Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thursday, November 14th at 7pm in Dow 641 --- Presentation and Book Signing of "Copper Country Streetcars" by Dr. William J. Sproule

On Thursday, November 14th at 7pm in Dow 641, REAC will be hosting a community event with Dr. Bill Sproule, a professor here at Michigan Tech and author of the new book, Images of Rail: Copper Country Streetcars. He will be giving a presentation on the the history of street cars when they were popular here in Keweenaw Peninsula over 100 years ago during the boom of the copper mines. Afterwards, there will be a book signing, so stick around and get one as a gift for someone. 

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lake Linden Halloween Train Volunteering

On Saturday, October 19th, members of REAC volunteered at the annual Lake Linden Halloween Train which featured food, train rides, and a haunted house in the ground floor of the Houghton County Museum. It was a great opportunity to interact with the local community and unwind from a rough week of school. This will be an annual event for REAC, so if you missed out this time, there is always next year! Please see keep an eye on the site for future volunteer opportunities.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Volunteers for the Houghton County Museum Haunted House

Hey Everyone! 

REAC is looking for volunteers for this Saturday, October 19th at the Houghton County Museum in Lake Linden. They will need volunteers from 6-10pm to work at the Haunted House (in the museum this year!), the train, and various skits. So wear a costume if you have one! There will also be food at this event.

The link tells you how to get there: http://www.houghtonhistory.org/maps.html

Please send Christopher Blessing an email as soon as possible if you want to go so he can give them an idea of how many want to show up. As before, please let him know if you need a ride.

Hope to see you there! Let Chris know if you have any questions.

Chris: clblessi@mtu.edu

Volunteering with Quincy Mine and Hoist

On Saturday, October 12th, REAC adviser Dave Nelson and student members of met up with the Quincy Mine and Hoist volunteer Ron Whiton and others to lay about 100 feet of track next to the old Quincy Mine round house. With nothing but muscles, spike mauls, claw bars, shovels, and some good story telling, the group was able to get the track all spiked and lined before 1pm. Everybody had a great time so be on the look out for the next volunteering event at Quincy or Lake Linden. 

100 feet of track, WOW!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall 2013 AREMA Conference, Indianapolis IN

At the AREMA Conference in Indianapolis, IN students got to interact with the rail industry representatives.
Alumni from various companies around the United States joined the Michigan Tech group of 16 students for a group photo during the conference.

Cardboard Boat Race - Fall 2013

This year REAC tried a new approach to get the word out about the club. During the Fall 2013 Homecoming, a cardboard boat was made to compete in the Cardboard Boat Race on the Portage by Chutes and Ladders. 
It was made into a train.
 Although it did not win first place, everyone involved with the process had smiles on their faces
 (Left side, front to back) Ashley Pedrotte, Christopher Blessing, Tanja Mattonen, Nicholas Lanoue
(Right side, front to back) Nicole Wehner, Michael Bartkowiak, Brian Haupt, Kate
We plan on doing this again in the future for club member bonding and to spread the word about REAC 

UPDATE: General Meeting #2 will now be held in DOW 875


Our general meeting this week on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00pm is now moved to DOW 875. We will recap about the 2013 Rail Interchange Conference and then have a guest speaker Allen Brown. Mr Brown is the President & CEO of Railmark Holdings Inc. and will be presenting on Rail Transloading Facilities: Development, Promotion and Operation. 

As always there will be pizza and refreshments served.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Second General Meeting, October 8th

Hello Everyone!


Location: DOW 875
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 7pm

We will recap about the 2013 Rail Interchange Conference and then have a guest speaker Allen Brown. Mr Brown is the President & CEO of Railmark Holdings Inc. and will be presenting on Rail Transloading Facilities: Development, Promotion and Operation. 

Pizza and pop will be provided as usual (:

Hope to see you there!