I was still taking it easy at the end of September, and into October -- giving my shoulder more time to from the rotator cuff surgery. However, that did not stop me from attending a couple of railroad historical society conventions!
The Monon meet took place in my home state - Indiana. The group was invited to visit the maintenance facilities of the Indiana RailRoad in Jasonville, and I was happy to see some IRR locomotives close-up:
The shop was also doing some contract work on older locomotives, including a Norfolk Southern GP-38. Sadly, the original high hood will be cut down to the standard low hood...but at least I was able to get a shot before it is altered forever.
The meeting and banquet of the Monon society was held in the historic Salem, Indiana depot. There was a vintage caboose outside...
And an original station sign inside...
I was also able to attend the joint convention of the Missouri Pacific and Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Societies in Mt. Vernon, IL. The groups visited the headquarters of a short line: The Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad:
In addition to the presentations and banquet, there was also a tour of the Union Pacific's yards in Salem, IL. I captured some video of a stack train on the UP, run by a CSX crew, and also saw UP's "Heritage Unit" - commemorating the Missouri Pacific (now, together with C&EI, part of the Union Pacific system):
The trip to Mt. Vernon was the last of my railfan holidays for 2017. Now I am ready to get back behind the drums! First, a trip to New Orleans and gigs at the Bombay Club with Kris Tokarski, Larry Scala, Nobu Ozaki, Evan Christopher and Duke Heitger. Next, I will be at the Roswell (NM) Jazz Festival, playing with Dan Barrett, Allan Vache' and others. From there, I will head to New Orleans to celebrate a very special occasion with my good friend Banu Gibson and several musician pals.
Afterward I will have another brief respite before my schedule really gets crazy in November. I am looking forward to spending time with my highly-motivated cat Alex,
and his sister Mittens, who enjoys watching me do physical therapy exercises.
In the near future I will be moving to a new website. Please check back around the first of November to check out the "new look" and to read up on an exciting new band that I can't wait to work with!
Thanks for stopping by!