August 15, 2015
Spend a day of railfanning, train watching, and photography with the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, the largest rail museum in Ohio. On August 15, we will be featuring our Kemper Rail Park for Rail Fest 2015. The action starts at 8AM, and we'll host railfans for 24 hours of train watching. The Kemper Rail Park is situated at the West end of Norfolk Southern's Bellevue Terminal, the largest classification rail yard on NS, and the second largest in the United States. You'll see trains headed to, and coming from Chicago, Fort Wayne, St Louis, Toledo, Detroit, Columbus, and nearby Sandusky. You'll also see the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad come in and out of Bellevue. With the recent $160 million expansion, Bellevue has gained national attention from many media outlets including rail publications like Trains Magazine, and even CNBC. Bellevue is expected to see more traffic this summer than ever before in its history. One hundred train movements per day through this area are possible, with a variety of foreign locomotives as well. Porta Johns will be at the park for convenience, local restaurants will be offering specials and extended hours during the event. Extended hours will be offered at the museum as well. After dark, portable lighting will be in place for nighttime photography. Night photos will be available at the museum also. All activities at the museum grounds will be available at regular admission price, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for child 3-12, 3 and under are free. There is no admission to enjoy the Rail Park. Additional activities may be added. Spend the day with us and enjoy Rail Fest 2015.
The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum was opened in 1976 as a lasting bicentennial project featuring our local railroad heritage. It has since become the largest rail museum in Ohio. Operated by volunteers, and not publicly funded, the museum is a non-profit organization.
October 14-18, 2015
The Mad River & NKP Railroad Society is proud to present this "1000 Islands Getaway." Meet at the museum in Bellevue, park your car and leave the rest to Ruth. Early on the morning of October 14 we will motorcoach to Windsor, Ontario to board VIA Rail, arrive in Toronto mid-morning for a layover of about 2 hours and then board our next train for a 2 hour trip to Kingston, Ontario. Transfer to the dock and board "The Canadian Empress" where we'll spend the next 4 days and 3 nights on a delightful cruise on the St. Lawrence River and through the Thousand Islands. Attractions and highlights of this cruise are: The Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands, The Thousand Islands, Fulford Mansion, Fort Wellington National Historic Site, National Parks Presentation and 1000 Islands Tower (40 stories high). All shore excursions are included.
The St. Lawrence River begins at the foot of Lake Ontario, opposite the city of Kingston and flows about 775 miles, when its flood mingles with the Gulf of St. Lawrence before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence River has its source in the largest body of fresh water on the globe, and among all of the big rivers of the world, it is the only one whose volume is not greatly affected by the elements. This river, which Sir J..M. LeMoine called "The noblest, the purest, most enchanting river on all God's beautiful earth," for miles upon miles acts as a natural boundary between the good friends of the United States and Canada as well as a major shipping route to the center of North America.
With each nautical mile, nature's northern masterpiece unfolds. Within one 50-mile stretch on one of the world's largest rivers you will find no less than 1,870 islands. In these "1000 Islands," birthplace of the famous 1000 Islands Salad Dressing, you will explore intricate river channels, sumptuous greenery, mysterious coves, nooks and crannies veiled in folklore. Here you will find opulent summer residences including famous mansions and castles. These islands have been the summer homes of many of the rich and famous: the Astors, the Pullmans, Helena Rubenstein, Irving Berlin, Mary Pickford, the McNallys, and a host of others.
As autumn unfolds, the shores and islands ignite with a blaze of color and travelers come from far and wide to take in this passing parade of color as our ship cruises the quiet and peaceful shores. In late October, the emerald green of the Jack Pines is strikingly accented by the deep golden rust of the oaks and vivid reds of the blueberry bushes on the floor of the inland forests. Just a personal note: A few of us have made this cruise before and were blessed to have seen the Aurora Borealis, (northern lights) as well as these beautiful autumn colors, this is prime fall color season.
Enjoy wholesome, generous and home-cooked meals, served in the comfortable dining room with the pleasant, and easy informality of unassigned seating. Menus are announced in advance and take advantage of fresh in-season fruits and vegetables. Delicious desserts are prepared with pride and care. Coffee, beverages and snacks are available 24 hours a day. Diet restrictions are accommodated as much as possible when requested at time of booking.
Return to Kingston on the afternoon of October 17 and taxi to The Ambassador Hotel for the night. This evening is on your own to relax or explore. The next morning (October 18) enjoy a full buffet breakfast before returning to the VIA Rail station and boarding our homebound train. Once again, we will change trains in Toronto and arrive back in Windsor at approximately 10 pm where our motorcoach will be waiting to take us back to Bellevue. Arrival should be shortly after midnight.
Inclusions: Motorcoach transportation to and from Windsor, Ontario, roundtrip VIA Rail transportation between Windsor and Kingston, Ontario, 1000 Islands Extravaganza cruise on The Canadian Empress (including all shore excursions), transportation between VIA Rail and St. Lawrence Cruise Lines, one night's lodging and full breakfast at The Ambassador Hotel in Kingston, Ontario, fully escorted by Ruth Fuehring.
|$1799 per person, double occupancy
||$2369 per person, single occupancy
|*Deposit of $500 per person due at booking
||*Balance due August 31, 2015
NOTE: A passport will be required!!!!
For further information or to make reservations call Ruth at 19-483-6235 or 419-677-9088 or return the following form with your deposit to:
Mad River & NKP RR Society c/o Ruth Fuehring
7970 Township Road 81
Bellevue, Ohio 44811
Please make checks payable to: Mad River & NKP RR Society. Insurance information will be included with your deposit receipt - highly recommended.
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