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The Journey To Florida For The NRHS Convention 8/30-31/2023

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I arose and after having a good breakfast, finished packing and I watched "My Three Sons" while we waited for Bill Compton to arrive with Robin Bowers. A call from Bill and we took our luggage to the parking lot just as Bill arrived. We loaded the car then drove the car pool lanes on California Highway 22 then Interstate 405 before exiting at Lakewood Boulevard to Long Beach Airport. There we checked our cases, went through security and waited at the gate for our flight.

Southwest Airlines 3234 8/30/2023

I read Trains Magazine and started my Railpace Magazine as well as doing some Word Search puzzles, while Elizabeth read Passenger Train Journal which passed the time to Nashville where the three of us deplnned. Our connecting flight was here but delayed so we went to Party Fowl where I had boneless chicken wings and Elizabeth had a smashburger while Robin had a sandwich. We went back to the gate and I played Solitaire as we waited.

Southwest Airlines 820 8/30/2023

On this flight I did Word Seach puzzles and looked out of the window while Elizabeth read Railpace. It was a smooth flight and we crossed the Gulf of Mexico, then Florida, crossing the coastline, turned back west and landed in Fort Lauderdale, taxiing to Southwest Airlines gate.

Fort Lauderdale to the Doubletree Hotel in Deerfield Beach 8/30/2023

The three of us walked down to Baggage Carousel 4 and retrieved our luggage. We went outside to B Area and waited for the bus to the Tri-Rail station. This bus made two terminal stops then stopped at the outer airline parking lot before heading to the City of Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale Tri-Rail station where we debussed.

City of Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale Tri Rail station.

Tri-Rail train P689 which was two trains combined in one movement. Our train came in six minutes late and we took this 18.2 miles to Deerfield Beach and detrained after five stations. I led the way as we trudged the three quarters of a mile to the Doubletree Hotel with our luggage where I checked us in. Robin checked in and his room was on the second floor, while ours was on the 6th. We went to bed very soon afterwards.

8/31/2023 After a good night's rest, we went down to the Spotted Stag Restaurant where I had French Toast and bacon and Elizabeth had French Toast with berries.

The view from the sixth floor from our room. Elizabeth is in charge of the NRHS Convention registration room starting this year I helped with getting the lanyards ready.

The lanyards after Elizabeth and I put the cards in. Next we called Robin Bowers and we checked the stock of the souvenir merchandise that people had pre-purchased. After this, Elizabeth continued to get things prepared as much as she could before setting up the registration room tomorrow while Robin and I walked to the Deerfield Beach Tri-Rail station and Robin went to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe where he had lunch; I walked over to the station.

Tri-Rail train P625 heading to Miami Airport station.

CSX GP39-2 4310, nee Reading 3402, built by Electro-Motive Division in 1974.

This CSX local would travel north to the crossover and return by us later.

Tri-Rail train P627 on its way to the Miami Airport station.

The CSX local returned and would cross over and return to its train.

Seaboard Air Line Railroad Deerfield Beach station built in 1926.

CSX 3305 East at Deerfield Beach station.

Tri-Rail train P628 bound for Mangonia Park station, the end of the line.

Tri-Rail train P629 heading to the Miami Airport station. We returned to the hotel and met Elizabeth who was waiting for John Goodman, Dan Meyer and Dawn Holmberg. They arrived and I went upstairs to take a cold shower to cool off then watched the local news and CNN while working on this story before Elizabeth arrived back from picking up some items for the convention, and we talked. At 6:30 PM, Dan drove Dawn, John and I to Cracker Barrel while Elizabeth went with Doug and Ellen Scott and Al and Eileen Weber. I had a sirlion steak and mashed potatoes and Elizabeth had Chicken Pot Pie, which were both excellent. I returned and finished the story before calling it a night.