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Upcoming Seminars & Programs

August 21, 2020 7:30 PM The Railway Gun's Last 60 Miles Registration Link. Join DCNRHS President, John Eldridge, as he chats a bit about the history of the Railway Gun and explores the logistical feats involved in moving the railway gun from the Naval Weapons Station at Dahlgren, VA, to the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC, -- its last move. A free on-line program open to the public. Registration will open about August 1. 
September 18, 2020 7:30 pm Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - On-line Program  John Garner, Executive Director of the WMSR, will talk about the latest happenings with the locomotives, freight and RDC cars owned by the WMSR. Free and open to the public. Registration opens approximately September 1st. 
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Fall trip operations being planned.  Stay tuned. September 1, 2020 COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) National Emergency Update 
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Recent Announcements

  • July Program on East Broad Top Railroad Now Available on our YouTube Channel Our July 17th on-line program was a feature on the East Broad Top Railroad, past, present, and future.  Nine years after it ceased operation, Pennsylvania’s storied EBT has ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2020, 8:33 PM by James Lilly
  • First On-line Program Now on our YouTube Channel. Our first on-line program, Union Station and Washington, D.C. is now available on our YouTube Channel.  Generally speaking we plan to make our public programs available on-line ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2020, 7:21 AM by James Lilly
  • Making the most of downtime! The national pandemic has delayed our 2020 planned trips.  We plan to be up and running this fall.  In the interim Chapter volunteers, working safely, have been making some improvements ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 6:34 PM by James Lilly
  • Innovating Again! On-line Public Programming Announced DCNRHS is pleased to announce that our public programming in June and July will be available on-line.  Since we cannot meet in person while we are social distancing, DCNRHS ...
    Posted May 28, 2020, 8:35 AM by James Lilly
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Safety Rule of the Month - History Archives

August 2020

Rule 103.  Passing trains must be observed. If any condition is noticed indicating danger, endeavor to signal trainmen.

[Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. Safety Rules, Effective October 1, 1957.]

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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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