| November/December 1973

Hi! I know you're having a good time out there in Steam Land going to the Reunions - it's hard to believe we are in the process of putting out the November-December issue, because as I write this the Reunions are still in full swing.

My Hubby and I and Tommy made it down to Kinzers for the Saturday of their festivities - boy, they had a crowd - I believe their show is growing every year. They had a lot of activities going on - it was their 25th Anniversary. They had a quilt, handmade by many ladies, and they chanced it off - I think it went for about $245. They had a beautiful cake, decorated with engines. Some lady with artistic ability had done that job and I'm sorry I don't know her name. W.J. Eshleman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was 'the man at the microphone' that day - did a fine job too.

We enjoyed our visit to Kinzers, but Tommy and I had an added treat as they were giving helicopter rides. We had never been up in any kind of plane before and we debated as to whether we should go or not -took about two minutes to make up our mind. It was a beautiful experience and worth every penny. I must tell you though when we emerged from the plane - (it was one of the bubble type or windows all around) Tommy informed me he had seen the pilot on F.B.I, show -he was very positive it was the same man - and who am I to talk down that issue to a 9 year old.

We also visited the Williams Grove Steam Engine Reunion. They had a nice show but it was so extremely hot that it probably kept some of the folks away. We talked with George Fawber of New Cumberland, who is an active member of the organization and was buzzing all over the grounds. Then too, Tommy had a ride with P.K. Swartz on the Swartz Valley Express - an engine that is mounted on rubber tires and takes folks for rides. They have a railroad locomotive at the Grove they usually run, but due to the flood damage last year, it is not back in operation.

I also found out that Tommy is a Flea Market bug - I could hardly get him away from the stands. He became quite fascinated with all the various items, but especially locks -he is really enthused about the different locks and particularly small ones. And then he likes keys and the old cast iron guns and etc. He ended up purchasing two locks, one lock had two keys - the other lock didn't have any key, but it was red and silver and so 'cute' (he said) he just couldn't pass it up.

And now onto some of our informative letters. The first one is from TOM DOWNING, R.D. 1, Box 181, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania 16117 who tells us: