July 16 Program Change

posted Jul 13, 2021, 5:26 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Jul 13, 2021, 5:26 PM ]

For those who signed up for or expected the July 16, 2021 monthly program title to be "Railfan Favorites", this is to advise we had a last minute change for the program in July 2021 due to our scheduled speaker being unavailable unexpectedly. John Eldridge's program "How to Redo a Pullman Bedroom" should be an exceptionally entertaining and interesting stand-in and we thank John wholeheartedly for assisting us.

Classic Pullman at Odenton, MD 6-19-21

posted Jun 19, 2021, 8:43 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Jun 19, 2021, 8:43 PM ]

Local photographer Al Hafner shared the following pictures he captured of the DOVER HARBOR, our 1923 Pullman, at Odenton, MD today bringing up the markers on Amtrak Train No. 91, the Silver Star.  DOVER HARBOR was operated today as a Member's only Chapter trip from New York to Washington, D.C.

More trips are planned for the fall; stay tuned to our web site.   

And NICE CATCH Al. Thanks for sharing with us.




Photos by Al Hafner

DOVER HARBOR returns to the rails post COVID in June 2021

posted May 28, 2021, 3:39 PM by James Lilly

Our classic Pullman resumes operations in June 2021 with a couple charters and a members only trip.  Not a member?  Join today!

We made good use of the downtime over the last year. Our volunteers repainted the lounge, foyer, restroom, and all six bedrooms, reupholstered all of the bedrooms, replaced the tile flooring in the hallways, upgraded the blinds in the lounge, and did some routine maintenance. Great care was given to details in the process.

Interested in your own chartered private railcar trip with exclusive use of the car for you and your family? Contact our Charter Agent.

Want to join us on an upcoming public trip? More coming soon for the fall.


See America... by Pullman.

See America by Pullman


Sneak Peak

posted May 17, 2021, 6:54 PM by James Lilly

DCNRHS' cadre of volunteers has been hard at work over the winter doing major renovations of the DOVER HARBOR's six double-bedrooms.  Each room now sports new paint and new upholstery along with quite a bit of tender loving care given to the details (brass polished, wood refinishing).  Below is a sneak peak photo of Bedroom A.  The car will return to operations in Charter service this summer.  

Enjoy....


DCNRHS receives $12,000 Grant.

posted Mar 31, 2021, 4:06 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Mar 31, 2021, 4:07 PM ]

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 for our Amtrak PC-2A inspection later this year. The  inspection is required for us to keep the DOVER HARBOR Amtrak certified and the only heavyweight revenue Pullman in its original configuration roaming the mainline rails of America unrestricted.  The cost of the inspection is expected to be several times the amount we received, but this is a wonderful help and boost to our chances of completing the project.

“It is a great honor to receive this grant from John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust for the ten-year inspection on the Dover Harbor, our Pullman sleeper-buffet-lounge car,” said President John Eldridge. “This grant helps us pay for our Amtrak PC-2A inspection, which is required for us to keep the Dover Harbor on the rails. A big thank you to Jim Lilly, Kevin Tankersley, and Scarlett Wirt for all their work to make this grant possible.” 

DCNRHS was one of twenty-two successful grants out of the forty-one applications John Emery Trust received. 

John Henckel Emery (1937-2012) was a long-time Chicago resident who was an avid rail enthusiast who loved to ride trains around the world and wanted to help preserve rail equipment and infrastructure that will allow future generations to share his experiences during what he considered the “Golden Age” of railway travel, from 1920 to 1960. The John Emery Rail Heritage Trust is the largest trust in the US that makes 100% of its awards solely for railroad restoration purposes locomotives, rolling stock, and facilities. EMERYRAILHERITAGETRUST.ORG

Library is Open!

posted Mar 31, 2021, 4:01 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Apr 2, 2021, 2:12 PM ]

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 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The museums will close their doors from 1:30 to 2 p.m. to clean high touch surface areas per CDC guidelines.  

  • Everyone must remain 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing.
  • Everyone entering each museum is required to wear a mask at all times and in all areas including restrooms, hallways, and individual rooms.
  • Per the Prince George's County face covering order, masks are required any time you leave home, so masks will also be required outdoors at the museums.
  • Visitors are encouraged to wash hands and use hand sanitizer when available.  

Thundering Rails... "America is a land of trains"

posted Mar 16, 2021, 7:24 PM by James Lilly

Enjoy this 1948 American Association of Railroads promotional video "Thundering Rails".

Thundering Rails


Southern Railway Serves the South - 1950s Film

posted Feb 24, 2021, 3:05 PM by James Lilly

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.

Southern Railway Serves the South - 1950s Film


On the Track..

posted Feb 1, 2021, 6:20 AM by James Lilly

Here is a vintage 1948 American Association of Railroads video promotion the railroads.  Fund, interesting, and history!

On the Track - AAR Video


Now Accepting 2021 RailCamp Scholarship Applications

posted Jan 4, 2021, 5:13 PM by James Lilly

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 present.  For details about the scholarship and applying, see our RailCamp page. 

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