It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Carolyn Helms, long time Secretary of MRHA. All who knew her friendliness, thoughtfulness and passion to make every member and every person valued, knew that she was the real spirit and embodied the best of MRHA. Her knowledge, sense of service, and talents are a great loss to our organization and will be greatly missed. She spent the last couple of months in rehabilitation after a fall at her home. An article about the fall has already gone to press in the Hiawathgram but we are heartbroken that she was ultimately unable to recover. She will forever watch her favorite sunsets from heaven.
Cards can be sent to MRHA, P. O. Box 307, Antioch, IL 60002
Donations in her memory can be made to MRHA in lieu of flowers
Visitation will be Friday, November, 26 from 3 to 8PM at the Ringa Funeral Home located at 122 S. Milwaukee Ave. Lake Villa, IL 60046 847-356-2146
On Saturday Morning, November 27 there will be a short visitation from 9 to 10AM and the funeral service will follow at 10AM.
Her obituary may be viewed at https://www.ringafuneralhome.com/obituaries/Carolyn-Helms-4/
NEW PRODUCTS IN THE COMPANY STORE AVAILABLE IN THE 4TH QUARTER MAGAZINE AND ON LINE ARE THE NEW ANNUAL HARDCOVER D & I DIVISION BOOK BY ART DANZ $55 WITH PRIORITY SHIPPING AND THE 2022 CALENDAR AVAILABLE FOR $17 FOR MEMBERS AND $20 FOR NON-MEMBERS IN USA. ADDITIONAL POSTAGE FOR FOREIGN SHIPPING NECESSARY. OR MAY BE ORDERED BY SENDING FUNDS TO MRHA; P O BOX 307; ANTIOCH IL 60002-0307
Our first ever virtual Annual Meeting was a success!
For those who would like to view the recorded meeting use the information below:
Thank you to the MRHA board for their time and hard work during the year.
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New or Renewal Memberships
If you are looking to join MRHA or renew your membership for 2021,
and it will take you to our registration page. From here, we can take care of your membership request quickly. If you are RENEWING please check your 4Q magazine label to see when your membership expires - a number of members have renewed TWICE for 2021!!! Our membership year runs on a calendar year January 1 to December 31.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: The Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Public Library has a number of duplicate blueprints and drawings for sale. Go to the Milwaukee Public Library at the link below to see what materials are available.
Milwaukee Public Library-Milw Rd Drawings
MILWAUKEE ROAD STEAM SEARCH
How many of the Milwaukee Road's 3,000 plus steam locomotives are still viewable in photographs? Seeking to answer this question is what the MRHA STEAM SEARCH is all about. In pursuit of this goal; We SEARCH for rare or previously unseen photos of Milwaukee Road steam locomotives. We ARCHIVE and RECORD the historic photos we find. We SERVE as a clearing house for information about sources of steam locomotive photos. We RESPECT the copyright of persons and institutions holding the rights to the materials. We NEED YOUR HELP in the increasingly difficult work of finding, authenticating and obtaining the photos we are seeking. We have found many but there are still more than 500 Milwaukee steam engines of which we have no photo. Here is a list of our "10 Most Wanted" missing engines:
Class Road Numbers Comment
G8 2601-1001 Only unseen G8 of 42, retired 11/54
H5 227-600-300 First H5 of 162, built 1879, retired 1918
C5-a 7242-1242 Only unseen C5 of 50, retired 12/45
B3-x 253-300-1600-4200 Experimental Vauclain Compound 4-6-0, scrapped 1927
B3 301-1601-4201 First B3 of 25, built 1900, rebuilt 1918
B4 367-1717-4317 First of 66, "wide firebox" compound 4-6-0
4-4-0 232 ( 1st) Ex-Chicago & Pacific No. 1 - Acquired 1880
G1 192 Ex-Milwaukee and Superior No. 4 - Our 1st 4-6-0
C1-d 7076 Ex-CTH&SE 657, only missing C1-d of 10
4-4-0 1 Former LaCrosse & Milw. No. 1, named Winneconne
We are seeking these and other Milwaukee Road steam locomotives and photo collections. For more information, contact Ted Douglas, Steam Search Coordinator.
LOOKING FOR MRHA AT TRAIN SHOWS
Do you want to talk to someone from MRHA? Would you like to see something that MRHA offers? Each year MRHA representatives attend a number of shows in various parts of the country. If you are near one of these sites, stop by and say Hello! and ask your questions, or look at our materials (though not all our items are at every show)! Here is a list of the shows that MRHA usually attends. Show hours are generally 9 or 10 to 4PM.
JANUARY - None
FEBRUARY - Mad City Train Show - Alliant Center- Madison, Wisconsin (2nd or 3rd weekend)
MARCH - Rock Valley Train Show - Belvidere High Sch. - Belvidere, IL (3rd weekend)
APRIL - Livingston Rail Show - Depot Center -Livingston, Montana (last Saturday in April)
MAY - Davenport Train Show - 2815 Locust St. - Davenport, Iowa (1st weekend)
JUNE - None
JULY - LaCrosse Train Show -Copeland Park - LaCrosse, Wisconsin (date TBA)
AUGUST - Elkader Train Show - Johnson Reception Hall - Elkader, Iowa (3rd weekend)
SEPTEMBER - Missoula Train Show - Big Sky H.S. - Missoula, Montana (2nd Sunday)
OCTOBER - Fall Train Show - County Fairgrounds - Spokane, Wash. (2nd Sunday)
NOVEMBER - Trainfest - State Fair Park - West Allis, Wisconsin (2nd weekend) CANCELLED
Dubuque Train Show - Dubuque Fairgrounds -Dubuque, Iowa - (1st weekend)
DECEMBER - None