National Historical Railway Society Convention, Part 2

The NRHS convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is finally over. I am typing this at the Eastern Iowa Airport waiting for my flight back home. Here is a tip for the real masochists: the 2013 convention will be in Anchorage, Alaska.
Was this years convention successful? I don't know! Was it interesting to me? Little bits and pieces were! Somehow I just do not get excited trundling down an industrial track at 10 miles an hour for a solid day. Getting up at the crack of dawn and getting back to your hotel at 19:00 is just too long a day, even while riding in the Cedar Rapids private car. I am not, what is usually referred to derisively as a "mileage collector".
Admittedly a few highlights were to be had. I had wanted to see the Chinese QJ steam engines on the Iowa Interstate Railroad for some time. Check that one off.
The Boone and Scenic Railroad also had a Chinese built JS class steam engine on their property. Apparently it was less expensive to buy a brand new steam engine from the Dalian locomotive works in China than to restore and renovate a donated derelict steam engine that was on their property already.
Admittedly the first day of the convention was interesting. The "Old Threshers Reunion" is down in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, about a bit more than an hours drive from Cedar Rapids. That outfit has managed to collect a variety of electric interurbans and trolleys from various places. All this runs on an approximately 3 mile loop.
However most interesting was the vast collection of old steam tractors and steam driven farm equipment. It had nothing do do at all with railroads, but...
Fortunately the convention hotel was next to the Union Pacific Railroad main line. Some of us spent a considerable amount of time there, just to see real railroading.
Once I get home I will get a little video together from all these events and post it to the blog. I am using my iPad currently and have not figured out yet on how to do that on this machine.
Oh, something else: If any body from the NRHS governing body is reading this, a couple of suggestions:
Get rid of the convocation. What makes you people think that everybody is Christian?
A convention hotel in a decent location. There was absolutely no place to walk to. No restaurants, no bars, no nothing unless one drove to downtown.
I think I shall give the next few conventions a miss.


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Location:Cedar Rapids, Iowa