Petersburg Convention

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Wed Aug 24 09:53:23 EDT 2022

Petersburg was the year after we went to Williamson for the One Hundred
year anniversary of the Ohio Extension, complete with an appearance of
Class J 611.

Yes, the hotel had gone from more than acceptable to a dive; one elevator
worked, most of the time; the same guy who was the "elevator mechanic" was
also serving in the buffet line.  As Frank stated, all of the
activities were superb.

I would note it was at the BOD meeting at this convention that we
decided to go ahead and rent a space for the archives; up to that point,
Charlie Schlottober had been stashing stuff everywhere he could to preserve
it.  We decided to rent the vacant store front next to Bob Bower's train
store.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Jim Brewer

On Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 6:36 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> I'm reasonably certain it was the 1995 convention.  The hotel was just
> awful.  The banquet, at the hotel, was sub par; I think the Directors'
> wives pitched in to get the banquet going.  The hotel was very short
> staffed.  Two elevators, one of which was broken.  Poor Roger and
> Sherry(sp?)had checked the place out six months ahead of the convention,
> and in six months it changed hands, went way downhill and was a complete
> mess by the time we were there.  A lesson for people who take on convention
> chairing.
> The convention itself, the tours, and the activities were still just fine.
> Lot of great memories of people, some of whom aren't with us anymore.  It
> was better than a great hotel with a terrible convention. I think I have a
> picture of a display of cabooses, including 4 or 5 Virginian cabooses in
> different shades of red.
> Thanks Jerry (who has chaired a few fine conventions, btw).  I think that
> historical convention list is on the website somewhere.
> Frank Bongiovanni
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>> For those of you who remember the "adventure" that was our Petersburg,
>> Va. convention, it's been announced that the old Ramada Inn is finally
>> going to be torn down.  I used to have a list of all our convention
>> locations and dates but it has since been lost to time and several hard
>> drive crashes, so I don't remember the date, but for those of us who were
>> there, it will go down as one of the most interesting conventions we have
>> ever had.
>> Jerry Kay, Jarratt (formerly Portsmouth) Virginia
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