I’m out here to make international contacts for the S&DR using a British Council/Heritage Alliance Travel Grant so on Friday I drove for four hours to College Station, Bryan Texas in a huge vehicle – an SUV – and on the wrong side of the road! I’ve never driven over here before but I did it for the S&DR! (I sneakily really enjoyed it).
John and I met with Dr Rob Holzweiss, who in his day job is Deputy Director of the George H W Bush Presidential Library and an academic. In his own time he is President of the oldest railway heritage society in America – and at one time worked at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum – which is recognised as the first proper railway in the USA and very much linked in with our own.
Our meeting took place over a real Mexican lunch (not Tex-Mex) and it really was a meeting of minds – he’s sure that his organisation (the Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society) will want to work closely with us and support us in any way they can. We’re going to meet up next week at the Lexington Group gathering in Santa Fe next week as he will be attending it – he’s going to introduce me to some of the people from his group as well.
Then I drove back to San Antonio – another four hours!