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The Wilmington Chapter NRHS Official Newsletter
Internet Edition

VOLUME 32   NUMBER 3 JULY 2009

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APRIL 16, 2009 MEETING NOTES

President Phil Snyder called the meeting to order at 7 PM. By the end of the evening we had 16 members and guests present. The Treasurer's report was approved as read by Dave Warner. The minutes were not read, but were discussed by President Phil Snyder, Vice President Ron Cleaves, and Secretary Dan Frederick. There was National Director's report as Dave Watterson is still recovering, as were members Ed Thornton and Richard Hall. In other news, a special thank you to Joe Reed for his contribution to the newsletter.

After the break the program for the evening was presented by program by Dave Warner entitled "Cross Country Figure Eight." He indicated that the figure eight pattern he traversed in 1979 covered 9,000 miles. The equipment that we saw included models such as E-8, F-40, P30, SDP-45, F3, and even an Alco RS-11. Road names included Conrail, CNW, BN, UP, SP, WP, BART, and Milwaukee. We saw UP #3985 "stuffed and mounted" in Cheyenne and a Centennial in Laramie, WY. There were views of McCloud River and Portland Terminal and the absolute dead end of the Milwaukee Road. We also saw the Tacoma Museum. Other roads that we got to see included the Butte Anaconda & Pacific, the Minnesota Terminal Railroad, L&N (SCL/LN), Southern, the Autotrain, RF&P, Chessie, and Washington Terminal. An excellent program enjoyed by all.


MAY 21, 2009 MEETING NOTES

This reporter was unable to attend the May meeting. The program was scheduled to be by Phil Snyder program entitled "25 Years Ago."


JUNE 18, 2009 MEETING NOTES

This reporter was unable to attend the May meeting. It was our first "Railroad Related Hobby Night" in quite a few years.


From The Editor

This month, I present to you a CHALLENGE!

If your name isn't Hall, Smith, Thornton, Cleaves, or Mayover, then you probably have not contributed anything to your Chapter's newsletter in the last year (or more) ((or ever?)). Your Editor is certain that you must know about or have something that someone in the Chapter would like to read. So why not make a contribution to the newsletter and your fellow Chapter members. Contact your Editor ASAP with anything you have or you can type up!

Contributions are always welcome and should be sent to the editor at SD40GMA@aol.com or send to:P.O. Box 1136, Hockessin, DE 19707-5136.Deadline for entries is the 25th of the month.


NEWS BITS

The $8.7 billion Mass Transit Tunnel (MTT) project, being built in partnership with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, is expected to generate and sustain 6,000 jobs through the construction phase of two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River, an expanded New York Penn Station and other key elements, reinvigorating the link between New Jersey and New York and benefiting the regional economy with improved mobility. It is expected to create 44,000 permanent jobs.

The Early Systems Work Agreement (ESWA) provides $1.35 billion in funding for the early phases of the project, about half of which is from federal sources including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The $1.35 billion agreement includes a down payment of $400 million of funding from the Federal Transit Administration (towards a $3 billion FTA commitment), $130 million in federal stimulus funds, and $125 million in Federal Highway congestion mitigation funds.

The Mass Transit Tunnel project will double trans-Hudson River rail capacity by adding two new single-track tunnels – supplementing the existing two tracks that opened for service in 1910 and now are pushed to their functional limits each commuting day – as well as expand New York Penn Station with a new facility specifically designed to meet the high-ridership needs of a modern commuter rail system.Doubling the number of tracks for trains operating between New Jersey and New York will increase service capacity to 48 trains per hour during peak periods from the current 23 trains. Twice as many passengers will be able to be accommodated, from 46,000 each morning peak period now to 90,000 in the future.

Fifteen years of study starting with 137 project alternatives, numerous public meetings and input in conformance with federal regulations, produced the finished plan. The project has been designed to allow for expansion in Manhattan to the east in the future as conditions and funding permit. [NJT News Release via Ed Mayover]

NJ Transit currently operates a fleet of 32 ALP-44 and 29 ALP-46 electric locomotives. The new locomotives will offer better acceleration than the older power and be able to pull 10 multi-level cars vs. the six cars the current locomotives can pull, NJ Transit said. The first locomotives are scheduled to arrive early next year, with delivery expected to conclude in mid-2011. [From Progressive Railroading Daily News via Ed Mayover]

In the memory of many, however, is the Great Flood of 1972 (marked on the post just below the cross beam) that rose to 14.5 feet. Pounding rain washed over Maryland on the morning of June 21, 1972 as Hurricane Agnes crept up the East Coast. Throughout the morning the Patapsco River rose at a relatively moderate rate. The rain kept coming, however, almost with a vengeance until the River began to spill over its banks. Tributaries throughout the valley began to fill fields and low lying areas adding more and more water to the Patapsco. Between about 8 PM and 9 PM that sultry summer evening the river rose more than 10 feet reaching its crest sometime in the early morning hours of June 22nd. The waters would nearly reach the main waiting room of the Ellicott City Station at track level.

Ellicott City Station and its adjacent bridge positioned at the junction of the Patapsco River and the Tiber River flowing down Main Street witnessed a backwash of water filled with dangerous debris that would threaten the Station that had survived the devastating deluge of 1868. Eight people would die that night-swept away by the raging waters. Automobiles, trucks, large chunks of buildings, telephone poles and twisted railroad track would wreak havoc on anything in their path. Years would pass before Ellicott City and the other communities in the Patapsco Valley would recover.

Two interesting outcomes of the 1972 flood, silver linings to dark storm clouds, have left legacies of B&O history. Rushing water across the railroad tracks entering and leaving Ellicott City Station unearthed some of the B&O Railroad's early engineering. Granite stone stringers that supported iron strap rail from the 1831 rail bed construction were exposed to the light of day for the first time in more than 125 years. Examples of these along with pieces of original iron strap rail were extracted and brought into the Museum's collection while others were left in their original position.

Still in occasional use by the Chessie System Railroad as a freight depot, the flood damaged historic station was under threat of sale and/or demolition. In 1974 a group of local preservationists led by Roland and Enalee Bounds gathered up the resources to take possession of the Station, restore it and open it to the public as a museum. They established an organization named Historic Ellicott City Inc. that operated the Oldest Railroad Station in America for more than 30 years and has tackled numerous important preservation projects in the old town. [by Courtney B. Wilson, Executive Director, from http://borailroad.blogspot.com/

The Wilmington station project is expected to preserve or create 84 jobs over the next two years, primarily construction-related. Providing a facelift for the Wilmington station has both historical and economic implications. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 100-year-old station is one of three railroad buildings in the area designed by renowned architect Frank Furness, along with the adjacent Pennsylvania Building and the Baltimore & Ohio Water Street depot. Extensive work is going into maintaining Furness's Victorian-style vision while adding all of the required upgrades and repairs.

Concurrent with the renovation of the exterior of the station, Amtrak will renovate the interior of the station. This work includes the refurbishment of the first and second floors, installation of a new heating and air conditioning system, and new plumbing and electrical systems. Second floor waiting rooms and other spaces on the second floor will also be restored.

Rockhill Furnace, Pa. - A new nonprofit organization has signed an agreement to operate the East Broad Top Railroad for three years, and the organization hopes to attract enough grant money during that time to buy the Pennsylvania narrow gauge from its longtime owners, Joe and Judy Kovalchick. The railroad, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, has had a precarious existence in recent decades, with each operating season rumored to be its last.

The new organization, the East Broad Top Railroad Preservation Association, was put together by Larry Salone, who took over as executive director of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum in 2007. Salone is a restaurant- and engineering-company owner who says he took his first train ride as a kid on the East Broad Top, which the Kovalchick family has operated as a tourist railroad since 1960. Joe Kovalchick's father, Nick, was a salvage dealer who bought the railroad after its last common-carrier runs, in April 1956.

Salone, who scheduled a press conference at the railroad Friday, said during a visit to the EBT last Saturday that the railroad's current employees would remain on the payroll, and that the schedule for the coming year would remain largely unchanged. But he said he hoped that riders would begin to notice small improvements as soon as the EBT opens, on June 6. The railroad will accept credit cards for the first time, he said, and shuttle buses will run between the East Broad Top and the Altoona museum during the museum's annual railfest weekend, June 27-28.

He said he planned to begin seeking money to reopen about six miles of track from the current end of operations into Mount Union, where the railroad transferred coal and other freight to the Pennsylvania Railroad in a dual-gauge yard. Salone also discussed putting a second EBT steam engine back in service - most likely No. 14, a 1912 Baldwin Mikado that is nearly identical to the only engine currently operating, No. 15. In addition, he talked about converting additional freight cars for passenger service so that the line's 19th-century coaches could be reserved for special occasions.

The East Broad Top began operating in 1873 along a main line roughly 33 miles long, of which about five miles are currently in service. The rest of the railroad is almost entirely intact but is badly overgrown. In addition to six narrow-gauge 2-8-2s in three sizes, the EBT has a unique 1927 Brill gas-electric car in operating condition, a standard-gauge 0-6-0 in Mount Union, and a sprawling machine-shop complex that is being restored by a volunteer organization, the Friends of the East Broad Top. The Rockhill Trolley Museum operates on a portion of the railroad's old Shade Gap branch.

The Access to the Region's Core Mass Transit Tunnel project will more than double the number of trains that can travel between New Jersey and New York to 48 per hour, from the current 23. This will eliminate a bottleneck along the existing two rail tracks, which are pushed to their functional limits during every peak travel period. The additional capacity will create one-seat (transfer-free) rides to and from New York for thousands of customers on ten existing NJ TRANSIT commuter rail lines and future lines as the statewide commuter rail system is expanded.NJ TRANSIT and its partner, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, have committed $5.7 billion to the project and are seeking federal participation of $3 billion. The underpass contract is being funded with a portion of NJ TRANSIT's ?$424 million share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Future contracts will build the tunnels that will carry NJ TRANSIT trains under the Palisades, under the Hudson River and to and from an expanded New York Penn Station. The $13.6 million construction contract will be awarded to Ferreira Construction Co. Inc. of Branchburg. In addition to the Tonnelle Avenue underpass, the contract calls for relocation of utilities and construction of a new railroad embankment immediately west of Tonnelle Avenue. The Board also authorized amendments to existing construction management, construction assistance design services and insurance contracts for services and coverage associated with the underpass project. Tonnelle Avenue's four traffic lanes will remain open during construction, except for some night-time periods when traffic volumes are low. [From Railway Track and Structures - May 14, 2009 via Ed Mayover]

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum http://www.pa-trolley.org/

Rockhill Trolley Museum www.rockhilltrolley.org

Seashore Trolley Museum http://www.trolleymuseum.org/

New York Museum of Transportationhttp://www.nymtmuseum.org/

Shore Line Trolley Museum http://www.bera.org

Electric City Trolley Museum Associationhttp://www.ectma.org/

NEXT ISSUE OF THE STREAMLINER IS IN THE WORKS! We're happy to report that the next issue of The Streamliner is already being compiled. This issue will focus on the status of the FPT-sponsored restoration of car #2168 at Baltimore Streetcar Museum, and the overhaul of car #2743 at Rockhill Trolley Museum, a project that FPT has made significant contributions to. Great progress has been made on both of these projects and we cannot wait to share the news. Thanks for your patience and support. We are accomplishing great things with your help! [via Ed Thornton]

The Sanford Auto Train Station serves as the southernmost terminus of Amtrak's Auto Train, a unique service that allows passengers to travel with their personal vehicles between Lorton, Va. (near Washington, D.C.) and Sanford, Fla.

The station was built in 1971 when the Auto Train operation was a private enterprise. Amtrak began operating the service in October, 1983 and renovated the station in 1995.• In addition to cars, vans and SUVs, the Auto Train also transports motorcycles, small boats, U-haul trailers and jet-skis.

In fiscal year 2008, 234,839 passengers traveled on the Auto Train, an increase of 7.8 percent over the previous year.

Last fiscal year, the Auto Train carried 112,188 cars and 1,757 motorcycles, resulting in a gasoline savings of about 5,048,460 gallons (20 mpg at 900 miles)

With more than 40 passenger rail cars and auto carriers, the Auto Train is the longest passenger train in the world.Plans for Renovation

The $10 million renovation of Amtrak's Sanford Auto Train Station will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The current 2,500 sq. ft. station configuration of three separate structures will be replaced with a 10,000 sq. ft. facility with a passenger waiting area, ticket counter, gift shop, cafe and restrooms.

The new, larger station will include a waiting area with seating for 600, an increase of 370 over the current waiting area, which is partially housed in a tent.

A new traffic flow will provide easier access for passengers as they drop off their vehicles under a large canopy prior to boarding the train.Passenger Impact During Construction

During construction, the station will remain open.

The current tented waiting area will be relocated from the north end of the station to the south end to make way for the new building.

The existing gift shop will be demolished and the current station will be renovated to accommodate administration offices.

The renovation project is scheduled to begin in mid-June 2009 and is targeted for completion in the fall of 2010. [AMTRAK News Release via Ed Mayover]


Fast Work on Halsted Street
(Chicago, IL) July 30, 1906

"I am in a hurry," declared Mrs. S.H. Chidester. "I want to get to Evergreen Park. I have to catch the Grand Trunk (commuter train) at 49th Street."

So she spoke to the motorman when she boarded the Halsted Street (electric trolley) car at 39th Street after a day of visiting friends in the city. She had a very definite late afternoon suburban train in mind and she was determined to be on it.

The motorman did not seem to heed her concern. After only two blocks the car caught up with a team and wagon on the track. There was a delay while the teamster pulled over to the side.

Standing by the track at 43rd Street were some people waiting to board the streetcar. The car stopped for them. That was too much for Mrs. Chidester's patience. She returned to the front platform to remind the motorman of her plans.

"Running cars is my profession," opined the uniformed gentleman. "I require no advice." The lady decided that the Chicago City Railway Company should no longer sponsor such an unhelpful employee. It would be better if he was out of a job and out on the street. "I will get your job if it takes me a month!"

It did not take her a month. It required only a few seconds. Within that short span of time the man found himself on the street looking down the track at a trolley which continued without him, Mrs. Chidester firmly at the controller.

She proved to be a much faster streetcar driver than the functionary whom she had so swiftly deposed. Coal wagons encroaching on the track slowed her down not at all. Along her flight she scattered debris from three of them. She wasted no time for passengers to board or alight, either. She even showed the usual safety stop for the streetcar crossing at 47th Street to be an unnecessary tradition. Car service on Halsted Street had not been so fast in many moons! The car arrived at the grade crossing with the Grand Trunk at 49th Street. There it halted just as it always did. She was on time for her train.

But by that time, Mrs. Chidester was having an interview with the streetcar conductor and some of the passengers. Shortly the scene of the interview was relocated to a nearby police station.

Was she charged? No, she was not. The city's finest were prepared to detain her for insanity, but eventually they concluded that she did not qualify. But when she went home to Evergreen Park it was by a later train. Mrs. Chidester's notoriety went further than Evergreen Park! This saga appeared the following day in the Toronto Star and the Denver Post!

[From the pages of First & Fastest the magazine of the Shoreline Interurban Historical Society: www.shore-line.org from the collection of Steve von Bonin with the permission of the editor, Norm Carlson.]


The following reprinted from the December 1921 issue of the "North Shore Bulletin", the magazine of the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee Railroad

The Bitter Bitten

Not long ago a traveler came
To visit and to ride.
He jumped on a Milwaukee city car
And stood by the motorman's side.
Being somewhat of a joker
He thought he'd have some fun.
So asked the motorman questions
After his friendship had been won.

The motorman was not so very dense,
But alert to joke and story.
Thought, he too, would have some fun
Which would put him in his glory.
The motorman's name, we'll say, was Bill; The stranger's we do not know, But for asking all kinds of questions He certainly was not slow.

One of the question he asked of Bill,
Just to see if Bill would know,
Was, "What is this electricity stuff
That makes these cars all go?"
Bill smiled to himself when he heard it
And thought he had caught a Tartar,
And to turn a joke on his unknown friend
Needed this only for a starter.

"You see those supposedly wires overhead?
They're only a hollow tube." Said Bill to his questioner,
Whom he thought might be a rube.
"The electricity, commonly known as juice,
Is a liquid flowing through
Those tubes you see up over us
Till it's furnished to the crew."
"It runs along till it hits a wheel
At the end of the trolley pole.
It is the deflected from it's course
And drops through a little hole.
It makes it's way down through the car
Through some machinery into the ground,
So that is called electricity,
Which makes the wheels go 'round."

The stranger appeared to be satisfied,
But to him the joke was hard,
So he handed Bill the championship.
Likewise, his business card.
Bill laughed softly to himself,
Thinking he'd taught the rube a lesson,
But the laugh was turned to a look of surprise-
The card read: "Expert of Thomas Edison".

From the pages of First & Fastest the magazine of the Shoreline Interurban Historical Society: www.shore-line.org [from the collection of Steve von Bonin with the permission of the editor, Norm Carlson.]


AMFLEET CARS

NOTE: The information below is from an Amfleet I service manual dated August 1979. The Amfleet II cars had yet to be delivered.  The original Amfleet I cars have gone through many changes and renumberings in their thirty plus years. Contributed by Ed Thornton

CAR BASICS

The Amfleet cars constructed by the Budd Company for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation are of several types:

1. Amcafe 20000-20053 53 56CS/Cafe (20022 Scrapped) Corridor

2. Amclub 20113-20131 19 18PS/Cafe/28CS Corridor

3. Amclub 20137-20146 10 18PS/Cafe/28CS Corridor

4. Amlounge 20110-20112 3 22PS/Cafe/28CS Long Distance

5. Amdinette 20200-20036 37 32TS/Cafe (28CS (LR) Corridor

6. Amclub (Full) 20670-20677 8 32PS/Cafe Corridor

7. Amcoach 21000-21270 270 84CS (21173 Scrapped) Corridor

8. Amcoach 21800-21889 88 60CS (21867-21882 converted to Ampad) Long Distance

9. Ampad 22900-22901 2 48CS (2 Rooms) Long Distance

Those familiar with the Metroliner Coach will note that arrangements are very similar. Major differences are the absence of the streamlined nose and cab and the fact that cars are locomotive-hauled. All power is derived from the locomotive and trainlined between cars.

The Amcafe Food Service Car has a large bar at the center of the car. The telephone booth and telephone equipment locker are provided in the car, although complete equipment installation is in the future. The Amclub and Amdinette layouts have similar center bars.

The trucks supplied with these cars will be discussed in detail in Section 3. These trucks are Budd Pioneer III type, especially designed for this high-speed service. They use combination stee1-coil-and-air springs and ride on in-board bearings.

The air conditioning equipment is supplied by the Safety Electrical Equipment Corporation and the York Air Conditioning Co. Twin units are used in each car so that failure of a unit will not totally disable the system. Temperature controls for the air conditioning are provided by the Vapor Corporation. Electric door engines and the door control system are also provided by the Vapor Corporation.

CARBODY DETAILS

Car Exterior, Sides and Ends

The car structure, with the exception of the end underframe, is constructed entirely of stainless steel. The car cross-section is a duplicate of that of the original Metroliners, with the exterior skin being formed in corrugations for strength and appearance. Only in the window area are flat formed panels used. This area is covered with the AMTRAK color scheme of red, white and blue "Scotchlite."

Safety Appliances, Coupler & Draft Gears

Sill steps are provided on all four corners of the car, with a vertical handhold directly above. A horizontal handhold on the end sheet at the buffer sill height is also provided on each corner. Two vertical handholds are mounted on the collision post door frame and two on the body end door frame at both ends of the car.Each trap door, in the raised position, provides a vertical and a curved handhold for assist up the steps. A matching curved handhold is mounted on the inside end sheet at each step. A short vertical handhold is provided on each corner post, inside of the vestibule, adjacent to the side entrance door.In each toilet room, a grab handle is located adjacent to the hopper, although in the Food Service Cars, this handle is replaced by a special assist bar for the convenience of handicapped persons.

Couplers & Draft Gear

Couplers are Type H Tightlock as manufactured by National Castings Corp. The Waughmat draft gear units are supplied by Dresser.

Faceplates & Diaphragms

Faceplates are stainless steel faced with a sound-deadening material manufactured by Gatke. Faceplates are bonded to a polyurethane foam diaphragm, which is covered by a urethane skin. It is of prime importance that any repairs be made promptly. Tears in the skin allow water to penetrate into the foam which will form ice during freezing temperatures. Complete instructions on making repairs are detailed in the Maintenance Manual.

Vestibules

Vestibules at both ends of the car are identical except for the handbrake wheel, the P.A. and Switch Locker which are at the "B" end only, the opposite end of car from the toilet rooms. Each vestibule has a door control panel on each side of the car, a means for emergency opening of the side entrance door and access panels in the ceiling for servicing the door engines. Each vestibule receives conditioned air from two distributor plaques, and has a speaker for the P.A. system. A communicating signal push button is located in the ceiling of each vestibule. When pressed, it energizes and sounds a buzzer in the locomotive cab.Toilet Rooms, "A" End

Two toilet rooms are provided at the "A" end of the car, on opposite sides of the aisle. Both rooms are similar in appointments, with a retention toilet, a wash basin set into an enclosure, and a combination towel and liquid soap dispenser. In addition, one toilet room per car is provided with a sanitary napkin-tampon dispenser and a disposal unit.


OXFORD AREA TRANSIT SERVICES

C. John Stevenson, Chairperson c.john.stevenson@oatrains.org
M. Walter Saranetz, Vice-Chair <m.walter.saranetz@oatrains.org>
Oxford Area Transit Services, 5 Mt. Vernon Street, Oxford Pennsylvania 19363 (610) 932-9670

From the website: http://www.oatrains.org/ The website welcomes your comments and has many maps and documents.

OATS is working toward the realization of a functional and economic revitalization of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Octoraro Line (USRA Line 142) which runs through southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Our ultimate goal is the economic revitalization of the region by attracting rail-serviced businesses and industries (and therefore jobs), along with the return of the Freight Line-supported Commuter Rail Passenger Service, to the region.

Feel free to investigate our site, leave a comment, question, or suggestion, or just a note to say 'Hi!'. If you are a resident of the region, please take a moment to complete our survey.

Current Effort Primary Routes Program

Southern Chester County Line - Former Octoraro Line - East and West

Freight Carrier Improvements First ....then Commuter Trains

Oxford Area Transit Services ( OATS )

OATS Mission Statement and Goals: The purpose of OATS, a nonprofit group, is:

Phase One:


OATS Octoraro Line Pipe Dream

Comments by Richard E. Hall

OATS is the Oxford Area Transit Services, basically the pipe dream of two well intended men in Oxford to restore the old P&BC with increased freight service and eventually Passenger service from a connection on the old WC&P, through Wawa to Perryville and eventually, to Aberdeen. I don't think anyone would like to see the full length of the old P&BC returned to service anymore than I would, but the proposal presented by OATS just don't seem realistic. To be carried out in phases, first increased freight service Chadds Ford to Nottingham, then passenger service Nottingham to Chadds Ford with the eventual rebuilding and reopening of the line from Chadds Ford to Wawa. They say they intend to rebuild and restore freight and passenger service on the line in Cecil County and provide passenger service to Aberdeen. They have presented their grand plans to the Colora Civic association, but from what they say there has not been any dialog with any officials in Cecil County. There is also mention of a possible tourist train operation, but there already have enough of them in the area and adding another would be a bad move for all concerned.

Bridge work needed before full line could be opened between Wawa and Rock junction with old C&PD. There may be other bridges needing repairs or replacement in addition to the following bridges. an interesting point is several of the bridges on the line are so old the drawings note they were originally designed to carry the old PRR class H3 freight engines.

The OATS material on the internet describes the various phases of their great plan for restoring service on the old P&BC. They also have a very brief history of the P&BC which is disappointing. It was written by Ralph Denlinger of Oxford who has been interested in the P&BC for years, but the brief history does not does not reflect Ralph's knowledge of the P&BC, either by making it too brief or by someone condensing it. here is no mention of the original "Southern Route" survey, the origin of the two companies which formed the P&BC, the planned 3,300 foot bridge to cross the Susquehanna at an estimated cost of $177,450, or the surveys for the line to Baltimore and why support for the line was lost in Baltimore and Harford Counties. They also show a photo of what they call a P&BC stamp on a rail. It actually was rolled in the rail at the mill indicating it was a 85 lb. section rolled by the Pennsylvania Steel Co. The P&BC originally was laid with 50 lb. iron section of Phoenix rail, same section as was used on the C&A. Next was 56 lb. iron rail, replaced by a 56 lb. steel Bethlehem in 1868 and a slightly higher 56 lb. steel Penna. Steel section, then 60 lb. Penna. Steel #PS60-244 in 1876 with gradual increases in weight over the years.


SCHEDULE NOTES

Notices, announcements, schedules, etc. are provided here as a service to the members.The Chapter has no affiliation with any commercial operation, museum, or tourist line.

MUSEUMS AND EXCURSIONS: [from American Rail Link for June 10, 2009 via Ed Mayover]

First Sunday of Each Month NOW thru November 2009 Steamin' Days at Auburn Heights1/8 scale steam train, Stanley Steamer cars, 1920s steam popcorn wagon Admission $10/$7Auburn Heights Preserve, Yorklyn, DE www.auburnheights.org

May 16 thru December 31, 2009 - Trains in Motion Pictures at Railroad Museum of PA Exhibit on starring role of trains and railroads in motion pictures with video clips, photographs, and amazing artifacts.

June 27-28, 2009 Great Scale Model Train Show, Timonium Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD State Fairgrounds Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-4, Admission $9, under 15 free, family $18, tickets good for both days.

June 27-28, 2009 Railfest Weekend at Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona, PA Enjoy first class ($50) or coach ($30) accommodations from Harrisburg, Lewistown or Huntingdon to Altoona on Saturday, June 27; return trips happen Sunday, June 28. The locomotives will appear at Railfest as PRR 5809 and 5711, their original locomotive numbering. Many thanks to Bennet and Eric Levin for their gracious support of our annual event. Don't miss this unique opportunity to view Central Pennsylvania via rail from these rolling pieces of American history. Railfest guests or local enthusiasts will enjoy an on-board view of the Horseshoe Curve from either first class ($50) vintage equipment or modern coach ($30) seating. These 45-minute excursions depart from the Altoona station at three designated times on Saturday and Sunday: 10:20 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. Passengers will travel around the Horseshoe Curve, up the mountain through the Gallitzin and Portage Tunnels, and loop around to return to the Altoona station via the slide and Bennington Curve, the location of the famous Wreck of the Red Arrow. FREE shuttles will run on Saturday and Sunday to and from the East Broad Top Railroad. EBT passengers will enjoy short excursions on passenger cars built in the 1880s, steam locomotives from the 1910s, and speeders from the 1920's while on these historic narrow gauge rails. http://www.railroadcity.com

July 1-5, 2009 Reading Railroad Days at Railroad Museum of PA The Museum will again host Reading Railroad Days this weekend. Special activities for the entire family will focus on the Reading Railroad, one of the most important historical transportation systems in eastern Pennsylvania. Exhibits typically include an enormous and detailed HO scale model railroad depicting operations on the Reading Railroad, displayed by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society. Museum visitors can view the famous and familiar Reading Company trains of history speed through scale model villages and countryside. Special interpretive tours of some of the Railroad Museum's collection of Reading Company equipment will be held. Demonstrations of the 1928 Reading Company turntable (seen at right) and guided tours of the outdoor Restoration Yard will take place, conditions permitting.

July 9, 2009 Delmarva Rail Passenger Association Monthly Meeting Sat 9-4, Sun 9-1, Hosted By The Williams Grove (Pa) Historical Steam Engine Association Steam train rides, model train display, steam and air compressor train horn and whistle blowing, stands with collector items to purchase. Total of $15 to rent a table for both days. Free parking. For more information call W. Medlin at 570-473-5659 or e-mail: wlm643@yahoo.com Directions: Rt. 15 to Rt. 74N, Rt. 74N 1.2 mile to Williams Grove Rd. (at Shillito's Oil) 0.8 mile to Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Grounds entrance on left, or see web page http://wghsea.org [via Ed Thornton]

July 9 -12,2009 Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association regrets to announce that the Steam Train to Elkins and Beverly, scheduled for July 9-12, has been CANCELLED.

July 18-19, 2009 TRAIN DAYS TOY AND MODEL TRAIN FLEA MARKET Sat 9-4, Sun 9-1, Williams Grove, PA, Steam train rides, model train display, steam and air compressor train horn and whistle blowing, stands with collector items to purchase. Free parking. Rt. 15 to Rt. 74N, Rt. 74N 1.2 mile to Williams Grove Rd. (at Shillito's Oil) 0.8 mile to Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Groundsweb page http://wghsea.org

July 23-26, 2009 Train Festival 2009 Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan. 8 Steam Locomotives to be Operating at Festival plus HUGE Model Train Layouts, a Miniature Railroad and More. This quaint American Town is located in the central region of Michigan just outside of Lansing. All the charm of Owosso will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from all over North America and other regions of the world to TrainFestival 2009. The theme of the weekend will be Trains, Trains, Trains! The Steam Railroading Institute has an award winning collection of railroad equipment and railroad artifacts. The museum is an interpretive experience for visitors of all ages. During the weekend of July 23-26, 2009, visitors to the museum will experience an even greater museum. Steam and Diesel Locomotives from around the country will be on display for visitors to tour the cabs, take photos, watch demonstrations and much more. Huge model train layouts will be on display including a massive all-Lego model train. Railroad vendors from around the globe will have unique items for purchase that you won't find any where else. Families will be able to take an all day excursion or shorter one-hour train ride behind various vintage locomotives. For the thrill seeking visitor, you will even be able to pull the throttle and blow the whistle on one of these steam locomotives. Scaled down miniature trains will be hauling passengers around the grounds of the event as well http://www.trainfestival2009.com./

August 2, 2009 - Train Meet at NUR Temple on Rt. 13 Wilmington, DE

October 3-4 Railfest Steam Days at B&O Railroad Museum Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Programs & demonstrations highlight steam power & celebrate the Museum's historic steam engine collection, which includes oldest operating steam locomotive William Mason, The Tom Thumb, and Lafayette

October 10-11, 2009 Great Scale Model Train Show, Timonium Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD State Fairgrounds Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-4, Admission $9, under 15 free, family $18, tickets good for both days.

October 17 & 18, 2009 Railfest Steam Days at B&O Museum Baltimore Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4 Programs and demonstrations highlight steam power and celebrate the Museum's historic steam engine collection, which includes icons such as the oldest operating steam locomotive William Mason, The Tom Thumb, and Lafayette. America's Railroad Museum with America's most important, historic and comprehensive collection lives to tell the story of railroading every day. Forty acres of heritage and a world class collection await your discovery!

October 3-4 Railfest Steam Days at B&O Railroad Museum Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Programs & demonstrations highlight steam power & celebrate the Museum's historic steam engine collection, which includes oldest operating steam locomotive William Mason, The Tom Thumb, and Lafayette

September 12-20 Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road

November 1, 2009 Train Meet at NUR Temple on Rt. 13 Wilmington, DE

November 27-28 Veterans Day Weekend at the B&O Railroad Museum Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Salute the military and veterans at the B&O! Special living history presentations by members of the 4th Infantry Division Military Police Unit on our WWII Troop Sleeper. Vintage military vehicles will also be on display.

November 4 - December 30, 2009 Holiday Festival of Trains at the B&O Railroad Museum Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading layouts. Please note: The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

December 4 - 6, 2009 Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road-

June 22-26, 2010 NRHS National Convention Scranton, PA (Radisson & Hilton Hotels)


CHAPTER EVENTS

Thursday June 18, 2009 7 PM Chapter Meeting "Any Railroad-Related Hobby Night"

Thursday July 16, 2009 7 PM Chapter Meeting "Do-It-Yourself Night"bring lots of prints and up to 25 slides [Note for July = you must arrive BEFORE 7 PM to get in]

Thursday August 20, 2009 7 PM Chapter TRIP SEPTA to Doylestown in lieu of Meeting

Thursday Sept. 17, 2009 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by TBD?

Thursday Oct. 15, 2009 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by TBD?

Thursday Nov. 19, 2009 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by TBD?

Sunday Dec. TBD , 2009 5 PM Holiday Dinner in lieu of normal monthly meeting. Program by TBD?

The Wilmington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) meets at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month [except August & December] in the Darley Room at the Claymont Community Center on Green Street in Claymont, Delaware. Visitors are always welcome. Admission to regular meetings is free. Check out our Website (thanks to Russ Fox) at:


The Transfer Table is published six to ten times per year as the newsletter of the Wilmington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.  Items in this publication do not represent the official position of either Officers or Members of the Wilmington Chapter or the Editor of this publication. http://www.WilmingtonNRHS.com

Permission to reprint articles and news items appearing herein is granted to NRHS Chapters and other newsletters provided appropriate credit is given.   Contributions are always welcome and should be sent to the editor at SD40GMA@aol.com or send to: P.O. Box 1136, Hockessin, DE 19707-5136. Deadline for entries is the 25th of the month.

Chapter Officers:President: Phil SnyderVice President & Historian: Ron CleavesTreasurer: Dave WarnerSecretary: Dan FrederickNational Director: Dave Watterson Editor: Greg AjamianEducation Fund: Ed ThorntonPublic Relations: Frank Ferguson, Jr.Trip Director: TBDEvent Photographer:  Ron CleavesWeb Master: Russ Fox

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