PS - Camera phones encouraged!
Photo by J. Lilly
Inside Washington Union Station is a statue of A. Philip Randolph (1889 – 1979). Mr. Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925 and was a prominent figure in the labor and civil rights movements. The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was the first African American U.S. Labor Union.
Evoking memories of the classic east coast first-class heavy weight passenger train the Orange Blossom Special, which carried snowbirds to Florida from the Northeast during railroading's golden years, The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (DCNRHS) is offering a trip to the sunshine state aboard classic Heavyweight Pullman Dover Harbor to help you escape the winter blues! The Florida Special departs Friday evening, March 17th from Washington, D.C. In the best traditions of the legendary Pullman Company, meals, cocktails, and beverages will be served by a white-jacketed porter who will attend to passengers needs, help with luggage and even shine dress shoes. Passengers will each have a comfy Pullman berth, access to a shower, and full use of the spacious lounge for relaxation, conversation, pictures, cards, or the pleasures of a good book. Dover Harbor will arrive in Florida on the 18th. Passengers will have several days to enjoy sandy beaches, warm waters, and attractions of America's winter getaway state at a destination of their choice! The return adventure begins March 22nd as Dover Harbor departs Miami in late morning arriving back in Washington, D.C. mid-afternoon on 23 March.
DCNRHS has a limited number of slots available for sale to the public.
Visit http://www.dcnrhs.org/a/dcnrhs.org/home/travel-with-us/trips/2017031701 for more complete details and to reserve your space on this event today. All proceeds from the trip benefit the programs of DCNRHS, a not-for-profit founded in 1944.
William (Bill) H. Phillips, III
1944 – 2016
It is with great sadness that we report the death of member William (Bill) Phillips. Bill passed away on December 31 at age 72 after a short illness. Bill was an investment consultant, a church leader, and a neighborhood activist. He also had considerable experience in politics as a Capitol Hill staffer, a fundraiser, and campaign manager. An avid rail buff, Bill was a familiar face as a steward on the Dover Harbor and regularly volunteered as a server for the yearly Chef’s Table event. Recently, he had been acting as a neighborhood liaison with CSX during the construction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel replacement, which is adjacent to the Garfield Park neighborhood where he lived. Bill and his wife, Monica, enjoyed a cross country rail trip just this past October that included dinner on board the Coast Starlight as the sun set over the Pacific. Bill was skilled in woodworking and kept Dover Harbor’s wood trim expertly polished. He is survived by his wife, Monica Sullivan, two children, several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and a sister. His complete obituary appeared in the Washington Post on Wednesday, January 4.
Bill will be greatly missed. He was a consummate Porter. Always there when a passenger needed something with a big smile, and attentive, but quiet and not obtrusive. He is one of the few people in DCNRHS who could run the entire lounge of the Dover Harbor (24 passengers) by himself. As Chapter member and fellow crew member Jim Lilly put it "He was a model member, a model porter, an all around gentleman, and just a joy to work with. I am crushed at his loss." That would seem to sum it up nicely.
Bill was buried on January 6, in Beltsville, MD, with a heavyweight Pullman pin in his label. The picture shows Bill working in the lounge of Dover Harbor on July 4, 2015. Photo by J. Lilly
DCNRHS is an organization is motion, as this picture, taken from the rear of our restored passenger car Franklin Inn as he rockets up Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, shows. As 2017 dawns, join us or renew your membership. We already have great plans for 2017. Our Banquet has been announced as well as the first of our trips, the Florida Special. We are also offering our RailCamp Scholarship so if you know of a worthy applicant, share the information with him or her.
Read this article by Chapter member and 2016 Railcamp Scholarship winner Bill Didden. He calls his Railcamp experience "amazing." Bill was one of two senior high students DCNRHS awarded scholarships to in 2016 to attend RailCamp. Beyond our RailCamp efforts, DCNRHS provides a monthly educational program, offers historic tours and events, restores and operates vintage railroad equipment that enables thousands of people to ride aboard our cars each year on the rails of North America, gets involved in public projects through Section 106 initiatives, and provides historical information for a variety of venues, including this web site. Your support of DCNRHS through donations and patronage helps to make programs like this possible.
Our 2017 Color Dover Harbor Calendar is now available for download here. In what has become a tradition in the railfan community, our one-page calendar is a handy annual reference for the entire year with federal holidays highlighted. The feature photo this year shows Dover Harbor on the Potomac Eagle Railway on September 4, 2016.
We will be having cider and donuts, both for the crew and the public.
We will be giving away coffee-table books and magazines to the public all day while they last. The tower should be open, and the new caboose!
Sunday November 27, 2016 (and Saturday):
Where: City of Bowie / DCNRHS train library
Bowie Railroad Museum
8614 Chestnut Ave.
Bowie, MD 20715
When: 10am - 4:00pm
Photo of Tower and new caboose from trackswide by Erik Delfino
View looking soundbound - Photo by Teresa Renner
The Williamsburg, VA depot is a beautiful station built by the C&O Railway and still serving Amtrak passengers today. Once a common site would have been a train of heavyweight Pullmans headed west. On October 29, 2016, through the photographic talents of Logan Dahir, we were able to recreate a bit of that nostalgia and Americana with our own Pullman Dover Harbor as she brings up the markers on Amtrak No. 66, headed for Washington, D.C.
DCNRHS is once again sponsoring a scholarship to RailCamp in 2017. This year we are sponsoring a scholarship for one lucky high school student to RailCamp in East Newark, DE. Information about RailCamp and our scholarship are available on our RailCamp page. If you know of a high-school age student with an interest in railroading, please pass this information along.
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