July 2012

Motor Tour 2013

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2013 (All day) - Sunday, June 9, 2013 (All day)

Save the date!

Motor Tour 2013
North to South

Lincoln College has been arranged for our Hall of Fame Banquet. There will be 240 tickets available for this event.

Motor Tour Meeting

Date: 
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 5:30pm

A 2013 Motor Tour meeting will be held immediately following our Annual Association Meeting.

Day Out With Thomas ™

Date: 
Saturday, August 25, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, August 26, 2012 (All day)

Illinois Railway Museum

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The ever popular Thomas the Tank Engine™ returns. Event licensed by Gullane Entertainment, Inc. © 2010 Gullane (Thomas) Ltd. Electric and Diesel Trains operates as well. Special Fare applies on these days. No passes honored on these days.

For more information:
http://www.irm.org/

Day Out With Thomas ™

Date: 
Friday, August 17, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, August 19, 2012 (All day)

Illinois Railway Museum

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The ever popular Thomas the Tank Engine™ returns. Event licensed by Gullane Entertainment, Inc. © 2010 Gullane (Thomas) Ltd. Electric and Diesel Trains operates as well. Special Fare applies on these days. No passes honored on these days.

For more information:
http://www.irm.org/

Train / Car Family Day

Date: 
Sunday, August 5, 2012 (All day)

22nd Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza

Illinois Railway Museum

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The past comes alive through the display of antique autos, trucks, fire engines, tractors, motorcycles and buses-hundreds of vehicles assemble throughout the Museum campus. Ride the streetcars to the various display areas. Interurbans and diesel coach trains will be running on the mainline! "Music at the Museum"--the West End Jazz Band will entertain.

(This event only: Call 815-923-4391 for information about displaying your vintage vehicle.)

For more information:
http://www.irm.org/

5th Annual Motorcycle and Fun Car Run

Date: 
Saturday, July 28, 2012 (All day)

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation
Memorial Park

Starting Locations - Downers Grove; Dwight; Bloomington; Carlinville; O'Fallon; and Champaign, IL

Ending Location - Troopers Lodge 41
5880 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Click here for complete details on this event.

Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation Day

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for providing the following press release for us to share.

BROADWELL, IL – Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation Day has been set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at the Pig Hip restaurant site in Broadwell.

Click here to view the official flyer for this event.

The free celebration will be a time for the public to visit, reminisce and enjoy a free cookout.

At 2 p.m., the Route 66 Preservation Committee will dedicate the restored Pig Hip sign and marker.

Edwards, who was known for his tall white chef’s hat and equally tall tales, owned and operated the Pig Hip on Route 66 in Broadwell for many years.

Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation Day

Date: 
Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

A free celebration will be a time for the public to visit, reminisce and enjoy a free cookout in honor of Pig Hip owner, Ernie Edwards and his wife, Fran.

The festivities will take place at the Pig Hip Restaurant site in Broadwell, IL.

Click here for complete event details.

Fly in a Vintage B-17 Bomber!

Our thanks to historian and author, Joseph D. Kubal for submitting the following article.

By Joseph D. Kubal

As a child, I always relished the thought of flying a bombing run over Nazi Germany during World War II in a B-17 “Flying Fortress.” The imagined target often was the infamous ball bearing factory used to fuel the Nazi war machine. This childhood fantasy was a direct result of watching the popular 12 O’Clock High television series. The series was unusual in its use of actual WWII film footage during many of the episodes. Now, children and adults alike will have the opportunity of a lifetime when a genuine Flying Fortress comes to town this summer.

Bachelors Grove Cemetery Mystery Tour

Date: 
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 2:30pm

Bachelors Grove Cemetery Mystery Tour

Directions: Take 143rd past Harlem and Rubio Woods is on the left.

We will meet in the parking lot and then cross over.

Afterward we will eat at Cousin Restaurant Dinner is on your own.

Please RSVP by September 20, 2012

For more information contact Ike Widner at 815-641-5575 or at Wagontrail66@hotmail.com

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