ITD Meeting and Helping Live Steam during Railroad Days @ Monticello Railway Museum, Sept 17 & 18

ITD member Ernie Noa brings his live steam buddies from across the Midwest to run at the Monticello Railway Museums Railroad Days on Sept. 17 & 18. As we have in years past, ITD will be helping the live steamers with assisting public interaction and ensuring safety for engineers and the public alike.

We’ll have one of the Bob Miller handlaid modules there for the public to also operate on and will also be publicizing the 2023 Lincoln Square Train Show, March 25 & 26.

Due to the usual second Saturday of the month being a major conflict for holding our meeting this month – even before Buzz Swett passed away and provided an even more compelling reason to not meet then except in support of him and his family at the services – we also will be holding the monthly meeting at Monticello. We also hope to make it available via Zoom using the usual monthly meeting number and code on Saturday at 1pm.

So join us live, in person of via the wonders of the internet,

RIP: Long-time ITD Director Augustus “Buzz” Swett Passes

It is with heavy heart that I note the passing of Buzz Swett , long-time ITD member and director, at the age of 77. Services are today, Saturday, Sept. 10 in Cisco, IL at the Cisco United Methodist Church. Visitation is 10am-noon with a Memorial Service at noon.

Buzz was an Air Force veteran, as well as a model railroader. He will be missed by family and friends. Memorably, he was present when the B-36 landed at Chanute AFB, where it was on display for more than three decades before the based closed. Later in service, Buzz served on base in the Titan missile maintenance program and was the base Sovietologist prior to his retirement.