Meeting Announcement The Iowa Association of Rail is planning its next meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2000, aboard the Silver Solarium private railroad passenger car at the former Charles City and Western Railway depot off North Main Street in Charles City, Iowa. The program will include a presentation by car owner Nav Fosse of Nashua about his purchase and restoration of the car. Additional presentations will include an update on the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative and the proposed Amtrak Mail and Express train planned to run from Chicago through Davenport, Iowa City to Des Moines. After the formal program, Fosse will provide a tour of the former Charles City and Western Railway Car Barn where the car is stored. An informal lunch will be available at a cost of $8.00 per person. The menu is a Chicken Caesar Salad. Because of limited seating, reservations are required for lunch and for the meeting. Reservations may be made by e-mail to Eliot Keller, IARP Excursion Chair, at Eliot@kzia.com or by mail to Eliot Keller, c/o KZIA/Z102.9, 1110-26th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-3430 or by calling 319-363-2061 during regular business hours. Please provide name, address, number attending and telephone number (in case we need to reach attendees on short notice). Lunch no shows will be billed. The depot, between 10th and 11th Streets on Grand Avenue in Charles City is most easily reached by going north on North Main Street, then turning right just before the tracks. The Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers is a statewide, non-profit citizens' organization which supports rail passenger service--both commercial and tourist service. IARP supports a solid rail infrastructure, quality freight service by rail and intermodal. The group was formed in 1981 to strengthen the voice of the rail user in Iowa. The group meets at various locations throughout the state. The organization is affiliated with the National Association of Railroad Passengers in Washington, D.C. Membership information is available by writing to the Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers, 3349 Southgate Court, SW, Suite #108, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-5424 or by calling (319) 362-6824 or at the group's website at www.simpson.edu/~iarp.