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. 

We Did It Together!

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:15 PM by James Lilly

Volunteers hard at work at the Paint Blitz
Thank you to EVERYONE who turned out on September 15, our rain date, for our baggage car painting blitz at Dover Park. After a few nervous moments, when at 8:10 am the clouds opened up and sprinkled everything with a misty morning rain, it cleared up and turned out to be a fantastic day. About 25 energetic volunteers put brushes and rollers to work and were able to finish the exterior painting of the two baggage cars that didn’t get painted last year. We have now painted all three of the cars and they are looking great! Although the baggage cars don’t go anywhere, they are critical support resources which provide work areas and storage for the equipment and supplies that are used to keep our three Amtrak-certified rail cars on the road. The baggage cars are long and it took a lot of paint to cover the approximately 2,600 square feet of exterior railcar surface and several thousand rivets. We ended up applying 11 gallons of paint while using about 20 paint brushes, 12 paint rollers and pans, 10 ladders, and scaffolding! The paint party started about 7 am when the first volunteers arrived and ended just after 6 pm when we locked the gates.

While the painting was going on, the Library Committee held a book sale and swap meet and quite a few people were observed browsing and selecting items to take home. As a result, we were able to raise some new funds for DCNRHS.

Special recognition goes to Wayne Poates and UPS. Wayne (who works for UPS) was instrumental in obtaining UPS participation and the $15,000 grant which funded the supplies we needed for the preparation and repainting of the baggage cars over the last two years. The grant also funded the new water service which we needed to get the cars clean. Wayne has driven up from Richmond numerous times and stayed the weekend at his own expense to help with the painting project. 

Chief Mechanical Officer Jim Lilly expresses special thanks to the members of the Operations and Equipment Committee who have spent several hundred hours over the past two years, cleaning, scraping, and priming the baggage cars and doing major body and sheet metal work. Preparation is the key to a successful paint job and their work made the paint party the success that it was. 

Photo by Mary Ries

Railcar Orientation

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:08 PM by James Lilly

The DCNRHS Operations and Equipment Committee will host a hands-on rail car orientation session open to all DCNRHS members on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The session will take place on board the Dover Harbor at Washington Union Station from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a break for lunch. This is your opportunity to learn about the Chapter’s railcars, the practical aspects of moving them over the railroad, and how service is provided. Attendance is required if you would like to volunteer to be a steward or take on other crew assignments. New members and volunteers are needed and welcome! 


posted Sep 7, 2018, 3:04 PM by James Lilly

The painting blitz, picnic, open house, and book swap scheduled for 9/8/2018 at Dover Park has been rescheduled due to weather.  The new date and time are 9/15/2018 at 9AM.

The RailCamp Experience

posted Aug 28, 2018, 3:13 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 3:14 PM ]

DCNRHS sponsored a camper to RailCamp 2018.  This year's winner was Logan Dahir. Read about Logan's experience, in his own words, here.  And we are now taking applications for our 2019 RailCamp scholarship.  Know of a high-school age student who might be interested?  Share this page with them. DCNRHS pays the full tuition cost for one camper who wins our annual essay contest.

Donna Dolan - Iron Worker

posted Aug 28, 2018, 12:40 PM by James Lilly

John Kelly, author of the Washington Post column John Kelly’s Washington, included volunteer Donna Dolan’s response to his column about ironing his own shirts. From the August 15 column:

“Donna Dolan of Kensington, MD, is active with the Washington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. It maintains a 1923 Pullman rail car called the Dover Harbor, complete with stewards’ jackets, tablecloths, bedding, towels and other fabric items that must be ironed. Donna does this gladly.”

“Passengers on the Chapter’s various trips mention the ‘something special’ about the linen,” she wrote. “My secret: Our linen is soaked, bleached, washed, rinse twice, dried by the sun, and then ironed. It is 1923 all over again!”

Taking Volunteerism to All Heights

posted Aug 19, 2018, 6:18 PM by James Lilly

Saturday, August 18, was a typical work day at Dover Park.  Volunteers were completing a variety of maintenance tasks on our equipment.  Our team does whatever it takes to make sure our cars are in "tip-top" condition.  And speaking of tip-top, here is a photo of volunteer and member Dean Edmonds on a ladder inspecting the roof of the Dover Harbor along with volunteer member John Eldridge, who took the photo.  The job was completed safely. Safety first, last, and always. 

Maybe This is Why It Is Called That....

posted Aug 19, 2018, 6:05 PM by James Lilly

On a trip in March 2018, Dover Harbor was bringing up the markers on Amtrak's Sunset Limited.  As the train headed east through Louisiana at track speed, one of our crew members took this amazing photo looking back as sunset faded into the distance. 

The name Sunset Limited traces its origins to the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway, which was known as the Sunset Route as early as 1874.The name Sunset Limited traces its origins to the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway, which was known as the Sunset Route as early as 1874. 1

*photo by J. Lilly

1sourced from classicstreamliners.com. 

Want to see what it looks like under the Hudson River by Rail?

posted Jul 1, 2018, 5:06 PM by James Lilly

One of our members shot this video on a recent train trip.   It provides the unusual view of the tracks from a train as it travels from New York Penn Station, New York to Newark, NJ Penn Station. This includes passing under the Hudson River in one of the twin Hudson tunnels (built over 100 years ago) and views of the Manhattan skyline.

Video of New York to Newark via train under the Hudson

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