RITS 2006, Cedar Falls
August 17 and 19
Thursday, August 17
I was in Cedar Falls for the annual board meeting of the Rock Island Technical
Society and went to the "Ice House" with some takeout lunch. There
were numerous CN personnel around, still working
on the rails after a coal train derailment near the Broom Factory Restaurant
at the south side of the bridge over the Cedar River. At 12:15, a westbound
manifest, L571, came off the bridge and around the
corner in a light rain. The freight train was led by WC 6926 and IC 6059. A
rail train was fairly close behind, but I had to head to the motel for our
marathon meeting, starting at 1:00 and lasting almost 10:00.
Saturday, August 19
Susan and I came to Cedar Falls on Saturday to attend the RITS meet. My first stop at the meet was the
modeling contest, which had a large number of entries. A photographer and assistant
were getting digital images of the models to show later at the awards ceremony,
so it was necessary to work around them to get shots of the models. Here
are a few of mine from various contest categories:
O Scale Hi-Rail Truck
Fantasy Paint Scheme
Outside Braced Caboose
While Susan went out shopping in Cedar Falls, I browsed the vendors' area and added a few
locos to my Rock Island HO collection. This meet was marshalled
by Lee Bertholf (at the right here, with Jeff Worones),
who did a great job! In the parking lot outside the motel, one could
check out this 12" to the foot Rock Island "model"
created by Timm Grimm.
In the evening, we went to the banquet and presentation of modeling awards.
The Master of Ceremonies was RITS President Jack
Carson. Here are a few images of the numerous contest winners,
most including Lee Bertholf and contest manager Dave Koziol:
When it came to choosing an overall winner from the modelers Dave decided
to have a drawing, so Lee, assisted by Keitha
Spangle, chose Steve Suhs. Steve, a real-life railroader, collected
a donated airbrush outfit for his excellent
The next item on the evening's agenda was a speech by Dan Sabin, President of Iowa Northern Railway. The
IANR runs on former Rock Island right of way, and Dan worked for the Rock
as a young man. He had a number of anecdotes to deliver, and did an
outstanding job of telling his stories.
Since we had a long drive home ahead of us, Susan and I left after Sabin's
presentation and missed the fund-raising auction that followed.