The Roundhouse columnist Bill McCaffrey sends best wishes for good health to the MVRS family. He has set himself the goal of encouraging companies like Microsoft and Adobe to include the word “railfan” in their spell check software.

Director Nancy Roney and her son Joe visited Hawaii [English-language spelling] from Mon 3/9 to Tue 3/24, leaving Boston as things were starting to shut down. Their first week was in Honolulu visiting her daughter and son-in-law. For the second week they visited the Big Island and were able tour Hawai’I [Hawaiian-language spelling] Volcanoes National Park, despite limited staffing and no programs. It was fascinating to see the Volcano Hotel which overlooked the crater of Mauna Loa volcano. There has been a hotel there since the 19th century. The day was overcast so not much color. All was quiet with the volcano, but it was interesting to see steam coming from the ground. In 2018 it erupted, causing a substantial change in the park. They planned to stop at the Laupahoehoe Train Museum near Hilo but weren't able to get to it. The island takes some time to drive around. (Columnist and calendar editor Dirk Hertel remembers riding this narrow-gauge steam tourist railroad in 1992. It originally transported sugarcane to the mills, powered by sugarcane cutoffs.)

Nancy also sent this link to a film her late husband (and MVRS director from 1970-1984) Mike Roney took on a 1973 trip out west that was probably organized by the MVRS.

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