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The Metropolitan Explorer Point of Rocks, Gaithersburg, and Brunswick. September 7, 2019 RESERVE NOW! 
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Announcement - April 10, 2019

Important Notice Regarding Spring 2019 DOVER HARBOR Trips

Upcoming Seminars & Programs

July 19, 2019 7:30 PM Washington -- America's North South Gateway Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum Free and open to the public. 
August 16, 2019 7:30 PM Railroading in American Popular Culture Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum Free and open to the public. 
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Recent Announcements

  • Freights at the Ferry Saturday June 8th was a beautiful day along the Potomac River in Maryland and West Virginia.  Member Grant Lilly captured this photo of a CSX freight passing the historic and ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 4:49 PM by James Lilly
  • DCNRHS Receives $10,000 Grant from UPS Foundation for DOVER HARBOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWashington, D.C. - June 12, 2019 - The National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc (DCNRHS) received a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, which ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 4:11 PM by James Lilly
  • DOVER HARBOR in the media The HeritageRail alliance, which DCNRHS is a member of, recently with permission reprinted on their web site an article from The Timetable on the replacement of DOVER HARBOR's carpet ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2019, 5:48 PM by James Lilly
  • Railway Post Office Program Handouts Handouts from the May 17th program on the Railway Post Office are available below.  Railway Mail Service Library Curator Dr. Frank Scheer gave a fascinating talk on the history and ...
    Posted May 21, 2019, 7:21 PM by James Lilly
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Safety Rule of the Month - History Archives

July 2019

The brakeman’s job was historically very dangerous, as the brakeman was required to walk atop the cars of a moving train in all weather to set the hand brakes for the duration of a standard 100-mile division. But the introduction of remotely operated air brakes, along with the use of automatic couplers, and the application of two-way radios have greatly improved the safety of the position and reduced the number of brakemen needed.

Safety Rule Archives


Historic 1923 Pullman on the mainlines of America at Mableton, Georgia


Photo Gallery - Historic Photos & Locations in the Region


Trains around the Metro Washington, D.C. region


Travel a Legend: Pullman Dover Harbor

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Capitol Limited at Washington Union Station - circa 1959
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