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THE TRANSFER TABLEThe Wilmington Chapter NRHS Official NewsletterInternet Edition

VOLUME 33   NUMBER 10 November 2010

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October 21, 2010 MEETING NOTES

This reporter could not attend the October meeting.

From The President

The Annual Chapter Holiday Banquet and Presentation Extraordinaire shall commence at or about 5 PM on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at Maximillian's Restaurant N' Tavern, 3001 Naamans Creek Rd, Upper Chichester, PA 19061-2534 phone =(610) 485-3500. If you want to attend, you MUST SIGN UP. Anyone who has not signed up yet should contact with President Mike Burkhart (at or telephone him at 610-833-2338) to add your name(s) to the sign-up list. This year's Holiday Dinner will be $20 per person. As a reminder, if you sign-up and do not cancel more than two weeks before the date of the dinner, you will be charged (to avoid the Chapter having to cover for any 'no shows').

From The Trip Director

Hello, Streetcar Fans! We have two Wilmington Chapter Streetcar Charters scheduled for your enjoyment!!!!December 11, 2010 Christmas Lights Charter -- We'll be taking operator Gary Mason's decorated PCC-2 out for night photography on a Saturday night. This trip will depart from Callowhill at 5:00 p.m. We are limiting the capacity on this trip to 25 people (to keep the night photos manageable). Fare is $45.

February 5, 2011, Super Saturday Streetcar Special XVIII -- This trip will depart from Elmwood at 10:00 a.m. with a PCC-II car and wander the southwest Philadelphia routes, as well as diversion trackage. This trip usually sells out, and we will not add a second car. Fare is $40.

SPECIAL -- We are offering an early-bird special on the Christmas Lights Charter and Super Saturday trips. Order both now and get 'em for $75. Details are on the website. Offer good until November 10 while tickets last.

Visit to order tickets or to get more information. If you wish to order any tickets via mail, make checks payable to Wilmington Chapter NRHS and send to Wilmington Chapter NRHS, c/o Steve Barry, 117 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860. Please include an e-mail address for your confirmation. Confirmations are sent out approximately two weeks before a trip.

From The Treasurer

It's that time again . . . Dues Are Due Please send your dues to our Treasurer, Dave Warner with a check made out to the Wilmington Chapter NRHS.


Construction of the Liberty Corridor Freightway was a logistically complex undertaking that raised the clearance of two tunnels in New Jersey to accommodate double stack freight trains. One tunnel, which dates from the administration of Abraham Lincoln, passes through over 4,000 feet of dense rock directly beneath Jersey City, N.J. [CSX Press Release via Ed Mayover]

Yesterday, the USDOT announced 42 capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will receive TIGER II grants. About 29 percent of the grants target road projects, 26 percent cover transit projects, 20 percent touch on rail projects and 16 percent will help fund port projects.Capital grant amounts and recipients include:

Planning grant amounts and recipients include:

1.3 million long-haul trucks diverted from interstates

$141 million in accident avoidance savings

1.8 million tons in CO2 reduction

$565 million in congestion savings

$262 million in highway maintenance savings

163 million gallons in fuel savings

The Crescent Corridor program of projects is estimated to cost $2.5 billion for full development. In addition to the Greencastle facility, Crescent Corridor projects currently planned for development include new independent intermodal facilities at Birmingham, Ala., Charlotte, N.C. and Memphis, Tenn.; the expansion of intermodal terminals in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pa.; and the addition of freight rail capacity in Virginia and Mississippi. In addition to facility investments, the program includes significant investments in rail route improvements consisting of additional passing tracks, double track projects, improved signaling systems, and other track speed enhancements. When the Crescent Corridor is fully operational, annual benefits to Pennsylvania are expected to include more than 806,000 long-haul trucks diverted to rail, almost 10 million gallons of fuel saved, carbon dioxide reduction of 106,000 tons, more than $33 million in traffic congestion savings, and avoidance of an estimated $8.3 million in accident costs. Over the next ten years 26,000 jobs in Pennsylvania are expected to be created or enhanced by Crescent Corridor projects. Norfolk Southern also has improvements planned for existing intermodal terminals in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, along with $27 million in track and signal upgrades.

The proposed investment in the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility will create the capacity to handle more than 85,000 containers and trailers annually. The terminal will utilize the latest in gate and terminal automation technology, which shortens the waiting time for trucks entering the terminal, thereby reducing exhaust emissions and improving truck driver productivity. Four intermodal trains daily will serve the terminal. [Press Release via Ed Mayover]

Approximately 550,000 passengers pass through New York Penn Station each day, which makes it the busiest station in Amtrak's system, and one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world. This terminal is also served by Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit trains, as well as Amtrak's high-speed trains and other intercity services. Together, these three agencies operate over 1,000 weekday trains at Penn Station. The station originally opened in 1910. A reconstruction of the public areas of the station was completed in 1968, creating most of the present layout of those areas. [Press Release via Ed Mayover]

The locomotives will include crash energy management components, such as crash anti-climbing technology and push-back couplers designed to keep the train upright, inline and on the tracks if a collision occurs. The locomotive purchase is part of Amtrak’s fleet strategy announced earlier this year that calls for replacing aging and outdated locomotives and passenger cars to improve operations, attract more riders, reduce maintenance costs and delays, improve on-time performance and expand service on current and new routes. [from Progressive Railroading via Ed Thonton]

The money is being awarded for a range of activities, such as construction of track and stations, purchase of new passenger equipment, and planning studies to develop new high-speed rail service. In addition to the $8 billion down payment from the Recovery Act, additional funding for high-speed rail has come from several sources. These include $95 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's FY 2009 appropriations and remaining money from a related FY 2008 appropriations program, and from the Department's FY 2010 appropriations, which included at least $2.125 billion for high-speed rail service development programs, $245 million for individual projects and $50 million for planning and multi-state proposal activities. A complete project list can be viewed at [US DOT Release via Ed Mayover]


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.

May 8, 2010 - March 26, 2011 Almost as Fast as Birds Can Fly - History of Railroading in DE at DE History Museum504 Market Street - Wilmington, DE 19801, For More Information: or call (302) 655-7161 11a.m.-4p.m., Saturday: 10a.m. - 4p.m Sponsored by Delaware Today, We the People Grant through the Delaware Humanities Forum, and Transportation Enhancement Fund

July 30, 2010 through early 2011 Thomas Viaduct Exhibit, B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore featuring historic and contemporary artworks of this historic bridge. The exhibit will showcase local artists and will be held in the Museum's Education Station.

Nov. 13-14, 2010 Allentown Train Meet Associates First Frost Train Meet 9-4 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday, Allentown Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall, 302 North 17th St., Allentown, PA 18014

Nov. 26, & 27, 2010 Steamin' Days @ Auburn Heights12:30 - 4 PM, Stanley Steamers, steam trains, mansion tours, Marshall Estate, Yorklyn, DE

December 4 & 11, 2010 Home For The Holidays @ RR Museum of PA  Regular Museum hours. Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel. Meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents and passengers representing the past century and enjoy seasonal music, festive decorations, Jack Frost Station and a Polar Express party for young children among our world-class collection of trains. Included in the regular Museum admission

Feb 26-27, 2011 Allentown Train Meet Associates Spring Thaw Train Meet 9-4 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday, Allentown Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall, 302 North 17th St., Allentown, PA 18014

October 27-30, 2011 Wilmington Chapter will host the NRHS's Fall National Director's Meeting details to follow as they become available


CHAPTER EVENTS Thursday Nov. 18, 2010 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Frank Ferguson part 1 of his program on ??

Sunday Dec. 5, 2010 5 PM Holiday Dinner in lieu of normal monthly meeting, Maximillian's Restaurant & Tavern, 3001 Naamans Creek Rd, Upper Chichester, PA

Thursday Jan. 20, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Frank Ferguson part 2 of his program on ??

Thursday Feb. 17, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting Do-It-Yourself Bring-Your-Own Photo & Slide Show

Thursday Mar. 17, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Thursday Apr. 21, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Thursday May 19, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Thursday June 16, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Thursday July 21, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Thursday Aug. 18, 2011 7 PM Chapter Trip ? in lieu of normal monthly meeting

Thursday Sept. 15, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Thursday Oct. 20, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

October 27-30, 2011 Wilmington Chapter will host NRHS's Fall National Director's Meeting

Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by ??

Sunday Dec. 4, 2011 5 PM Holiday Dinner in lieu of normal monthly meeting

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.

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 or send to: P.O. Box 1136, Hockessin, DE 19707-5136.Deadline for entries is the 25th of the month.

Chapter OfficersPresident: Mike BurkhartVice President & Historian: Ron CleavesTreasurer: Dave WarnerSecretary: Dan FrederickNational Director & Trip Director: Steve BarryEditor: Greg AjamianEvent Photographer: Ron CleavesWeb Master: Russ Fox


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