Timetable of Events
Compiled by Ed Post

 

Jan. 18
TTCS 34th Annual Utica Show
Union Station

Jan. 24 & 25
Amherst Railway Society RR Hobby Show
W. Springfield, MA

Feb. 14 & 15
WNYRHS Winter Train & Toy Show; Hamburg

Feb. 23
Syracuse Model RR Club Show
Eastwood American Legion

 

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Next Meeting: Dec. 17
Chapter Christmas Show and Party

Todd Humphrey brings his popular Christmas show featuring seasonal photos and Christmas cards set to music. Then we will enjoy many Christmas treats shared by our members. Please help out and bring something to pass.

 

Dick Kowell 1922-2014
Long time CNY Chapter Director and former Vice President Richard L. "Dick" Kowell, 92, died on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Loretto. Dick made his career as a broadcast engineer for WSYR radio and TV for 40 years. He was well known locally for his big-band style "Dick Kowell Orchestra" playing a vast array of local Syracuse events for more than 50 years. An active transportation historian, he proudly served as VP and publicity chairman for 35+ years with the Chapter.

An avid 16 mm film enthusiast, collector, and member of the Syracuse Cinefest Society and participant in the local conventions, Dick owned one of the largest collection of 16mm transportation films in the US, receiving the prestigious Franklin Award for distinguished service from Syracuse University in 1977.

In his later years, Dick and his wife Mary continued his film passion by producing slide shows for local historical societies and senior adult homes. Dick also fulfilled a lifelong dream of earning a Master's License in boating and spent several summers operating tour boats for Midlakes Navigation on Skaneateles Lake.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Mary (Bex); two children, Donald (Barbara) Kowell of Syracuse and Janice (Joseph) Schmid of Fabius; and five grandchildren, Lindsay (Marc) Therrien, David, and Stephanie Kowell, Bonnie and George Schmid.

 

View and Download Photos from Chapter's Past
Contact to arrange for a Dropbox link so you can access these photos from the 1960s to the 1990s. These photos come from the collections of Dick Kowell, Dick Horstmann, Frank Klock, Al Kallfelz, and others.