MRRD 2010

Middletown Railroad Days attracts crowd, memories


By Chris Farlekas - Times Herald Record of Middletown

Published: 2:00 AM - 07/30/10

MIDDLETOWN There was a roundhouse of memories at the annual Middletown Railroad Days Sunday at the Mulberry House Senior Center.

Old railroad workers and buffs came from throughout the Hudson Valley and Philadelphia area to see the exhibits, to see the trains of the Olde Newburgh Model Railroad Club go on their merry way through villages and mountains, to pick up bargain books, and to welcome Douglas Barberio's new book, "Middletown and Unionville Railroad," to the ranks of big engine history.


What a great day! Thanks to all who came and special thanks to all that came andhelped out, you truly make the event that much better.

The M&NJRHS did one heck of a job showcasing the history of the M&U in displays,photos, and hardware...Dan Myers brought a wonderful slice of his collection.

Doug Barberio signed his new M&U book and presented 2 killer PP presentations, I counted over 75 people for his M&U and connecting lines show. Walter Conklin
blew everyone way with his Virtual reality presenation on the M&U.

The Newburgh model RR club had its 20 x 20 HO' scale layout in full operation and the books, models, and collectibles were flying off the vendor's tables.

The shocker of the year was when an Alderman from the City of Middletown read a proclamation on behlaf of the Mayor proclaiming July 26, 2010 Middletown Railroad Day and then told everyone "that the City is trying to save the AV Station"!!!

I don't think any of us even knew they were involved in trying to do this but if they pull it off in any way, sahpe or form, it will go down as one of the greatest comeback stories of all time. I know, I know, when it happens you'll believe it and I feel the same way but I would rather hold onto some hope rather than resolve myself to the fact that the wrecking ball is a day away.

Thanks again for all the help...Jeff, Liz, Ray, Dottie, Mal, Tom M, Joey, Bob M.,Carl, George, Doug, and everyone who brought displays. (and anyone I forgot!)

Special Thanks to Ray Kelly for the photos


Photos by Ray Kelly