14 July 2013
Another Successful Speeder Event for the HPG!
Local singer Laurie Heustis kicked off the music in the boxcar (pictured above). Several other area musicians also performed, including headliner Wanigan, the ever-popular Junior Jammers, and HPG founder Jim West's group, the Two Dollar Bills, featuring Bill Tenney, Rebecca West, Jim West, and Paul Anders (pictured below). Jon Wight added his mellow voice to the mix as the final act of the day (Jon played despite nursing a set of sore ribs after taking a fall).
The F-9 locomotive was showcased as an added attraction with all sort of kids, young and old, scrambling aboard to pretend they were at the throttle.
Judy Meyer, 1st District Trustee for the Idaho State Historical Society, came to ride a speeder with husband Steve (pictured in the F-9 cab below). Based in Coeur d'Alene, Judy has been a steady supporter of the Depot Project.
Managing the ticket sales were the now retired HPG Treasurer Don Somers, and the new HPG Treasurer, Barb West (pictured below).
Meanwhile, in the freight room, the Lewiston model railroad group kept people entertained with the club's traveling model railroad layout, and the Latah County Historical Society contributed the nice WI&M Railway exhibit.
Next door, the Potlatch Historical Society showed off its new museum quarters in the basement of City Hall. A steady stream of visitors came through, with Coeur d'Alene visitors Laurie and Karen commenting that they never knew about Potlatch and found it a great little place to visit!
The little caboose was a work in progress, with visitors gaining an understanding of what it takes to restore a vintage car. The X-5 worked for both the BNP and the WI&M in its day.
Potlatch enjoyed another successful visit from the speeders, thanks to their generosity and the work of countless volunteers. Thanks, everyone, for a fun day!