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Upcoming Seminars & Programs

May 21, 2021 7:30 PM Amtrak in the Early Days Register Now! Ira Silverman, a 20-year employee of Amtrak, will provide a fascinating glimpse into the start and the early years at Amtrak. Plan to join us for this on-line, free program and hear his perspective as he offers reminiscences of Amtrak’s early days. Free on-line program open to the public. 
June 18, 2021 7:30 PM The Agony and Ecstasy of Private Car Ownership   Ever wondered how and why someone is tempted to own a private car. Join us for an insightful glimpse of one owner’s adventure in to private car ownership. An on-line program. Free and open to the public. Registration opens about June 1st.  
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Charter Operations open. Trip operations in the planning stages.  Stay tuned. April 1, 2021 COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) National Emergency Update 
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Recent Announcements

  • Sneak Peak DCNRHS' cadre of volunteers has been hard at work over the winter doing major renovations of the DOVER HARBOR's six double-bedrooms.  Each room now sports new paint and ...
    Posted by James Lilly
  • DCNRHS receives $12,000 Grant. On behalf of DCNRHS, the Operations & Equipment Committee is please to announce that we have been awarded a $12,000 grant for the DOVER HARBOR.  This will help us complete ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2021, 4:07 PM by James Lilly
  • Library is Open! After a year long shutdown, our Library has reopened in accordance with City of Bowie policy.  For complete details see their press release.  Museum hours are 12 to 1 ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2021, 2:12 PM by James Lilly
  • Thundering Rails... "America is a land of trains" Enjoy this 1948 American Association of Railroads promotional video "Thundering Rails".
    Posted Mar 16, 2021, 7:24 PM by James Lilly
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Safety Rule of the Month - History Archives

May 2021

Rule 2. You will look your engine and tender over thoroughly at the end of each trip. You will be held responsible for the condition of the ash pan and smoke stack, and will see that they are in good order, so as to prevent the escape of fire, that would be liable to endanger the train or property upon the line of the road. 

Rule 6. You will in no case allow the furnace door to be opened for the purpose of regulating the steam, but will, in all cases see that the damper is used for that purpose; as running with the furnace door open is very injurious to the tubes, and liable to set fires along the road. 

Rule 10. You will in no case be allowed to carry more than 125 pounds of steam. 

Source: Rules and Regulations to be observed by Locomotive Engineers in the employ of the Central Pacific Railroad Company March 1874. Written by A. J. Stevens, General Master Mechanic.


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


Travel a Legend: Pullman Dover Harbor

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We are often asked about the Wreck of the Federal at Union Station which happened January 15, 1953.  The Federal was an express overnight train from Boston to Washington that became a runaway and crashed into Union Station 5 days before the first Eisenhower Inaugural.   We have a detailed article on the incident you can read, as well as a YouTube Video about it by an individual who was there that day. 

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Capitol Limited at Washington Union Station - circa 1959
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 PRR GG1 at Union Station- 1964
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