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. 

A Very Dover Holiday

posted Dec 29, 2020, 3:34 PM by James Lilly

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 Mechanical Officer Jim Lilly will take us on a tour of the renovated Dover Harbor. +More. This program is one of a series of on-line monthly programs of the National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter Inc. It was a free program and first aired on 12/18/2020.

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Free 2021 DOVER HARBOR Calendar now available for download

posted Dec 28, 2020, 4:46 PM by James Lilly

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 at Ashland, VA.

Images of Railroading

posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:34 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Nov 30, 2020, 5:43 PM ]

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 rail photography from several well respected rail photographers and members of DCNRHS. 

Steam, Snow, and the Holidays...

posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:22 PM by James Lilly

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, we wish you Happy Holidays.  We hope to see you on the rails with us in 2021.   Photo by J. Lilly.

The Making of "Pullman: America's Hotel on Wheels"

posted Oct 19, 2020, 6:21 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Oct 19, 2020, 6:22 PM ]

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 as Richard Luckin, the film’s producer provides us with a candid discussion about the making of this historic film that you are sure to want for your railroad library. This was a free on-line monthly-program presented by the National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C.Chapter, Inc. first aired live on October 16, 2020.

Washington's Best Restaurant

posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:32 PM by James Lilly

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 Washington's Best Restaurant. It was located in what is known now as the East Hall of Union Station.  At the time it was one of the few places in Washington, D.C. where an African-American could get a meal at a table in a restaurant. Sadly though, it is our understanding is that the proprietors would seat African-American diners behind a screen in one corner of the room.  The picture has also been post on our Union Station page. 

From the DOVER HARBOR Archives

posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:16 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 1:55 PM ]

Back in the early 1980s, not long after DCNRHS acquired our legendary Pullman DOVER HARBOR, we had a big job to do: return the livery to the correct color and lettering. One of our members, Russ Wilcox, set out to do that.  He contacted the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which has heavy weight Pullman of the same era, and made arrangements to trace the lettering on their car Lotos Club.  We recently found some correspondence on this topic, which is shared below.  It just goes to show the great lengths we have gone to return our Pullman to its authentic grandeur!

The Railway Gun Now Posted

posted Sep 20, 2020, 7:23 PM by James Lilly

The video from our August 2020 Program "The Railway Gun's Last 60 Miles is now posted on our YouTube channel. 

July Program on East Broad Top Railroad Now Available on our YouTube Channel

posted Aug 5, 2020, 8:30 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Aug 5, 2020, 8:33 PM ]

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 a new owner, a non-profit foundation organized by a small group of prominent rail-industry figures and longtime EBT fans. Andrew Van Scyoc, President of the Friends of the East Broad Top, and EBT Foundation board members, Brad Esposito and Lawrence Biemiller, talk first-hand about the railroad’s history, future plans, and the ongoing restoration efforts that have preserved this national treasure.The program is now available on our YouTube Channel in two parts. Quicklinks are provided below. 



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