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!

New and Improved Monthly Programs set to roll out in January

posted Dec 1, 2018, 11:49 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 11:52 PM ]

Throughout 2019, the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (DCNRHS), is sponsoring monthly programs featuring topics in transportation history by expert speakers. These programs are free and open to the public. For more information see our programs page.

Our 2019 programs will be presented at The Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum, located in Old Town Alexandria at 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, a new venue for us. 

The Lyceum features free parking in their adjacent lot and there is also metered street parking available. The Lyceum is also accessible via the City of Alexandria's free King Street Trolley, which transports passengers from the King Street Metrorail Station (across the tracks from Amtrak/VRE). The free trolley operates seven days a week from 11:30 am to 10 pm. 

Celebrating 75 Years in 2019

posted Nov 7, 2018, 6:50 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 6:50 PM ]

DCNRHS is celebrating our Diamond Anniversary in 2019.  To celebrate, the Chapter Board of Directors commissioned a special 75th anniversary logo. The logo concept was developed by one of our members, Bill Adams. Can you find the diamond in our logo?  

Train Day at the Library - Sunday, Nov. 25

posted Nov 7, 2018, 6:44 PM by James Lilly

Again this year, the Library Committee is hosting “Train Day” at Bowie Tower on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) – the railfan’s favorite holiday. This is the day when Amtrak runs the most trains of the year as people return from the Thanksgiving “exodus,” and there will be lots of action on the Northeast Corridor, which is adjacent to the tower. The library will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Enjoy cider and donuts courtesy of the Library Committee, view the Chessie System caboose, and browse the wonderful DCNRHS collections which are housed in the tower. When: Sunday, November 25, 2018, 10 am – 4 pm Where: Martin F. O’Rourke Memorial Railroad Library Bowie Huntington Railroad Museum 8614 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, MD 20715

Everett Railroad Charter Memories

posted Oct 8, 2018, 12:14 PM by James Lilly

On August 25, 2018, DCNRHS sponsored a charter photo freight on the Everett Railroad.  Our motive power for the day was a restored steam locomotive. Thanks to the generosity of several participants who shared their images of the event, and to Guerin Goldsmith who put together a wonderful 5 minute video, we share with you some memories of the trip. Reminisce with us, on a journey into yesteryear, on the Everett Railroad.

DCNRHS sponsors a variety of trips and events each year to help, educating the public about America's railroads and their rich and storied history!  Membership in DCNRHS is open to all. 

Everett Railroad Reminisce - 8 - 25 - 2018


The First Big Diamond Anniversary Reveal - Coming Soon!

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:19 PM by James Lilly

Look here soon for the big reveal! We will be posting your first look at our 75th Anniversary Celebration Logo.  In 2019 DCNRHS celebrates our 75th year of service to the Washington,D.C. community and the rail heritage community at large. For nearly 75 years we have been providing and conducting educational  projects and programs on on subjects related to railroading and its rich and storied history.  We developed a special logo to help celebrate our Diamond Anniversary. 

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