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Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:52:36 PM »
Will be accepting Credit Cards.
Change : will have an hour layover in Metamora.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 08:00:54 PM »
Since the Restaurant in Laural closed. Has there been anything set up as to where we will eat? also how soon will you stare taking Reservations for the Cabooses? Glad to see you back Brian.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 01:51:06 PM »
Hoping that Laurel will be opened by then, surely someone will.
If not there is a restaurant in Metamora, I will check on.
Thought about a cook out on the transfer caboose?
It would work very well. Serve food during the entire trip. Would have to add cost to tickets of $6 +.  Drinks would be included.  Would not make money off of food, keep it at cost.
Could have more photo stops.

On tickets, wait until November.
Do not know where I will be working, may go out of state again, hope not.
Sorry I came Evansville, should have stayed in WV, until some other RR called.
I was looking three months for other employment after I came to Evansville.


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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014, 03:32:09 PM »
As planned so far, cost will be $30.
 If restaurant in Metamora works out.
If not, then the "Cookout on board" will be done. This will add $6 to each ticket, for all you want to eat and drink until all gone.
This would be added to ALL tickets, I am NOT going to have a "meal ticket" and a "no meal ticket".
Cookout would include hamburgers, sausages, hotdogs, backed potatoes, etc.
Have to do something about Laurel restroom stop. Will check with the town and see if their restrooms would be available.



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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 02:55:46 AM »
not a bad price

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 10:26:57 AM »
I keep cost very low, events cost too much everywhere.
The last two trips has cost me money,  never  pay my self, it all goes to the railroad.
This is a relaxing day, there is no rush, the railroad is all ours so I can charge the schedule as we go.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2014, 03:35:06 PM »
Laurel Inn has reopened, by Mildred Gabbard. The same person that had it before.
So good news for the restroom stop and meal.
All aboard, you can now send payments. Made out to Brian Banta, NOT the WVRR.
$30 per person, minimum age 14.
Mail to: P. O. Box 56
               Edinburgh, In 46124
Request caboose or coach. Same price.
Checks not cashed until March.
Have not got my credit card system in operation, all I have to do is call, a lazy ( #%@) I am.
Southend caboose is already reserved, by the Shelby County group, as always.
Only six months away.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2014, 03:44:44 PM »
Proposed schedule:
Departure at 9 .  Please be there before 8:30.
North to end of track. NO photos, is to cover trackage.
Stop at Tower, photo run-by.
Stop at Twin arch bridge, photo run-by. If river is low.
Stop at Laurel Inn for restroom and drinks. Please do not order food.
Stop at Laurel bridge, photo run-by.
NEW stop at Laurel dam. A restored canal feeder dam. No photo run-by.
Run to Metamora. Restrooms. Those who wish can stay in Metamora while train runs to end of track.
Stop in Metamora, and allow anyone to get off, before going to Leonard siding for switching.
At Leonard, first allow passengers to get off for photos, while switching.
Return to Metamora for layover.
Must depart at 2:30 (1430) for restaurant in Laurel.  Please be on board by 2:20 .
90 minutes for meal, if everyone is done early, will depart early.
Back in Connersville between 5 - 5:30.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2014, 11:26:56 AM »
Brian, How many seats do you have left on the Caboose Excursion. I will put it in the News Letter for the National Railway Historical Society  for January.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2015, 12:16:06 PM »
All, I have not done my mailings as I have in the past.
Maybe the layover in Metamora is a negative.
Not one check has been received. May start doing it every two or three years.
Thanks for the mailings.
The Shelby Indiana group will go most likely, they have been every year.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 08:01:54 PM »
Brian, Mark Chambers and Myself are going on the Caboose Trip. We would Like to have the B&O Caboose that we had last year unless they have an NYC Caboose and if so we would like that one. Mark was wondering if you will be at RFI or the Railway Historical Society Meet on the 14th. Please let me know.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2015, 01:20:48 AM »
Major change, the last Sunday is Palm Sunday.
DATE CHANGE.  4th Sunday. March 22.   
A person called that has gone before and questioned my day, he reminded me that is Palm Sunday.

Larry and Mark can have which ever you want, first call .
Hope this date change does not a problem.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2015, 11:25:24 AM »
For the first-time I mailed a customer and got five sold, will mail a flyer with all my business mail. This saves me postage and an envelope. This will be a new source to add to my passenger list. He has a full caboose reserved.

So the trip so far is a go. Also have a customer that is a board member of a national service club, he is interested in the trip and will discuss it will the organization.
This could be a full train.

Hope to see another full train. All the money goes to the WVRR.

P.S looking for a 3rd shift or a 4 day a week job between south Indy, Seymour, Shebyville and Greensburg.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2015, 09:56:52 PM »
Received two from California. A Mr. Edwin Hollowell a/k/a Sharky.
Anyone know him?

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2015, 03:09:44 PM »
Laurel Inn group dinning room has been reserved.
Loco will be determined by the WVRR, but not to use the MILW, horn too loud. It irritates some and me.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2015, 04:34:07 PM »
Received two from California. A Mr. Edwin Hollowell a/k/a Sharky.
Anyone know him?

It sounds like someone I know. I can't vouch for his character though!
There a fine line between a 'hobby' and a 'mental illness'.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2015, 07:45:27 PM »
Glad to have you on board.
I sent a pack of info.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2015, 09:12:17 PM »
Some would like to see the Milw Unit used instead of one of the Switchers. Would give a Change of pace.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2015, 01:03:21 PM »
Only if WVRR changes the horn out.
That would be the only way.
I HATE that horn.

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Re: Banta's Annual Caboose Excursion, March 29, 2015
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2015, 01:22:51 PM »
Probably have a good chance of that six axle pig going on the ground mid excursion...

Stick with the switchers.
If in doubt, Notch it out!