Posts Tagged ‘National Railway Historical Society’

NRHS, Trains Sponsoring Photo Contest

November 11, 2021

The National Railway Historical Society is partnering with Trains magazine to sponsor a railroad photograph contest. The theme of the contest is “still soldiering on.”

“We see this as relevant to nearly any type of railroading — steam, diesel, tourist operations, transit,” said Jeff Smith, editor of the NRHS Bulletin and head of the photo contest committee. “Still Soldiering On doesn’t have to be about old locomotives still in operation, it could be a line, station, or intercity passenger service that has been around for a hundred years.”

Contestants are invited to submit up to three low-resolution images (1200 pixels on longest edge).

Images should not be altered beyond minor color corrections, burning, dodging, and levels adjustments.

Entries should be sent as JPG files to by June 1, 2022. Photographers should include with their entries their full name and phone number. No mailed submissions will be accepted.

The top prize is a $1,000 cash award. Runner up entries will be awarded $500 for second place and $250 for third place. The next five runner up entries will receive a three-year subscription to Trains or an equivalent Trains product.

All winners also receive a one-year membership in NRHS. Winning photographs will be announced in the November 2022 issue of Trains.

I Found Another Lookout Mountain Photograph

October 27, 2021

When I wrote the article and sent a photograph of observation car Lookout Mountain, I was thinking the photo was the only time had I have captured that car.

While preparing for some upcoming stories, I found I had photographed Lookout Mountain one other time and gotten better images.

I attended the 1984 National Railway Historical Society convention in Cincinnati with Marty Surdyk, Bill Sudyk, Robert Surdyk and John Surdyk.

We rode two trips and chased the trip Sept. 2 trip that Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulled on the ex-Chesapeake & Ohio mainline along the Ohio River.

The trip originated at the ex-Southern yard in Ludlow, Kentucky. The train had to back over the Southern bridge over the Ohio River to Queensgate yard in Cincinnati to get to the C&O route.

The first three photographs were made on the Cincinnati side as the train is reversing, with a good shot of the Lookout Mountain.

The next three images show the train on the C&O crossing the river into Covington, Kentucky.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Some Favorites From the 1992 NRHS Convention

August 29, 2020

Espee 2472 at Santa Clara, California.

The 1992 National Railway Historical Society Convention was held in San Jose, California, and featured steam trains and commuter trains. One of the stars of the convention was Southern Pacific 4-6-2 No. 2472, which pulled excursions trains on the Peninsula. All of the images shown here were captured on July 23, 1992, between San Jose and San Francisco.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Caltrain commuter train at Burlingame, California.

At the Paul Avenue Caltrain station at Bayview outside San Francisco. What was unique was the station was in between two tunnels. The station has since closed on Aug. 1, 2005.

The steam excursion heads toward San Francisco while the commuter train heads to San Jose.

What a Time We Had in Roanoke in 1987

June 18, 2020

At Blue Ridge Parkway catching the Roanoke to Lynchburg double header. Jim Wrinn, now the editor of Trains magazine must have been standing very close to me in the photo line. His photo on page 70 of 611 In Steam from 2015 is almost a duplicate of mine. The smoke, rods and pickup truck on parallel road are just about the same position.

The 1987 National Railway Historical Society convention continued on Friday, July 31, 1987, in downtown Roanoke at the equipment display trackside in front of the Hotel Roanoke.

Saturday Aug. 1, 1987, has to rank with me as one of my favorite excursions of all time.

It featured Norfolk & Western No. 611 pulling the passenger train from Roanoke to Radford, Virginia, marching up Christiansburg grade alongside N&W 1218 with a 50-car hopper train.

We were positioned in the Central of Georgia Fort Mitchell combine baggage door and witnessed spectacular sights and sounds.

I remember commenting to Marty Surdky that I was convinced that heaven would be just like this. At Radford the train was double-headed back to Roanoke.

On Sunday, Aug. 2, 1987, there was a doubleheader from Roanoke to Lynchburg, Virginia, We set up on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the premier shot of the week.

N&W 1218 would return the train to Roanoke but at Lynchburg N&W 611 would head south on the former Southern. The long drive home had us recalling all the fun we had that week.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

The equipment display included Best Friend of Charleston, a modern NS diesel, N&W 1218, N&W 611 and a Southern FP7.

The photo runby at Salem, Virginia, on Aug. 1, 1987.

Above and below: Side-by-side pacing near Montgomery, Virginia, on Aug. 1, 1987.

The photo runby at Vicker during the return to Roanoke from Radford.

N&W 1218 on the return trip at Forest, Virginia.

NRHS Cancels 2020 National Convention

June 4, 2020

The National Railway Historical Society has canceled its 2020 national convention in Southern California over issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email sent to members, NRHS said its officers and directors decided to scrap the event due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the inability of NRHS staff to receive a firm commitment from the host hotel that the venue would be fully operational in August.

The email mentioned that the state of California may not be ready for large gatherings by August and the ages of many members puts them into a vulnerable position if traveling.

NRHS will now turn its efforts toward finding a site for a convention in 2021.

Registrants for the 2020 convention will receive full refunds.

In place of what would have been the 2020 annual membership meeting NRHS will hold an online video webinar.

Details as to the date and time of that event are pending.

1983 Highlights: Steam and Amtrak

April 28, 2020

Amtrak took me to visit my sister Janet and her husband, Billy, in Libertyville, Illinois, in July 1983.

I then rode Amtrak to Richmond, Virginia, for the 1983 National Railway Historical Society Convention.

The photo of the eastbound Empire Builder at Rondout, Illinois, was made on Thanksgiving Day 1983 prior to dinner at Janet and Billy’s home. The entire Ribinskas family drove in from Ohio for that holiday.

Also among my favorites from 1983 is a photograph of a Milwaukee Road train that I made waiting for a commuter train at the Libertyville station for the trip to Union Station to catch Amtrak on my way to Richmond on July 19.

Another favorite is an image of myself posing in front of Norfolk & Western No. 611 on our convention excursion from Richmond to Balcony Falls, Virginia, on July 21, 1983.

This was my introduction to the 611 which has become my favorite steam locomotive.

In that photo I am wearing my favorite Chessie Steam Special hat that I unfortunately left in the hotel when we were attending the 1984 NRHS Convention in Cincinnati. I never saw that hat again.

I’m featuring a couple of images from the 1983 NRHS convention, including the N&W 611 photo run by at Balcony Falls.

There is also the Southern F unit on July 22 at the triple crossing in Richmond in a photo op set up in which I was standing next to the late Jim Boyd, a famous railroad photographer who was once editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Highlighting 1982: Circle Trip in the Rockies

April 26, 2020

My only photos that I found from 1981 were a few so-so images of Chesapeake & Ohio No. 614 when it ran from Columbus, Ohio, to Russell, Kentucky. That trip and everything else from that year were regular movies.

So here are my favorites of 1982 which all are a circle trip with the National Railway Historical Society Convention in Colorado.

From top to bottom the photographs show the Rio Grande Zephyr in Gore Canyon on July 10.

On the Durango & Silverton on July 11 are K28 Mikado No. 473 departing and K36 Mikado No. 481’s train soon to be boarded at Durango on July 11; and K 28 Mikado No. 473 picking up an order at a McDonalds.

Shown on the Cumbres & Totec Scenic is K36 Mikado No. 487 during a lunch stop at Osier on July 13,1982; and a brakeman atop passenger-carrying converted boxcars at Cumbres Pass.

The series wraps up with Union Pacific 8444 (844) at Denver Union Station preparing for trip to LaSalle, Colorado, on July 15.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Little News Leads to Newsletter Cancellation

March 28, 2020

A dearth of news has prompted the National Railway Historical Society to cancel publication of its March newsletter.

The NRHS News issue for March is normally printed and mailed to all members.

But in an email notice, Valli Hoski, the editor of the News, said many chapters and organizations have cancelled or rescheduled their events, programs and meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next issue of the News will be a PDF issue published in April. Hoski said the next printed issue of the News will be sent out at an unspecified date later this year.

In his email, Hoski asked NRHS chapters to send news and photographs of past fun events, programs, excursions as well as upcoming anniversaries and projects.

NRHS Delays Convention to Late Summer

March 26, 2020

The National Railway Historical Society has delayed its 2020 convention to near the Labor Day weekend.

The convention has been set for June 8-13 in Buena Park, California. In an email sent to members, NRHS President Al Weber said the delay was due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that the latest guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restrict events of more than 10 people and it is not known how long that will be in effect.

Weber said all the event venues have been contacted and are still available in late summer.

Holding the convention in late summer is not unprecedented, Weber said.

An update about the convention is expected to be issued in late April.

NRHS Won’t Hold Spring Conference in Cincinnati

March 12, 2020

The National Railway Historical Society has canceled all events that had been scheduled to take place at its spring 2020 conference in Cincinnati.

In an email message sent to NRHS members the Society cited concerns about the coronavirus including recommendations from health officials regarding meetings and travel.

NRHS said its officers determined that gathering for the conference could be risky and would not be recommended.

Those who made reservations for the event at the Marriott Cincinnati North Hotel are responsible for canceling their room reservation by contacting Marriott at 800-228-9290 or 513-874-7335.

The Cincinnati Chapter, NRHS, which was to host the conference, will issue a refund for the events to all registrants.

However, the registration fee will not be part of the refund.