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. 

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.

YouTube Video


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.

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