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Frank Habenicht gave a  presentation of North  American diesel locomotive  history. The presentation  covered the highlights of  the development of the  diesel engine in North  America.   The subject was covered  from the first successful  road diesels to present day  pointing out some  of the most important  developments  in the last 70 years.          A wonderful Diesel Display was on  hand of Franks collection showing  Diesels from different build era’s for  any member whom had questions  about them. January 26 2017 - Topic: Diesels By MVAR Member - Frank Habenicht April 27 2017 - Topic: Riding The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR By MVAR Member - William Ottney The topic of the April 27 slide show presentation was riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR and Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR.  I will also have a very short segment on Model Railroaders 1000th issue with a humorous look back at the first copy of MR I purchased in 1959.      Here are a few photos from C&T and D&S. These were taken  by my wife Gunhild who really did not know whether she  wanted to spend two vacation days riding narrow gauge  steam. The slide show will answer the question as to whether  she liked it or not.
May 25 2017 - MVAR Dinner Meeting Railfanning in the United States By MVAR Member - John Soehner               A railfanning trip was taken with Jim Mumford of Cobourg, leaving Cobourg April 15, 2017. We travelled east of Kingston crossing into the USA via Ivy Lea, motored to the Pennsylvania - Maryland - West Virginia area to explore the Magnolia Cut-off that borders Maryland and West Virginia along the Potomac River then north from Cumberland Maryland to the Sandpatch area of southern Pennsylvania. The CSX Railroad runs along what was formerly the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Lines through this part of the States. About four days were taken for this part of the trip.  On the return travelling northwest through Pennsylvania stops were made at Johnstown and Beaver Falls to view Norfolk Southern trains on what were former Norfolk Western Lines. A short jaunt into Ohio along Lake Erie at Ashtabula and Conneault, eastward on the lakeshore though Pennsylvania again to the New York/Pennsyvania border area at Bort Road for CSX and NS action on the former New York Central and Nickelplate Lines. On the eighth day of the trip a border crossing at Fort Erie, home to Cobourg for Mumford and Farren Lake for Soehner. John S. previous previous