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Upcoming Seminars & Programs

May 21, 2021 7:30 PM A Railroad Related Topic to Be Announced  Free and Open to the Public.  
June 18, 2021 7:30 PM A Railroad Related Topic to Be Announced  Free and open to the public. 
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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

  • 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
  • Southern Railway Serves the South - 1950s Film We think you'll enjoy this vintage 1950s film of the Southern Railway, one of the heritage railways that served Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
    Posted Feb 24, 2021, 3:05 PM by James Lilly
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Safety Rule of the Month - History Archives

April 2021

Rule 15. The explosion of one torpedo is a signal to stop; the explosion of two not more than 200 and not less than 100 feet apart is a signal to reduce speed and look out for a stop signal.

Torpedoes must not be placed near stations or public crossings, not where persons are liable to be injured by them.

Grand Trunk Railway System Effective June 18, 1911.


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
* Photo from collection of Bill Hakkarinen

 PRR GG1 at Union Station- 1964
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