posted Apr 10, 2019, 7:50 AM by James Lilly   [ updated Apr 13, 2019, 2:03 PM ]

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Amtrak notified us that our requested movements for all of our upcoming Spring, 2019 private rail car trips and events aboard Dover Harbor have been cancelled/denied.  As a result, we are unable to operate the following planned trips/events: American Music on Dover Harbor, May 19, 2019; The New Yorker, May 24-28, 2019; Pennsylvanian – West & East, May 25-27, 2019 and Tidewater Traveler – Garden Sense, June 2, 2019.  Passengers who had reservations for these trips have been notified of the cancellation and refunds are being issued.

Amtrak cited recent changes in their private rail car operating policies in Washington, D.C. where we principally operate from) as the basis for the cancellations.  Private rail cars may no longer be switched onto or off of almost all trains in Washington, D.C., and may not park in Washington. D.C.  Amtrak said the changes are in order to accommodate construction now underway at Washington Union Station including the Concourse Modernization Project (https://nec.amtrak.com/project/washington-union-station-concourse-modernization-project/ ), track 22 platform reconstruction, track 27/28 platform reconstruction and other preparatory work leading to Amtrak’s Second Century Plan (https://nec.amtrak.com/project/washington-union-stations-2nd-century/).  The construction, and corresponding restrictions on private car operations in Washington. DC, is expected to last for at least two years.

While these new policies will affect our traditional private rail car trip offerings from Washington, D.C. for a period of time, please know that we will continue DCNRHS' longstanding tradition of offering rail oriented trips.  Work is already underway to make other opportunities available to enjoy the comfort and elegance of Pullman travel on Dover Harbor.  Please watch our web site (www.dcnrhs.org), and future editions of The Timetable and Trip News year for announcements about these opportunities.   

Our other non-Dover Harbor trips will operate as planned, including the upcoming B&O Railroad Explorer on Saturday, June 1, 2019; the Metropolitan Explorer on Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Baltimore: Railroading’s Hometown, Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14, 2019.  Please join us for these great tours!

Two versions of Passenger Technology - DOVER HARBOR sits alongside an ACELA Trainset at Washington, D.C. Union Station in November 2017 - Photo by J. Lilly.

Board of Directors Adopts DCNRHS 2030 Strategic Plan

posted Apr 1, 2019, 7:15 PM by James Lilly

DCNRHS' Board of Directors at the March 11, 2019 Meeting adopted a new vision and strategy for the future of DCNRHS.  For details and to read the plan, click here

1941 Capitol Limited at Silver Spring, MD

posted Feb 28, 2019, 2:56 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Mar 3, 2019, 1:51 PM ]

Davidson Miller, the father of one of our members and DOVER HARBOR volunteers Eric Miller, took this wonderful photo of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Capitol Limited at Silver Spring, MD circa 1941.  The locomotives are E6A and E6B Diesels.  Amtrak's train by the same name still serves this route but no longer stops at this iconic station on Georgia Avenue. The train is painted in the striking royal blue, silver, and gold pin striping livery created by Otto Kuhler. Note the Nash dealership in the background; this building is extant.The Capitol Limited was the first dieselized streamlined train in the east.

Wear Your Vintage 40s Clothing or Railroad Uniform, or Your Military Uniform

posted Feb 20, 2019, 7:04 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 7:06 PM ]

The Chapter has announced additional details about our 75th anniversary gala, including news that participants  are invited to wear their US oriented vintage 40s clothing, vintage railroad uniforms, or their military uniform.  Feel free to come like the couple in this picture from the archives of the Library of Congress. Active Duty and former service members are welcome uniforms from any era. 

New Vintage Photo from the DCNRHS Archives

posted Feb 20, 2019, 6:55 PM by James Lilly

This is a photo taken at Washington, D.C. Union station after the wreck of the Federal Express on January 15, 1953. For the story of this real-life runaway train, see the article on our web site.  The hoto is from our Chapter archives. 

1940s B&O Train from Washington, D.C. Westward (video)

posted Feb 10, 2019, 8:50 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 8:51 PM ]

This is one of our favorite videos, a classic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad video showing just what it was like to ride a train in the 1940s.  It shows it from a passenger and a crew perspective, with some spectacular footage.  We hope you will enjoy it. Enjoy. 

B&O Passenger Train 1940

2019 Dover Harbor Calendar Now Available

posted Jan 21, 2019, 6:16 AM by James Lilly   [ updated Jan 21, 2019, 6:19 AM ]

Our 2019 Free Dover Harbor Calendar is now available here for download. New to this year is a listing of all our monthly programs on the backside.  The calendar also identifies all major holidays.  This years calendar sports a picture of Dover Harbor on a trip to Roanoke, VA.  Photo by Monty Smith.

New President Takes Office

posted Jan 7, 2019, 3:23 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Jan 7, 2019, 3:24 PM ]

John K. Eldridge, a retired U.S. Navy CAPTAIN, has taken the reigns of DCNRHS leadership as our President.   Welcome aboard John, although we do not have nuclear reactors aboards the Dover Harbor, we did at one time have torpedoes (railroad torpedoes that is).  John's biography is available here.

75th Anniversary Gala Details Announced!

posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:11 AM by James Lilly

Three quarters of a century ago, a small group came together in Washington to create the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In 2019, we celebrate the remarkable 75th Anniversary of that event. Sunday, March 31, 2019 DCNRHS will host our Annual Gala Celebrating the 75 years of DCNRHS service and accomplishment as an educational philanthropic organization. We have a new venue for the event, the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia.  The event will begin at 6 pm. Our theme will be Railroading in 1944:  The World that Created the Chapter

The year of the Chapter’s founding was significant. In 1944, WW II had turned in the Allies favor, and it was generally thought that they would soon defeat the Axis powers and banish Fascism from Europe and Japanese  aggression from the Pacific. A year later, the Axis surrendered unconditionally, and railroads pivoted to what they believed to be a coming era of peacetime prosperity.

What, really, was the year 1944 like in the United States, and especially in the Washington, D.C., region? Why would a small group of railroaders and railfans think it was a good time to form a NRHS Chapter and think they could make a difference? That will be the topic of the keynote address. We are delighted to welcome noted rail historian John P. Hankey as our guest speaker for this special event. He brings 50 years of experience and perspective to the field of Railway History and Heritage. He also is a longstanding friend and supporter of the Chapter and uniquely qualified to place our 75th Anniversary into a larger context. John is known for his wide-ranging and challenging presentations, and we expect that he will leave us thinking about Washington’s railroad heritage in ways we never have before.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a very special evening as we remember and celebrate the three quarters of a century of Chapter accomplishments! Tickets will be available from our web site soon.

BREAKING NEWS:  Attendees who have vintage World War II era Military Uniforms (U.S.) or vintage Railroad Uniforms are encouraged to wear them to the gala. 

Presidential Transition

posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:03 AM by James Lilly   [ updated Dec 2, 2018, 12:04 AM ]

After six+ years of faithful service and dedication to the mission and members of our organization, DCNRHS President Scarlett Wirt is stepping down at the end of her term (December 31st). On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we wish to say thank you Scarlett for a job well done.  During her tenure as President DCNRHS restored 3 baggage cars, restored the Collinsville Inn to mainline service, repainted Dover Harbor, was the recipient of several grants, and worked hard to strengthen our financial processes. While many volunteers are involved in our operationsw, much of the credit for those and accomplishments is rightfully shared with Scarlett and reflective of her leadership, tenacity, and vision. 

In January, CAPT John Eldrige, USN, (Retired) will assume the role of DCNRHS President.  Welcome aboard John.  While leading an all volunteer organization that sails down the rails frequently in a 1923 Pullman car is probably a bit different than commanding a Los Angeles class Attack Submarine, we are excited to have you at the helm of the organization and are sure you are up to the task!

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