Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum News
Bellevue Serviceman to Represent the Museum & Bellevue Aboard the "Nickel Plate Limited"
The Mad River & NKP Railroad Society and Museum is excited about the "Nickel Plate Limited" special excursion train which will be powered by NKP 765 and running from Rocky River, Ohio to our museum on Sunday, May 12. There will be over 660 passengers on board, some from as far away as Australia. Due to the generosity of Life Member, Bob McCown, the Mad River & NKP RR Society is able to thank one of our local citizens for his life of service to our country. Aboard the train on that day will be Mr. Jerry Risner and his family.
Having served in the Army National Guard for 27 years, he has been called to natural disasters, served in foreign countries on humanitarian missions and gone to war in Iraq, where he was wounded and earned the Purple Heart. To Bellevue native Jerry Risner, the best feeling of all is helping others. Jerry was in the Engineers for 22 years and was deployed to Iraq from February 2004 until February 2005 with Alpha Co. 216th Engineers. Since 2008 he has served at Camp Perry on Range Control.
Patriotism evidently runs in the family, His great-grandfather was a World War I veteran, his grandfather a veteran from World War II and an uncle is a Vietnam veteran. Jerry is a Life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion and he is a trustee with the Wounded Soldiers Fund. He was very instrumental in the building of the "Fallen Soldier's Memorial" in Bellevue which was dedicated in 2012. Jerry grew up in Bellevue, the son of Cynthia McGinnis and Kenneth Risner and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1987. Jerry and his wife Sherri (Barr) say their pride and joy is their 2 year old son Kaden. We are proud to have him represent us on the train, in our community and in our country.
"Nickel Plate Limited" Tickets Awarded
On opening weekend, May 4 & 5, the Museum conducted a drawing each day among paid admissions for tickets on the May 12 "Nickel Plate Limited" excursion from Rocky River to Bellevue. The lucky winners were, on May 4, Steve Stetz, and on May 5, Terry Trumpower.
New Products for our Trackside Gift Shop
We've been busy stocking our Trackside Gift Gift Shop full of Nickel Plate Goodies this off-season. Check out our selection of books available on opening day!
Also available at our shop this year is a selection of Herron Rail DVDs. Four volumes of Nickel Plate DVDs are available. These movies feature Don Krofta's 16mm film matched with sound and narration. Most footage was taken in the mid to late 1950s at the end of the steam era. They are a fantastic look back in time. For a preview of the the DVDs, please click here.
FWRHS #765 to Lead May 12 Excursion from Rocky River to Bellevue
NOTICE! The Nickel Plate Limited excursion from Rocky River, OH to Bellevue, OH is sold out. There is a possibility more coaches will be added, and there is a waiting list for the additional space. You can put your name on a waiting list at http://fortwaynerailroad.org/category/events/. The Horseshoe Curve excursion tickets are now on sale online.
From the Norfolk Southern website News page: The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS), in partnership with Norfolk Southern Corporation, will host 21st Century Steam excursion trips in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2013.
Schedules, prices, and ticketing information are available at www.tvrail.com for TVRM-hosted trips and fortwaynerailroad.org for FWRHS-sponsored trips. Norfolk Southern employees will be able to request tickets for the employee appreciation trips soon through the ERC.
The two excursions in which the 765 will take part are on May 12 from Rocky River, OH to Bellevue, OH, and May 25, 26 and 27 from Lewistown, PA., to Horseshoe Curve, PA.
FOR SALE: History of the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad
STRAP RAIL INTO THE WOODS. MAD RIVER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD, "OLD LINE," between Sandusky, Ohio and Tiffin, Ohio via Bellevue. 1825-1860. By C.W.Wise. Illustrated.
Available from Mad River and NKP RR Society. 233 York St. Bellevue, Ohio 44811 or call Ruth at 419-483-6235. Price. $20 plus $4 shipping and handling. Also available in the MR & NKP RR Bellevue Museum gift shop. Drop by and save the shipping cost while enjoying the museum.
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