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March 2019

Grant Awarded to Midwest

Midwest has been awarded a grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust in the amount of $18,000. John Emery was an avid rail enthusiast who enjoyed riding trains the world over. The Trust was founded in order to help preserve rail equipment and infrastructure to allow future generations to share the experience of the "Golden Age" of rail travel, from 1920 to 1960.
Thirty-seven applications were received and after consideration by the Trust, Twenty-nine grants were awarded totaling $500,000. The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust is the largest trust in the United States that makes 100% of its' awards for the sole purpose of railroad restoration.
This was the first time that MRPS had applied for this grant, and due to the combined efforts of Ken McCown, Lynda Kelly, Steve Korpos and Bill O'Brien we were successful.
The money awarded will be used for repairs to car No. 90 and Mt. Baxter. Sand blasting, painting and wood repair to the windows will be performed on No. 90 and if possible, repairs to the doors as well. All grant money will be used in accordance with the grant specifications and any surplus funds from No. 90 will be used for repairs to Mt. Baxter.
Midwest's fleet of Nickel Plate passenger cars will receive some much needed restoration thanks to the Grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

Shhh! It's a Secret

MRPS had the opportunity recently to provide service to our country by co-operating with the United States Secret Service in performing a task assigned to its' Cleveland office. Midwest was approached by the secret service with the hope that we could offer assistance to destroy evidence as authorized by a judge upon completion of a court case that took place over a two year time span.
One of the Secret Service agents was familiar with Midwest because he had attended a recent open house with his family. Although we couldn't destroy the evidence in the manner he asked, two of our members were able to use a different method to complete the task.
Due to government constraints we can't go into more detail than what has been written, but we are proud of the fact that we could donate a valuable service to our country. 
The obverse (left) and reverse (right) of the medallion awarded to Midwest and two of our members for services performed in helping the U.S. Secret Service.

Volunteer Insurance

The Trustees of MRPS voted this month to obtain insurance coverage for all members that may be injured while volunteering on site. The insurance, provided by Philadelphia Insurance Companies, will be paid for by Midwest and will pay for costs not covered by the members primary insurance such as deductibles.
Workers Compensation does not cover volunteers since they are not paid employees. This insurance, although hopefully not needed, can fill a void and offer some peace of mind in the event that an accident may occur.

This Year's Guitar Raffle

Member and volunteer Sid Workman has completed the guitar for this year's raffle. As written in a previous newsletter, the guitar is a bass guitar and includes an amplifier and carrying case. Tickets for the guitar will be on sale at the Bunny Run open houses and throughout the year. We wish to thank Sid for his dedication in providing MRPS with his unique creations and the opportunity to add the proceeds from the raffles towards our restoration endeavors.

Volunteer Safety Classes

Our annual volunteer safety classes were held this year on Saturday February 23rd and Tuesday February 26th. Midwest President and Safety Co-ordinator Steve Emling conducted the classes which are required of anyone who volunteers or works on the premises. Attendance at the classes is mandated by CSX due to our occupation of their property and building. 
For anyone that could not attend either of the two classes, there will be another class scheduled at a later date, to be announced.

Work Continues on 4070

Midwest volunteers brave the elements to continue work outside of the roundhouse on 4070. Smoke box bolts are still being burned out and the brake rigging is being removed for refurbishment.

Ride with the Easter Bunny

One of the more popular open house events here at Midwest Railway Preservation Society is fast approaching. Our ride with the Easter Bunny this year is scheduled for Saturday April 13th and Saturday April 20th. The open houses run from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm with the last train ride scheduled for 3:30 pm.
This year there will be an added attraction.  Keith the Magic Man is scheduled to appear at the roundhouse on both days between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Keith is a master at the art of ballooning and his creations will delight children of all ages.
Mark your calendar and make plans now to attend one of these open houses. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. All proceeds go to MRPS and will be used to help fund our many ongoing projects.
The Easter Bunny passes out eggs to some happy children at last year's open house.
Times for this years Saturday Rides with Santa have been determined and are listed on the event flyer at the end of this newsletter.
MRPS can always use your donations of scrap metal.  The scrap is sold and the money received goes into our general operating fund. 

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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Marker Lights Newsletter 
Editor and chief writer: Ken Yandek 
Send comments and feedback to: 


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
Ride with the Easter Bunny

April 13th , April 20th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Speeder Day
May 11th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cleveland Historical Day with the Towpath
June 29th & 30th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ride with Santa
November 30th
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
December 1st
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
December 7th
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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 1920's 
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.
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