John and I moved from our wonderful Air B&B today to the Lexington Group Hotel (the Downtown Hilton) so that we could begin our conversations with them. They like to use historic hotels whenever possible but need quite a lot of space as they tend to get around 180 delegates attending – together with partners. Unfortunately Tom Hobach, Vice President of the Lexington Group and my main contact could not attend due to last minute business issues developing. So it fell to his fellow board member, retired professor Carlos Schwantes, to look after us. Tom and Carlos visited the Friends of the S&DR last year and will be returning to visit us again next May – watch this space.
I sat in on one or two lectures and arranged to meet Carlos later in the day to make arrangements for meeting the other board members who were at the conference. John and I also attended a Rotary lunch that was being held in the hotel. It is such a small world. On Saturday we were due to go on the Lexington Group visit to the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, which travels through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico for 64 miles. We just happened to meet one of the key individuals who helped to realise the creation of this railroad as both a National and State Registered Historic Site and National Civil Engineering Landmark.
Today I also had the pleasure of meeting Bob Holzweiss again who we met at College Station and he introduced me to several members of his organisation – the Railway and Locomotive Historic Society who were well represented at the conference.
Part of my reason for attending the conference is to see how the Lexington Group runs things and what kind of accommodation they use.