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. 

First On-line Program Now on our YouTube Channel.

posted Jun 27, 2020, 6:47 AM by James Lilly   [ updated Jun 27, 2020, 7:21 AM ]

Our first on-line program, Union Station and Washington, D.C. is now available on our YouTube Channel.  Generally speaking we plan to make our public programs available on-line after they are held going forward, but it may not happenin all cases.  It takes time to turn them into a video.   To register for monthly programs, look for the link on the main page of our web site under Upcoming Programs and Seminars and click Register Now. Registration for our July program is now open. 

Making the most of downtime!

posted Jun 14, 2020, 6:34 PM by James Lilly

The national pandemic has delayed our 2020 planned trips.  We plan to be up and running this fall.  In the interim Chapter volunteers, working safely, have been making some improvements to the lounge of the DOVER HARBOR.  Fresh paint and a variety of small touches are in the works, along with new blinds.  This is a herculean effort that has been going on for over two months.  All furniture was removed then every part, right down to every screw, had to be taken off the wall, tagged, and bagged.  Then the walls were sanded, primed, and painted.  Now comes the chore of putting it all back together.  Below are a couple photos.

May 20 - Lounge during painting - Photo by Dennis Dame.

June 14 - Lounge in the process of being put back together - Photo by J. Lilly

Attention to details is what sets DOVER HARBOR apart from the ordinary.  The lounge fan was rebuilt, repainted, and reinstalled. The old paint was painstakingly removed from the fan guard.  Photo by J. Lilly

Innovating Again! On-line Public Programming Announced

posted May 28, 2020, 8:35 AM by James Lilly

DCNRHS is pleased to announce that our public programming in June and July will be available on-line.  Since we cannot meet in person while we are social distancing, DCNRHS is presenting our monthly programs using free on-line meetings. Our first program about Washington, D.C.'s Union Station will be June 19th. Please register for these programs at the link on our main page. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with the information needed to join the presentation.  

Kenneth A. Brooks

posted May 11, 2020, 1:55 PM by James Lilly   [ updated May 19, 2020, 2:56 PM ]

Mr. Kenneth A. Brooks of Washington, D.C. our long-time member and volunteer, well known to many, passed away at home on May 5, 2020.   Funeral arrangements are unknown (if you learn of any, please share) them with us o our contact us page.

NOTE: There is a gofundme page associated with a service for Ken Brooks. Caution note: A DCNRHS member has made repeated unsuccessful attempts to get details about what is being planned and how the money will be spent  from the organizer.  Therefore at this time we cannot reasonably conclude or recommend that anyone should donate to this campaign. Stay tuned. 

Ken served DCNRHS in many capacities over the years, including as Secretary, General Volunteer, and as a Pullman Porter on our 1923 sleeper-buffet-lounge. He was a regular at Chapter events.  We miss him already. 

Below is an image of Ken (foreground) taken by Jim Lilly taken May 11, 2013 (7 years ago today) aboard DOVER HARBOR at Grand Central Terminal in New York, New York.  Ken was serving as a Porter that day and showing several guests through the car. 

Photo by J. Lilly

On-line Company Store Gets Rolling

posted May 9, 2020, 12:33 PM by James Lilly   [ updated May 9, 2020, 12:35 PM ]

DCNRHS launched our new on-line Company Store on May 9, 2020.  We offer a limited assortment of merchandise related to railroads and railroad history.  Most material relate directly to some aspect of our operations.  All proceeds from these sales go to our organization directly benefit the operations and programs we offer. Members of our organization receive a discount on most items. 

The most popular items are the DOVER HARBOR hats and shirts, which we sell on-board our legendary restored 1923 Pullman car DOVER HARBOR

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