Petersburg Convention

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Wed Aug 24 10:33:47 EDT 2022

I just checked my commemorative coffee mug from the Williamson convention;
it was 1992, so Petersburg was 1993.

Also at Petersburg, was the first time NWHS had drinking glasses available
with logos on them; it also marked the release of the re-publication of the
Virginian pamphlet, *Coal on the Move.  *A funny story about the
re-publication of that pamphlet.  I had obtained a copy of it many years
prior to 1993; when NWHS first started to reprint N&W materials, I sent my
copy to our printer, Walsworth, for them to give us an estimate of costs.
Unknown to me, about a week later, it was returned by UPS and set by the
side door; my dog was outside at the time and chewed it up!  I didn't know
if Walsworth had made any copies (this is way before scanning) so I was
somewhat in a panic as to what to do.  Fortunately, Marty Swartz had a copy
of the pamphlet and graciously allowed it be used so we could complete this

So sometimes, the dog really does eat your homework!

Jim Brewer

On Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 10:12 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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
>> On Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 8:55 PM NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <
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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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