat treating services for parts and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company has offered two events to raise money for the project.
All donations are greatly appreciated whether it is materials, service or cash, and all donations are tax deductible. To volunteer for this project all you need is to be a member in good standing, attend our annual safety classes and a willingness to get dirty.
The board of Trustees is looking for someone with secretarial experience to act as secretary to the board.  This would entail attending regularly scheduled meetings that take place normally twice a month in the evening and taking notes during the meetings. The notes must then be transcribed and become official documents that are archived for future reference. Transcription can be done at home and experience with word processing is obviously helpful. If you or anyone you know would be interested in this please notify us.
"Soo Line Star" Update
In the December newsletter we wrote about the "Soo Line Star" monikers on our AC & Y boxcar. The monikers have been removed and the boxcar awaits replacement of the removed steel plates. Scot Phillips shows off one of the plates with the moniker after removal.
Around the Roundhouse
Refurbishment of the upstairs office is well underway and is just about ready for Executive Director, Steve Korpos to move in.
Member and volunteer Ed Paladar has completed assembly and restoration of one of Midwest's old baggage carts (left). Work has begun on the roof of stalls 8 and 9 of the roundhouse (right).

Help Needed

Volunteers with skills and/or experience in the following areas are always needed.  Please stop by and lend a hand. 
Diesel Mechanics 
Project Managers 
Computer Technology 

Dues are annual (1 year) 
SENIOR (55 OR OLDER). $30.00 
PLATINUM LEVEL............$500.00 

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Editor and chief writer: Ken Yandek 
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Steve Emling, President
Alex Ciparis, Vice-president
Steve Korpos, Jr., Executive Director
Richard Kulik, Treasurer
Charlie Sedgley
Greg Antz
Mark Billey
Tom Hunt
Mitch Karibinus
Ken McCown
Dale Pietrasz
Petar Stojsavljevic
Ken Yandek
Bud Ramkey



Open House Dates for 2019
Ride with the Easter Bunny

April13th , April 20th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Speeder Day

May 11th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Father's Day
June 15th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
October 26th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ride with Santa
November 30th
Times to be Determined
December 1st
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
December 7th
Times to be Determined
December 8th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Midwest Railway Preservation Society.
Historic B&O Roundhouse
2800 W. 3 rd  Street
Cleveland, OH 44113 
Get guided tours of the site 
Learn how railroads helped make Cleveland an industrial giant 
Climb on board an original, elegant “parlor coach” from the 1920s 
Hear the history of the famous “4070” steam locomotive 
Share in our vision to save the Roundhouse 
Visit our gift shop 
Suggested Donation for Admission:  $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under 
Free admission to all members in good standing 
All proceeds to be used for Roundhouse restoration efforts 
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes as the site is still in rough condition.  
Children must be under the supervision of an adult at ALL times.  Visitors with disabilities are  
Welcome but should know that the site and equipment are NOT ADA-accessible. 
For more information, call (216) 781-3629  

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MARKER LIGHTS is the official publication of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society (MRPS), an Ohio not-for-profit corporation and holder of a 501 © designation of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, contributions to MRPS are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the code. The principle location is the Roundhouse restoration facility at 2800 West 3rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio. The business address is also 2800 West 3rd Street Cleveland, Ohio.
Midwest Railway Preservation Society's mission is to collect, preserve, restore, display, and operate railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public. Members must be 18 years or older.