6th Annual 24 Hours At Saginaw,TX 2011

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John 3:16
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! (Pass this on to your rail friends please)

6th Annual 24 Hours @ Saginaw 2011

DATE: Friday, May 27th & Saturday, May 28th, 2011

TIME: 7:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for 24 hours!

LOCATION: Saginaw Heritage Center (the depot) 301 S. Saginaw Blvd. in
Saginaw, TX.

For the past 5 years the North Texas Chapter, NRHS has had the privilege of
hosting a 24 hour railwatching event at the Saginaw Depot over Memorial Day
weekend starting Friday evening and ending Saturday evening for a full 24
hours. In past years, we have had approximately 100 or more Railfans attend
this event to watch trains day and night. In addition, we schedule programs to include slide shows, speakers, clinics, videos and railroad trivia to keep
guests entertained between trains.

We did it AGAIN - Recently the Saginaw Depot was awarded the Cowcatcher Round Up Magazine "2011 Gold Rail Award" as the number ONE "Best Railfanning Spot" in the 4 state region and the "24 Hours @ Saginaw" event was awarded the number ONE "Best Rail Special Event"! Thank you Railfans!

http://www.cowcatchermagazine.com/Cowcatcher - Gold Rail.html

Saginaw also was featured in the Star Telegram last summer.


Come plan to watch, talk, listen and photograph trains safely while sharing
fellowship and education with like minded railfans and families. Also,
help us promote the City of Saginaw as a nationally known hot spot to
watch and record trains safely. It is reported up to 60 trains pass
the Saginaw depot per day! Plenty to fill your train watching

In previous years, we recorded 75 trains in 2006, 58 in 2007, 48 in 2008, 58 in
2009 and 59 in 2010. How many will we record this year? Come find out!

Activities Include:

Operation Lifesaver Rules on “How to watch trains safelyâ€.
A safe area to watch trains.
24 hours of Railroad videos and slide programs.
Railroad theme games and trivia to help pass the time.
Railroad Scanner broadcast of approaching trains.
Masterboard to record the running total of trains.
Door prizes, Food, Fun and More...

Features include:

Photo night shoot at a local rail yard
New Trivia questions (with the help of railspot friends)
More railroad word games by Mama Tindle
Live Radio broadcast on "Let's Talk Trains" Saturday at the event (check out
last years show).

Presenters already included:

Jerry Nunn
Brian Tindle (trivia contest)
Patrick Phelan
Mike Moore and the North Texas T Trak display
Mr. TZ and and another one of his DVD debuts... stay tuned!

Admission is FREE, but we are asking for a $5 donation to help cover Insurance
expenses. This is a must have or we cannot hold the event. General donations
are also accepted and appreciated.

Join "24 Hours @ Saginaw" on FACEBOOK

The North Texas Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society

Saginaw Chamber of Commerce

Choo Choo Express Trackless Trains

See Wes Carr's "Railfan Primer" about Saginaw

See last year Photo Night shoot

Check out the links to previous year's...

So, if you are not already committed to another event Memorial Day
Weekend please plan to join us Friday night for a quality slide show or a
few hours on Saturday and have fun watching Trains, Trains, Trains... Bring
your friends, make a full railfan experience out of it!

More info to follow as we get closer to the event...

We are now accepting presenters who would like to put on a
program or clinic during the "24 hours @ Saginaw" event. Whether it's
a slide show, a video, or film or a clinic on photography, recording
sound or video or documenting trains via train logs, we welcome your
program. Any length or subject will be considered. Please contact me
via email or call at the number below if you are available. Thanks for
your interest!

Skip Waters
Vice President, Trips & Events
North Texas Chapter, NRHS
214-987-2888 office (call anytime)


John 3:16
ANNOUNCING the PHOTO NIGHT SHOOT for the 6th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2011.

We are offering again a FWWR PHOTO NIGHT SHOOT at Hodge Yard on Friday evening,
May 27, 2011.
Times are from 9:30pm - 11:30pm. This event is limited to the first 20 guests
to sign up.

Mr. Patrick Phelan and Mr. Ken Fitzgerald will be your hosts.

For those who would like to participate in this unique event, please contact
Patrick Phelan directly at
ptphelan@gmail.com to sign up. Please DO NOT respond to Railspot or any other
list. Once he gets 20 names, the group will be closed. FWWR has a limit to the
group for safety reasons.

The group will meet at the Saginaw Heritage Center (the depot) 301 S. Saginaw
Blvd. in Saginaw, TX. Arrange into car pools and leave by 9 PM, with an expected
arrival at Hodge Yard by 9:15pm. 15-20 minutes to get everybody lined up. Once
setup, we should be able to do the shots relatively quickly. We figure 5-7
shots for each setup, with the first one or two as calibrations to pick the
right white balance and f-stop. A map to Hodge Yard from the depot will be
provided upon departure or an escort to follow.

A tripod is mandatory along with a cable release or other means of holding the
shutter open along with being able to manually adjust the aperture (F-Stops) on
your camera.

The shoot is expected to end by 11:30pm so people can get back to the Saginaw
depot for the midnight show.

Dress code is long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots. NO flip flops or
sandals. Each person should bring a small flashlight to check the ground and to
see while setting their camera.

FWWR will provide a release that you must sign to enter the FWWR property, no
exceptions. Event is also subject to cancelation at FWWR request. WE ARE
GUESTS on their railroad, let's be on our best behavior.

If you want to attend at this event, please contact Patrick today! If you wait
until you arrive on Friday..it may be too late.

Again, Patrick email is:

More about the events happening at "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2011 to be announce very

Skip Waters
Vice President, Trips & Events
North Texas Chapter, NRHS
"24 Hours @ Saginaw"

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