Wisconsin Chapter meetings are held on the first Friday of every month (except May, July & August), at 7:30 p.m., at the North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard in Fox Point, Wisconsin.
March 2 - Gary Rumler comes from family of railroaders and will be presenting “North Western” for our March meeting. He worked for the C&NW as an engineer from 1966 to 2005, in both the Milwaukee area and southern Minnesota.
He grew up in South Milwaukee, six blocks from the Old Line. He had to cross these very same tracks on the way to school. On the way, he frequently met train passenger train 152, a southbound to Chicago. On weekends Gary expanded his love of trains.
And so it was, in July 1966 Gary was hired by the C&NW. His first trip was the Butler Road Special from Butler to National Ave, working for his father. Gary’s resume lists more places that he worked on the railroad than can fit in this biography. This included both freight and passenger.
In 1972, Gary moved to the Southern Minnesota area. Again the list of lines Gary worked on is endless. He even tried a stint on the Powder River Coal Line.
Gary’s last trip was as engineer on the Roseport switch run in July 2005. He proudly comes from a railroad family that includes 228 years of seniority from his grandfather to his two sons.
Gary has been a member of our NRHS organization for many years. He and his wife live in Red Wing, Minnesota. He assures us the former CGW depot is still open, serving Caribou coffee.
Chicago & North Western train train 154 at Racine, June 6, 1958 Photo by Gary Rumler
Chicago & North Western train train 149 at Waukegan, May 1964 Photo by Gary Rumler
April 6 - Rob McGonigal presents Reading in the 1970s and more
Rob McGonigal, editor of Kalmbach’s Classic Trains magazine, has lived in Milwaukee since the early 1980s, but he grew up in suburban Philadelphia. His local station was Elkins Park, on the Reading Company’s main line 10 miles north of the city, used primarily by electric M.U. commuter trains. Rob often rode his bike to the station after school in the early 1970s, sometimes taking photos with his mom’s Instamatic camera.
Saturday, May 5 - Annual banquet featuring keynote speaker Dave Leider. More details to follow.
June 1 - Mike Patrick presentation.