|The Ben Schnieder Memorial ~ Labor Day 2007
It is always hard to say goodbye to a friend, especially one that has touched so many lives in the live steam hobby. Ben
Schnieder was a very gentle man that was always willing to share his knowledge to anyone willing to learn. Many people in
the hobby today got their first taste of running a live steamer behind the throttle of Ben's Atlantic.
On Labor Day 2007, a few friends gathered at the BCRR to say good bye, and remember him. We shared memories, shed
a tear or two and as a truly fitting tribute to the man, we burned up a bunch of coal and polished the rails.
|L - R, Larry Smith (Manatee Central RR), Bruce Raykiewicz (BCRR),
Charles Brillant (Tradewinds and Atlantic RR)
|George Johnson (Manatee Central RR) and his 0-4-0 crossing the trestle.
|Bruce Raykiewicz & Warren Jamison (Largo Central RR)
|Andrew Habasevich (Central Pasco & Gulf RR) steaming up his
|Tara Archer (TARR), Ed Archer (TARR), Warren Jamison (LCRR)
|Front to back: Larry Smith (MCRR), Ken Swartz (MCRR), Wayne ?,
Mark Selinski and Joan Smith (MCRR)
|L&R; Jerry Smithson (CP&G), Ken Swartz (MCRR), Larry Smith
(MCRR), Cam Wilks, Andrew Habasevich (CP&G), and Brian Wilks.
|Lots of steam. Larry Smiths "American", Bob Deans "Northern",
Ben Schnieder's "Atlantic"
|Ross Conkle (Little Ranch RR) and Bob Dean (Bob Dean Supply) steam
up Bob's Northern.
|The Schnieder family and the Owners & Members of the BCRR would like express their gratetude to the following people and
organizations that took the time to come by and show their respects. Listed by track / group:
Manatee Central RR: Larry & Joan Smith, Ken Swartz, George Johnson, Pete Newcomb, Steven & Brian
Largo Central RR: Warren Jamison, Cam Wilks, Brian Wilks, George Taylor, Mark Selinski, Wayne
Tradewinds & Atlantic RR: Ed & Tara Archer, Charles Brillant
Central Pasco & Gulf RR: Gerry Smithson, Andrew Habasevich, Bob Habasevich
Lakes Park Train Village: Armando Igratta
Scale Rails: Alex & Lyle
Little Ranch RR: Ross Conkle
Bob Dean Supply: Robin Dean