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Upcoming Seminars & Programs

February 19, 2021 7:30 PM Jim Crow on Streetcars - Challenging 'Separate but Equal'  Register now. Join us for a presentation by Trolley Museum docents Erik Miller and Larry Velte, who will present the origins of segregation on streetcars beginning in the 19th century. They will discuss the attempts made nationwide to challenge both the custom and later the codification of "separate but equal" practices. An on-liine program. Free and open to the public. 
March 19, 2021 7:30 PM A Railroad Related Topic to Be Announced  Free and open to the public. 
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Spring operations being planned.  Stay tuned. February 1, 2022 COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) National Emergency Update 
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Recent Announcements

  • Now Accepting 2021 RailCamp Scholarship Applications We are now accepting applications for our G. Lawson Clark Memorial RailCamp Scholarship.  RailCamp is a high-school aged overnight camp for students with an interest in railroading past and ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2021, 5:13 PM by James Lilly
  • A Very Dover Holiday Join DCNRHS members as we celebrate a social distancing holiday event celebrating the holiday season and featuring the Pullman DOVER HARBOR. Chef Fran will make us a signature cocktail. Chief ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2020, 3:34 PM by James Lilly
  • Free 2021 DOVER HARBOR Calendar now available for download The 2021 edition of the DOVER HARBOR Calendar is now available for download.  This year the winning photo was taken by Mary Lilly of Elkridge, MD and shows the car ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2020, 4:46 PM by James Lilly
  • Images of Railroading Our latest monthly program, "Images of Railroading" is now live on our YouTube Channel.  The program first aired on November 20, 2020.  This was a collaborative effort on tips in ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:43 PM by James Lilly
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Safety Rule of the Month - History Archives

January 2021

Rule 107. Conductors and Brakemen must know that the cars in their trains are in good order before starting, and inspect them whenever they have an opportunity to do so, particularly when entering or leaving sidings or waiting for other trains. All cars taken in their train at intermediate stations must be examined with extra care.

[Grand Trunk Railway System, Operating Rules, Effective 18 June 1911.]

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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
* Photo from collection of Bill Hakkarinen

 PRR GG1 at Union Station- 1964
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