This update is for all OTOL members. Those participants who were involved in the Fest have received several e-mails from me with photos taken by those who were at the Fest, and other pertinent information.
The quiz for the Fest was posted online on January 19th, the day after the Fest was over. One week and a half later, I have now put the quiz answers up on my site.
Be aware that even the best of us make mistakes. The response to Question #4 about how many rail platforms there are at Philadelphia International Airport was wrong in the print version of the quiz answers given in person to participants. The correct answer is 7, not 6. The reason is that while there is a continuous platform serving the Terminal A and Terminal B stops on the departures side, we found that each station has its own separate platform on the arrivals side. It was assumed that there was a continuous platform on the arrivals side too, hence the incorrect answer.
Fest By The Numbers
Of our 20 people on the guest list:
[*]One, Bill Magee, could not participate in the Fest itself due to illness. He remained on the list on an honorary status because he pre-purchased TransPasses for the group and saved us collectively a bundle of money.
[*]We had two Johns, and three Davids.
[*]There were eight participants who live in Pennsylvania. New Jersey came in second place with five. There were three people from Midwestern states (Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana), two from New York State, one from Delaware, and one from Idaho.
[*]We had three people whose last names begin with a "W", three with an "S", and three with a "K".
[*]Two participants were under the age of 12.
[*]Our largest group traveling together was right at the beginning, in Parts A1, A2, and A3. That was the R2 to Sharon Hill, the 102 trolley to 69th Street, and the Market-Frankford Line to Frankford. There were a total of 16 people on each of these segments. While we have had Fest counts of 20 or more, I don't think we have ever had more than 12 together at any one time during our contemporary era of Fests over the past three years.
[*]Part A4 would have been even larger, as a total of 17 people associated with the Fest rode the Market-Frankford Line from Frankford to 11th Street. That is where John Wireman joined the Fest. Problem was, when he got there, 13 of us had already left Frankford on an earlier train. Nick, Owen, and Isak had chosen to stay behind and ended up riding the intended train with John, so that sub-Fest had the other 4 people.
[*]17 people turned to 14 as David Morrison, and the two Sindlers left the group at lunchtime.
[*] Parts A5 and A6, which was our round trip over two different routes to and from Chestnut Hill, had 14 people outbound, and we gained a 15th when Ted Patchell joined us on the R7 train at Wyndmoor. We maintained the same 15 people through Parts A7 and A8, which was our round trip to Overbrook on the R5 train and returning on the #10 trolley.
[*]The #10 trolley's arrival at 30th Street Station is where our group had its biggest fragmentation. We basically split in half. Eight people stayed on, and seven got off and walked to 30th Street Station. Of the 8 who remained on board, three went to South Street for Cheese Steaks, one went to check-in to his hotel, three went home, and one stayed aboard by mistake and eventually went home too. Of the seven who went into 30th Street Station, two caught other transportation home, while the other five remained for dinner.
[*]Parts A9 and A10, our after-dark round trip to the Airport, was our smallest official group at just 5 people.
[*]Sunday was just as successful, another pleasant surprise for me. Traditionally, on our multi-day weekend Fests, Sundays usually have fewer people than we get on Saturdays. Well we never had fewer than 11 together at any one time. It was eleven people on Parts B1 and B2, our round trip to West Trenton, NJ, and the same group that had to hustle at Jenkintown to make the R5 train. Two more (Nick and John W.) joined us at Jenkintown, making Parts B3 and B4 (our R5 round trip to Doylestown) the peak of Sunday's participation at 13. The same 13 did Part B5 on the R2 up to Warminster. Then Todd, who lives there, left the group. He really did complete the cycle, having taken the inbound R2 in the morning to meet up with us. So our final trip inbound to Center City, Part B6, was a dozen people.
Very slowly I am working on the report. Much of the data I collected from members last weekend via separate e-mails, which I used to determine the statistics above, will be good information for the report.