Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 19-21, 2017 for
the annual NCPS Reunion to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. This will be an informal weekend, with a work day on Saturday, May 20 in Centennial Park helping Nashville Steam work on 576.
Registration Form Here - print it out and mail with your check.
Friday, May 19
3 - 6 pm: Registration and Meet & Greet at TCRM Museum
6 - 7 pm: Catered dinner in meeting hall
8 - 10 pm: Member Show & Tell with a focus on 576
Saturday, May 20
8:30 am - 3:15 pm - Optional Train Ride to Watertown ($42)
10 am - Meet at 576 in Centennial Park*
Picnic lunch on your own.
? Ladies Activites to be determined
5:30 pm - dinner at Santa Fe Cattle Company (choice of entree)
Following dinner: General Business Meeting and speaker from NCPS
*Learn 576's current restoration status from Nashville Steam Preservation Soceity members, and actually do tasks appropriate to our skills and interest.
All Aboard for the Reunion
Your NCPS Board of Directors has chosen Nashville for our 2017 "Hands On 576" Reunion. Our Society was founded with the purpose of preserving and protecting NC&StL locomotive 576, but we could only dream of seeing this incredible example of steam power restored, under steam again, whistle moaning at crossings, bell dinging, and lashed to period passenger cars carry-ing us and our families down the line.
As one of the few of our members who actually saw, heard and felt the passing of 576 and her sisters, I rejoice that we may experience that joy again.
Several NCPS members have been and are involved with the Nashville Steam Preservation Society (NSPS) and its efforts to relocate, restore and return to operating condition 576 to pull excursion trains on the Nashville & Eastern Railroad. The NSPS is in fund-raising mode prior to moving 576 to the Tennessee Central Ry. Museum for display, restoration and excursion operations. The engine will be in Centen-nial Park during our weekend. Your Reunion Committee, with NSPS coop-eration, plans an educational opportunity for hands-on fun with tasks appro-priate to our skills and interests. We are planning a catered picnic to fuel our energies and perhaps a nap for those who run out of steam.
Of course, there are several places of NC&StL interest in Nashville to revisit, as well as model railroad delights. As always, Nashville 2017 promises a reunion of friends who share a connection to NC&StL history, heritage, equipment and memories that made "Grandpa's Road” run and flourish. Plan to bring your memorabilia, photos, family news, appetite, door prizes to donate, and happy smiles to Nashville 2017!
Detailed information on accommodations, schedules and registration will follow.
-- Wally Pilkinton, NCPS President
Hotel will be the Quality Inn, Opryland, at 2516 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. Phone number is 615-889-0086. Group rate is $84.99 (plus tax) for double queen, and includes full breakfast. Be sure to mention NCPS to get the group rate. Rooms must be reserved using a debit or credit card before May 1, 2017 to receive the group rate. If anyone has any difficulty, please call Terry Coats at 615-587-1926, and he will contact the Driector of Sales.
Registration Form Here - print it out and mail with your check
We know that this year’s event will be a memorable one.
Mark your calendars now, and check back soon for further details.