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December 18, 2020 7:30 PM A Very Dover Holiday Register Now! Join the DCNRHS members as we celebrate a social distancing holiday event. Chef Fran will make us a signature cocktail (recipe in the Dec Timetable so you can make one or two at home!). Chief Mechanical Officer Jim Lilly will take us on a tour of the renovated Dover Harbor. Come join us for an interactive holiday session. Free and open to the public. An on-line program. Registration is now open. 
January 15, 2021 7:30 PM History of the Bureau of Explosives  Did you know that the railroads had a group dedicated to the safe transportation of explosives and other dangerous goods? Come hear Jim Perry and other former staff of this small, but great organization, discuss the history, ‘glory’ days, and shifting focus of the Bureau of Explosives. Come join us for an interactive holiday session. Free and open to the public. An on-line program. Registration will open about January 1. 
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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

  • 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
  • Steam, Snow, and the Holidays... Steam engines and snow are two things that often remind of of the nostalgic days when many traveled home for the holidays by rail.  From all of us at DCNRHS ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:22 PM by James Lilly
  • The Making of "Pullman: America's Hotel on Wheels" Our YouTube channel's latest addition is The Making of "Pullman: America's Hotel on Wheels."  Years in the planning and making, Kalmbach released the documentary in October. Join us ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2020, 6:22 PM by James Lilly
  • Washington's Best Restaurant One of our members recently acquired a postcard with a picture of the original restaurant from Union Station circa the 1910s.  Savarins, as the restaurant was known, billed itself as ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:32 PM by James Lilly
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Safety Rule of the Month - History Archives

December 2020

Rule 35. Articles of any kind must not be thrown from moving trains.…

[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
* Photo from collection of Bill Hakkarinen

 PRR GG1 at Union Station- 1964
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