St. Louis-Memphis-Little Rock Convention
August 31–September 5, 2007
St. Louis, a hotbed of traction until after World War II, has again become a center of electric railway activity. Missouri is the “Show Me” state, and many of its residents doubted that modern light rail could be successful. But MetroLink has proved all of the nay-sayers wrong. With the opening of the first segment of the system in 1993, passengers began flocking back to mass transit, and now the system covers 46 miles, connecting Lambert Airport in St. Louis with downtown, and then operating interurban-style through the Illinois cornfields to Belleville and Shiloh. The new Shrewsbury line, opened just last year, became an immediate success.
Special Bonus for Sunday Participants
A Day Ticket, valid for unlimited use on MetroLink from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3, will be sent to all those participating in our Sunday activities. This will allow convention goers to travel free of charge from the airport or railroad station upon their arrival in St. Louis, and will be usable for riding light rail trains at any time during our stay. The cost of this “ride-at-will” ticket will be included in the payment for our Sunday excursion and will be sent with convention tickets.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Louis, at 200 North 4th Street, will be our convention headquarters. It is only a short walk from the 8th & Pine station of MetroLink, and convention participants can reach it easily from both Lambert Field and the Amtrak station. This full-service hotel offers such amenities as a gym and outdoor swimming pool. Our annual movie/slideshow and banquet will be held at the Crowne Plaza.
Excursion to Memphis and Little Rock
This two-day convention add-on will cover the heritage streetcar systems in Memphis, Tenn. and Little Rock, Ark. Memphis has three streetcar lines with five different types of cars, while Little Rock has a fleet of five Gomaco-built replica Birneys. Our chartered motorcoach will take us to Little Rock on Wednesday morning and later in the day return us to Little Rock Airport, Memphis (for those desiring train connections) and St. Louis.
Our hotel will be the Comfort Inn in downtown Memphis. Overlooking the Riverfront streetcar line, the hotel contains a rooftop swimming pool and fitness center. A free deluxe continental breakfast on the mornings of September 4 and 5 will be included.