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  by doepack
Note: This message originally appeared on another list, thought I'd foward it here for additional exposure. Metra is slated to participate...

Greetings All!

Homewood Railroad Heritage Weekend is right around the corner, and I hope
everyone that is able to is planning on visiting with us for the weekend. Here
is the latest and greatest:

Saturday May 20 -

Slide Show at Homewood Village Auditorium, 7 PM, corner of Dixie Highway and
Chestnut Road in downtown Homewood. This event is FREE. Scheduled presenters:

Paul Burgess - "Chicago Railnews 2006": A quick review of the local scene
since our last show in May 2005 - special trains, new units, oddball happenings,
etc etc.

Will O'Hara - "East Coast to the Powder River": Will shares some of his
hometown Boston railroading and a quick look at some action in the Powder River
Basin from last summer.

Kirk Reynolds - "IC History and Heritage": Luckily for us, Kirk can join us
after all, and he will bring some of his incredible work showcasing the IC and
ICG of "yore."

Joe Petric - "Rebel Route-The Gulf, Moblie, and Ohio": Joe is bringing us his
famous "A Show" of the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio! This is a MUST SEE slide show if
you like the old Rebel Route or are interested in how it integrated into the old

Dave Lisabeth - "CN Power Through the Years": Our first big CN show is being
brought to us direct from Canada by CN engineer Dave Lisabeth and the Canadian
National Special Interest Group. Come see what the rest of the system we are
now a part of, looks like! Dave is coming all the way from Canada just to join
us--so come out and enjoy his show!

As always, admission to this event is free, and the usual goodies; T-Shirts,
posters, and refreshments, will be on sale. Come out and enjoy the premier
railfan slide show event on the "south side" of Chicago!

Sunday May 21

Firehouse Breakfast 7 AM, Homewood Fire Station, at Dixie and Chestnut in the
municipal complex. $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, every penny goes to
the Firemen's Fund, and you can see the IC mainline out the back of the
firehouse. Come to Homewood early, have breakfast and support our firemen, then
railfan til' the train show starts!

Train Show 10AM to 4PM, Homewood Village Auditorium, corner of Dixie Highway
and Chestnut Road:

The following groups are participating in the show this year as of May 8:

Canadian National Railways
Norfolk Southern Railroad
Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society
Canadian National Special Interest Group
Operation Lifesaver
Train Collector's Association

We will also have (1) O gauge and (2) HO gauge modular layouts operating all
day long. The display cases in the Village Hall are filled with historic IC
artifacts for you to enjoy. There will be 40-50 tables of vendors for you to
choose from, and the usual refreshments and so forth will also be available.
It's going to be a big day!

CN's children's safety ambassador, "Lil' Obie" will be on hand and giving
rides around the municipal complex (weather permitting).


In a coup for Homewood, Canadian National has graciously agreed to have IC
SD40R 6071 (nee GM&O 950, nee EMD 434), the very FIRST prototype SD40, built on
an SD35 frame way back in 1964, appear at Homewood Railroad Days this year! The
venerable unit, as well as an office car, will be on display and available for
photography immediately across from the firehouse, on the yard tracks right next
to the Metra parking lot--however, we do ask that everyone cooperate and AVOID
trespassing onto the tracks--please get your shots from the lot itself. If
things go well this year, we hope to have more prototype equipment on display
for 2007. Help us to convince CN to do so by acting responsibly this year and
staying off the ROW.

Additionally, you can check on our progress on the Rail Equipment Park and
Train Watching Platform--we continue to move forward on these goals although
it's a slow haul, as always.

Just like last year, admission to the Train Show and all associated displays
is FREE! We just want you to come on out and have a nice weekend in Homewood

Please add us to your calendar for May 20-21, and we'll see you in Homewood
for Railroad Heritage Weekend 2007!

Paul Burgess
Village of Homewood
Rail Heritage Committee

  by Tadman
is this near the homewood metra station? it sounds like it is, but I don't know homewood that well (even though I work five minutes away)

On another note, I wonder if they knew Franklin Park was having their event this weekend.

  by thmitch
Yea, they need to get cordinated on these events. Rochelle is also having some kind of railroad festival this weekend.