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Sunbeam Club turns 17

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Darleene Denbow

On Monday, Jan. 11, 1993 a group of local retired railroaders and their families, met at the Golden Corral in Ennis for food and fellowship.

Ralph Essary welcomed everyone and Eddie Luksa gave the invocation.

Following a "Dutch Lunch" stories were shared about "Life on the Railroad."

This brought back many great memories and much laughter.

It was quickly decided that this should be a monthly affair. The first Tuesday of each month was selected as a good day to meet. Twenty four attended this first gathering.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1992, this group of retired railroaders met at the Golden Corral in Ennis.

This meeting was opened by the sound of a train whistle blown by Ralph Essary who then led this group in prayer.

Twelve new members were present for this gathering and it was decided to give this group a name.

The Southern Pacific Sunbeam Club of Ennis was proudly selected because these railroaders were retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Sunbeam was one of the most beautiful trains in the world that ran on this line and made regular stops at the Ennis depot as it traveled between Dallas and Houston.

A third meeting was planned for Tuesday, March 2, 1993 at the Golden Corral in Ennis with the whistle blowing at 11:30 a.m.

The attendance had grown from twenty at the first meeting to thirty-eight at this one. A fourth meeting was planned for April as this group continued to grow.

Time has brought changes for this club, but they are still enjoying food and fellowship on the first Tuesday of each month. The whistle now blows at the Ennis IHOP on the first Tuesday of each month and will do so on Jan. 5, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. All active and retired railroaders, their families, their friends, and anyone who loves a train are welcomed to join this group for fun and fellowship.

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