Four members volunteered for the lengthy and demanding task of qualifying for steam locomotive operating positions. The number was deliberately kept low to insure small classes for steam instructors and because of the number of steam operations is much lower than electric and fewer hands are needed at the throttle.
Weekday operations began in. mid-June and were handled by four members hired by the museum to care for vacation visitors. A new timetable was issued ill July to accommodate busy weekend traffic and Schwabenfest schedules.
General passenger traffic increases were promising. Totals for the year through the end of July showed that more than 38,000 persons had been carried on the museum's rails. Frank estimated that traffic was up about 40 percent over 1970 and said the chief difference increased traffic made in operations is that heavy interurban cars such as C. A. & E. 431 were being used more frequently than last year.
|Copyright © 1971, 2017, Illinois Railway Museum. All rights reserved.||$Id: rw68a5.html,v 1.1 2010/05/13 05:31:35 jamesk Exp $|