Posts Tagged ‘National Railway Historical Society’

Ed’s Pennsylvania Adventure: Part 2

August 22, 2018

The 2018 convention of the National Railway Historical Society was held recently in Cumberland, Maryland.

On Saturday morning, convention attendees boarded buses and made the trip to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, to board a chartered Everett Railroad steam train.

I didn’t attend the convention, but was also present for the trip to chase it.

Even though I’ve done the Everett several times I faced a challenge because of the overcast skies. I opted for locations where the morning light would produce better images for locations I’ve gotten previously.

However, all morning the heavy overcast resulted in locations I previously had done ending up with similar results. I’m sending along locations not shown before.

In the top image the train passes a horse grazing in a field north of Kladder

In the top image below, the steamer turns east toward Martinsburg approaching Route 36. The following image shows the train heading back after turning at the Martinsburg passing dairy plant.

In the next image, the train arrives at Roaring Springs station for where the conventioneers had lunch.

After our Everett Railroad outing had ended the clouds disappeared and we had sunshine for the Altoona Curve doubleheader baseball game that was to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The exterior of the ballpark simulates a roundhouse. Everything, including the gift shop, mascots and food items, are railroad terms. The former Pennsy K4 is alive and well.

Overlooking the outfield is the Lakemont amusement park roller coaster, hopefully to reopen next season.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas


Kentucky Group Wins NRHS Grant

June 20, 2018

A Kentucky museum is one of eight recipients of a 2018 heritage grant from the National Railway Historical Society.

The Allen County Historical Society and Museum in Scottsville, Kentucky, received a $1,500 grant to be used to help fund the exterior restoration of a former Louisville & Nashville Railroad 70-ton diesel switch engine.

The locomotive, which will be placed on static display next to the under restoration Scottsville passenger station, was the last unit serving Scottsville and the Scottsville branch.

NRHS awarded a total of $21,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations, including historical societies, museums, and a railway historical society chapter.

Sanders Photograph Published in NRHS News

July 5, 2017

A photograph made by Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders and posted earlier on the ARRC blog has been published on Page 1 of the July issue of the National Railroad Historical Society newsletter.

The photograph was made in May in Peninsula and showed a long line of bicyclists waiting to board a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.

The NRHS publishes a handful of paper newsletters during the year in black and white that it mails to its members. During most months, the newsletter is created in color and posted online and sent by email to NRHS members.

The July issue of the NRHS News also has a short article written by Sanders about the CVSR Bike Aboard! program.

2 Pa. Groups Receive NRHS Heritage Grants

April 7, 2017

Two Pennsylvania organizations were among the eight recipients of a National Railway Historical Society Heritage Grant. The awards are made to such organizations as historical societies, museums and NRHS Chapters.

The Harrisburg NRHS chapter will receive $2,500 while $3,000 is going to the narrow gauge Bucksgahuda & Western Railroad in St. Marys.

Other award winners included the Southeastern Railway Museum of Duluth, Georgia; the Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine; Central New York NRHS Chapter of Marcellus, New York; the South Park Rail Society of Denver; the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum of Nevada City, California’ and the Friends of the New York Transit Museum of Brooklyn, New York.

Midwest Chapter of NRHS Disbands

November 21, 2016

We have received word that the Midwest Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society has elected to disband.

The chapter, which has approximately 20 members, held a last dinner this month and will donate the remainder of its treasury to a charitable cause.

The Midwest Chapter shared a common heritage with the Akron Railroad Club in that both were spinoffs of the Eastern Ohio Chapter of the NRHS, which was founded on June 20, 1937, as the ninth and westernmost NRHS chapter.

Differences of opinion led to the Easter Ohio Chapter disbanding in late 1945.

Some members who favored retaining the NRHS affiliation founded the Midwest Chapter on May 8, 1946, with a home base in Cleveland.

Other members founded the Northeast Ohio Railfans that same year. That group reorganized as the Akron Railroad Club on March 27, 1947.

The NRHS considers the Midwest Chapter to have superseded the Eastern Ohio chapter.

In his heyday, the Midwest Chapter had well over 100 members and enjoyed a high profile nationally due to its sponsorship of steam excursions in the 1950s, including some on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad that originated in Akron.

The chapter was also know for its “mystery trains” in the 1960s. Passengers would board a train, often in Cleveland, and not know their destination until they were on board.

The Midwest Chapter was allied for many years with the Midwest Railway Preservation Society, which was founded in 1955 to acquire the Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland.

The MRPS is still active and its website says that it owns more than 20 pieces of vintage rolling stock including former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 light Mikado No. 4070, which operated on the Cuyahoga Valley Line – now named the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad – between 1975 and 1990.

Woodring Article Published in NRHS News

August 26, 2016

An article written by Akron Railroad Club member Paul Woodring about the last run of Amtrak’s AEM-7 electric locomotives has been re-published in the newsletter of the National Railway Historical Society.

ARRC logo 2Paul rode the farewell to the AEM-7 trip, an Amtrak chartered train that operated on June 18. That trip went from Washington to Philadelphia and return and included a tour of Amtrak’s Wilmington shops.

A member of the Potomac Chapter of NRHS, Paul originally wrote the article for the ARRC blog. NRHS News Editor Charles Williams saw the article on the blog and asked to reprint it.

The article begins on Page 18 of the August 2016 issue of the NRHS News and is accompanied by photographs made by various NRHS members.

Sanders Photo Used on NRHS Facebook Page

February 16, 2016

A photo taken of a Norfolk Southern heritage locomotive by Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders is now the image posted at the top of the Facebook page of the National Railway Historical Society.

The image shows NS 1073 — the Penn Central heritage locomotive — leading a westbound crude oil train through Berea at dusk.

Sanders made the image on Saturday night before attending the banquet of the Forest City Division-Railroad Enthusiasts, which was also held in Berea.

Charles Williams, the editor of the NRHS News, saw the image, liked it and asked to use it.

The image has the NS 1073 against a backgound of a billowing cumulus cloud illuminated by the setting sun.

NRHS Selling Tickets for 2015 Convention

February 10, 2015

The National Railway Historical Society has released details about its 2015 convention to be held in Vermont.

Events at the convention, which will be held in Rutland between June 14 and 20, include seven days of excursions, photo opportunities and historic tours.

Excursions will run over rails of the Vermont Railway System and the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad.

  • A Vermont Rail System “photo freight” from Rutland to Ludlow and return, powered by a classic Alco RS-1     locomotive, through the scenery of the Green Mountains (June 14).
  • A Saratoga & North Creek passenger train in northern New York, following the scenic Hudson River and led by rare BL2 diesels (June 15); passengers will have the option of riding Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express between Rutland and Saratoga Springs.
  • A VRS passenger train from Rutland to Bellows Falls and return over the Green Mountain Railroad and the former route of the original Steamtown excursions (June 16).
  • A VRS passenger train from Rutland to Burlington and return, including a two-hour layover at the Burlington waterfront or a three-hour tour of the famous Shelburne Museum (June 18).
  • A rare mileage trip from Rutland to the Omya processing plant on the remains of the original Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad near Florence, VT (June 19).
  • A VRS passenger excursion train between Rutland and North Bennington/Hoosic Junction and return.

Dome, lounge and business car seating are available, as well as coach and table seats; premium seating tickets are limited and are already sold out for some of the trains.

Non-rail events will include heritage tours covering the New England Maple Museum, Cabot Cheese, Quechee Gorge State Park, the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, the Vermont Marble Museum and more. One tour is sold out but a wait list is being taken for a possible second section.

The convention will feature the NRHS annual membership meeting, reception and banquet, plus history seminars about regional railroading.

The convention will be based at the Rutland Holiday Inn, which will host all convention meetings, seminars and the annual banquet.

The hotel is offering a rate of $99 for one person, $119 for two, $139 for three and $159 for four, which includes a free hot buffet breakfast offered in advance of event departures.

Coach tickets remain available for all rail trips and a few premium seats remain on some trips. The hotel still has rooms open.

Rutland is reached via Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express. Connections with the Amtrak national system are available in New York City and Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y.

Tickets can be purchased at the convention website:

NRHS Revokes Lake Shore Chapter’s Charter

December 20, 2014


The Lake Shore Chapter of the National Railway History has had its charter revoked after none of the group members renewed their membership in 2014.

The chapter, based in North East, Pa., also had not communication with the NRHS home office regarding its status.

The NRHS board of directors voted to revoke the charter during a meeting held Nov. 15-16.

According to the NRHS website, the Lake Shore Chapter had 37 members. It was founded in 1956.



New NRHS President Looking to Make Changes

November 4, 2014

Details are starting to emerge about changes in store for the National Railway Historical Society and already they are coming under fire.

NRHS President Al Weber recently posted a letter on the society’s website that said that some NRHS publications will only be published online.

Weber said the incoming NRHS board of directors will soon decide if the Bulletin will continue to be published and, if so, how often that it will be produced.

Weber said the board will consider bringing back the Annual Actives issue as an online only publication.

However, former NRHS President Greg Molloy told Trains magazines that he doubts that the changes will be enough to save the 80-year-old organization.

“The latest letter to the membership talks about continuing services and even expanding them, but it doesn’t address the fundamental issues of what those products and services will be and how we are going to pay for them,” Molloy said. “Nor does it address some of the less exciting but more critical issues we are facing in the short term – how to re-start suppliers who have stopped work on NRHS programs, how to solicit and process dues and donations to keep anything running, and whether the traditional income sources will generate enough revenue to keep the lights on.”

Molloy described the future of the NRHS as “highly uncertain at this point” and that the plan outlined by Weber doesn’t address the group’s big issues: declining membership and revenue.

In 2013 the NRHS lost $72,000 and more than three times that amount the year before. Last year NRHS had 11,573 members, a 7.2 percent drop from 2012.

Weber narrowly defeated Molloy earlier this year in the NRHS presidential election. Molloy had strongly supported an NRHS reorganization plan that the NRHS board defeated in September.

That plan would have, among other things, downplayed the role of chapters and sought to make NRHS a donor-based rather than a member-based organization.

Weber said in the letter posted to the NRHS website that although the model was voted down, parts of it will be implemented in the coming years.

He voted against the model because he disagreed with the plan to move away from the chapter-based model.

“We appreciate the New Business Model committee for their time and effort in putting this plan together, (and) even though it did not pass, many gains for the society will come from,” Weber wrote.

The new NRHS board of directors will be seated at the Fall Conference to be held in Johnson City, Tenn., on Nov. 15.