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January 20, 20110 MEETING NOTES

President Mike Burkhart called the meeting to order at 7 PM. There were no minutes from the previous meeting because, according to Secretary Dan Frederick, there was no business conducted at the Holiday Dinner in December. There was no Treasurer's report because there was no Treasurer at the meeting. There was no National Director's report, because – well, you get the idea. . . The President reported that Ralph Stevens's sister and brother-in-law made a sizable donation to the Chapter in Ralph's memory and circulated the nice card that they had sent. The 14 members present were all reminded of what a dedicated member and officer he was.

After an very short break, Frank Ferguson presented Part 2 of his Year-In-Review presentation. Starting the night in Attica Junction and Deshler, we then saw the DM&E street-running in Lansing. We saw action in MN, the Iowa Northern in IA, Lake Preston in SD, and grain elevators in Council Bluffs. Before the night was over we saw scenes in IL, OH, MD, VA, and PA. We saw action by AMTRAK, MARC, VRE, and the West Chester RR. It seemed like there were great shots from everywhere – thanks to Frank's travels and camera!

LAST Chance

Many have paid, but if you have a RED mark on your address label, either the Treasurer has NOT yet received your check or the Editor's records are messed up.

Please send a check made out to the Wilmington Chapter NRHS to our Treasurer:

David Warner
301 W. Lea Blvd
Wilmington DE 19802-1235

-or- let him know that you have paid your dues and we have a record-keeping glitch somewhere. Unfortunately, if you don't help us straighten it out, then this might be the last newsletter that you will receive this year.


We need Chapter Members to step up and help out with preparations before and to provide assistance during the National Director's meeting that we be hosting October 27-30, 2011 Please contact Dave Warner to sign up to help out at: 302-762-2389 or


If our normal "THIRD THURSDAY" NRHS meeting is canceled due to inclement weather, it will be postponed and held on the FOURTH THURSDAY.

If it must again be canceled, it will NOT be rescheduled. We will simply wait for the next month's normal "third Thursday" meeting. If the weather looks bad or is predicted to be bad, you may telephone the Claymont Community Center to see if it will be open that evening.

From The Editor

There was a special exhibit at the Delaware state archives called " All Aboard! The Delaware Public Archives Celebrates the History of the Railroad." This four day free event celebrated the posting of the entire Jackson and Sharp Photograph and Drawings Collection to the Delaware Public Archives website. Jackson and Sharp was a company in Wilmington Delaware that built railroad cars and ships from 1863 to 1950. The collection includes more than 4,000 images.

To see the images go to on left side - select "Digital Archives," then select "photographs," and look under "Jackson And Sharp Collection."Then go back to "Digital Archives" and select "100 Stories" and select "Image Gallery." Then under "Air, Land, Sea" click on the one that says "hours" and the one before it and click on the first item in the second row under "Other Stories.".

Volunteers Needed
to Support NRHS Fall 2011 Conference

Happy Halloween!

Yes, you read that right. Happy Halloween.

That is the feeling we hope all chapter members will be feeling on Oct. 31, 2011 as we bask in the satisfaction of successfully hosting the NRHS Fall 2011 Conference.

The Fall 2011 Conference will be held at the Wilmington Downtown DoubleTree Hotel from Friday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 30. We anticipate approximately 80 directors will attend the event.

The primary reason for the conference is the fall Board of Directors' meeting, which will take place on Sunday morning, Oct. 30. However, the weekend is full of events. Two rail trips are planned. On Friday afternoon we hope to operate a charter on the West Chester Railroad, and on Saturday morning a trip between Richland and Tuckahoe on the Cape May Seashore Lines is in the works.

All three days of the conference include meetings. On Friday afternoon an NRHS staff meeting will be held in the Doubletree Hotel, and in the evening the Regional Vice Presidents will meet. On Saturday, after the charter trip returns, a working session with the directors is held. The main hotel event, a banquet with keynote speaker, occurs on Saturday evening.

As you can see, it is going to be a busy weekend, and we will need "all hands on deck" to make the weekend a success. While it is a bit soon for exact requirements to be listed, please consider holding open the final weekend of October to help your chapter support our visitors.

Among the needs identified for people is the registration table that will be open nearly all day on Friday and Saturday, as well as much of Thursday afternoon to support early arrivals. Tour buses - likely two - will be used to transport attendees to the rail trips, and each bus will need a host. During the meetings someone will be needed to stand by and assist with whatever requirements may come up. Similar assistance will be needed at the banquet.

There is a lot do be done before the conference, too. From finding items to be given out in the welcome package to helping arrange the trips and transportation. Even though the meeting is eight months away, we have to have the main details finalized no later than the end of May so we can publicize the conference at the 2011 NRHS Annual Convention being held in Tacoma, Wash. Ideally, we will have everything set up by April so we can have brochures available at the Spring 2011 Conference.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact David Warner at or Mike Burkhart at We will be discussing the conference at the February chapter meeting on Feb. 17.


The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's archives include corporate records, manuscripts, maps, blue prints, ephemera and film recordings, as well as thousands of railroad history books and serials, dating from the 1830s to the present. The Museum's archival holdings also include more than a quarter of a million historic railroading images preserved in the form of glass plate negatives, cellulose nitrate film, safety film, transparency film, diacetate media and photographic prints. These images depict railroad labor, travelers, steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock, depots, yards, bridges, engine houses and right-of-way views, dating from the 1850s to the present.

"This critical funding support from the Norfolk Southern Foundation will allow us to install additional new work stations, acquire a book copier, a scanner and a microfilm reader, install additional shelving and install improved network wiring, storage server and data backup of the Friends local access network," says Museum director Charles Fox. "The additional work stations will allow Museum volunteers to more readily process and catalogue library and archival collections into the database which will, in turn, provide a larger and more accessible pool of materials available to scholars, historians and researchers."

"Also, with tools like the book copier, scanner and microfilm reader, researchers will be better able to make use of the collection without compromising the integrity of fragile, original documents," Fox adds. "Improvements to the technology infrastructure will accommodate increasing data loads and the enhance efficiency of the network and on line capabilities. Many of our holdings are unique and are of great historic value to anyone interested in North American railroads. We sincerely appreciate the Norfolk Southern Foundation's recognition of and commitment to these important resources."

"As the home of more railroads than any other state in the U. S., the history of railroading in Pennsylvania is rich and unique, not to mention voluminous," states Rudy Husband, Norfolk Southern's public relations director and a member of the Museum's advisory council. "This grant will help the Museum utilize the latest technologies to organize historical and archival material in a manner that will make it accessible for generations to come. Norfolk Southern is a proud supporter of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania." (New Release)

Your Editor's Chauffeur for an excursion to the Delaware Public Archives on January 7, 2011 was none other than the esteemed Ed Thornton. After our successful and educational visit to the archives, he knew that we needed to stop at the Dover DE Train Station (below) while we were in town. He also knew that there was a plaque (above) in the lobby [which I never would have seen if I was on my own] and after we gained access to the locked building by use of the intercom and some fast talking by my driver, we discovered that this year will be the 100th Anniversary of the (rebuilt) station! Photos by Greg Ajamian

Report from NRHS Headquarters
The NRHS National Office has received several inquiries about submitting chapter annual reports for the 2010 Yearbook. The purpose of this report is to review the status of this project.

The NRHS believes that it is important to record the history of the NRHS chapters, especially their accomplishments in rail history preservation. At this point, however, the Society has no plans to publish such information either in print or electronically. The NRHS no longer publishes the annual Yearbook.

There may be an electronic archive of chapter historical material available in the future, but the Society has not approved either the concept or funds to implement this project. Such a product is at least two years away. NRHS urges its chapters to continue to record their history and is working to provide an interim repository to store such reports until a future direction is determined.

History and Background

As has been reported previously on several occasions, the NRHS Board of Directors ordered in October of 2009 that the printed NRHS Yearbook be discontinued, starting with the 2009 Yearbook. The actual motion that was passed directed the reduction of the 2010 Bulletin budget by a dollar amount estimated to be the publication cost of the 2009 Yearbook. The Board took this action over the objections of NRHS management and several directors who expressed concerns about a reduction in membership services after the 2010 dues renewal process had already started. This objection did not prevail, however.

Subsequent to the Board's action, the Bulletin staff was able to find sufficient funds within the approved budget to do the editorial and layout work necessary to produce the 2009 Yearbook as an electronic PDF file. Arrangements were made with a commercial on-demand publisher to permit members the option of ordering a high-quality printed copy at additional cost.

NRHS management developed a plan to implement the Board's directives regarding the Yearbook. This plan was presented at the June 2010 meeting and was endorsed by the Board of Directors at that meeting. The endorsed plan included the following provisions, quoted from the approved minutes: "The 2010 Yearbook will not be published in either electronic or paper format. Chapter reports for the 2010 Yearbook will be collected and stored, but not published until a new web-based reporting system is established in 2012 or later."

Later in 2010 the electronic system for submitting Yearbook chapter reports was deactivated. The system as it then existed could not be transferred to a new host during necessary website security upgrades, and therefore was simply removed.

It should be noted that the future web-based reporting system has been discussed as a concept, but it has not yet been endorsed or funded by any action of the Board of Directors. The chapter reporting product still appears on NRHS strategic planning proposals for implementation in 2012 or 2013 after other more important work is completed. At this time, work on the new NRHS website has been suspended following other actions of the Board in November, 2010 unrelated to the Yearbook issue. We expect to reactivate the website project later in 2011.

Report Submissions for 2010

Chapters are encouraged to assemble reports on their activities for 2010 and following years in order to preserve the historical record of the Society. Since the design for a future reporting system has not been started, we recommend that the format and length be similar to what was submitted for 2009 and earlier. At this point, NRHS is still trying to determine the best option for storage of chapter reports and photographs. We expect to make a separate announcement about this in February, following the next Board of Directors meeting. In anticipation of a centralized archive file, chapters should save their reports as Word documents (.doc files) using Windows 95-2007 or newer software.

Policies regarding access to and dissemination of this information will be developed later as part of the website upgrade project. Please note that the design and marketing focus of the new website will be different than the current NRHS website, but the specific plans have not been developed. NRHS can make no commitment that the material submitted about 2010 activities will be published or reproduced exactly as submitted.


Please remember that the NRHS News is looking for interesting stories about preservation projects and other activities and accomplishments by NRHS chapters. If your chapter is engaged in an activity or project that may be of interest to other NRHS members, please consider sharing that information now by developing a story for the NRHS News. For further information about submitting stories and photos for the bi-monthly newsletter, please contact the editor, Charles Williams directly through: or through the NRHS national office:


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 Museum 504 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

January 15, 2011 - October 31, 2011 Philadelphia & Reading Railroad & the Civil War
Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 S. Third St. in Hamburg, PA. New temporary exhibit Any Saturday (10-4PM) and Sunday (Noon-4PM) for the regular admission charge of $5 adults and $4 Seniors

April 16, 2011 - December 31, 2011
@ RR Museum of PA

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

March 6, 2011 Clark, NJ - Central Jersey NRHS Railroad Show
9:00 AM until 3:30 PM at Mother Seton High School in Clark NJ. Info:

March 6, 2011 Train Meet - Ramada Inn Essington, PA
8:00 AM until 1 PM at Ramada Inn on Rt 291 (I-95 Exit 9) Essington, PA

March 19, 2011 Steelton, PA - Railroad Show & Collectors Market
Sat. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, I.W. Abel Union Hall, 200 Gibson St., Steelton, PAIW Abel Union Hall. Info:

Saturday, April 2, 2011 Role of Railroads Of The Civil War: An Illustrated History @ RR Museum of PA During the Civil War, railroads moved troops rapidly & over great distances, supplying armies on both sides with food and munitions, functioning as mobile artillery & completely changing military strategy. Author/artist Michael Leavy will give a presentation.

April 9-10, 2011 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.

Saturday, April 16 thru Saturday, December 31, 2011 Railroad Communications & Signaling @ RR Museum of PA. From solitary signals to centralized traffic control centers, learn about the history of railroad technical operations and try to run a simulated railroad. Photographs, artifacts and video from the Museum's collections will round out the story of rail communication.

Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15, 2011 Conrail Days @ RR Museum of PA
Highlights the equipment, history, spirit and people of Conrail, and is presented in partnership with the Conrail Historical Society. Regular Museum hours. Included in the regular Museum admission.

May 14, 2011 Roanoke Rails
Virginia's Rail Heritage Region special events at O.Winston Link Mus., C&O Railway Heritage Ctr., & Virginia Mus. of Transportation.

May 22-23, 2011 The Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet
Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Z, N, On3, HO, Brass & all train related items, Sun. 10 am - 3 pm, S, O-27, O, Standard & G including repair parts Both days Railroadiania, pictures, die-cast, scenery, etc., Merchants Square Mall, 1901 South 12th Street, Allentown PA 18103

Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2011 Pennsylvania Railroad "Pennsy" Days @ RR Museum of PA. Heritage of the famous Pennsylvania Railroad, the "Standard Railroad of the World." Noted railroad artists, photographers & authors display and sell their works. Special presentations, operating layouts, memorabilia & tours of "Pennsy" equipment are featured.

June 25-26, 2011 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.

Wednesday, June 29 through Monday, July 4 Reading Railroad Days @ RR Museum of PA
Enjoy the remarkable Reading Railroad trains of eastern Pennsylvania history through tours of Reading Company equipment, a huge, operating model railroad and special presentations.

August 7, 2011 Train Meet – Ramada Inn Essington, PA
8:00 AM until 1 PM at Ramada Inn on Rt 291 (I-95 Exit 9) Essington, PA

September 11-12, 2011 The Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet
Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Z, N, On3, HO, Brass & all train related items, Sun. 10 am - 3 pm, S, O-27, O, Standard & G including repair parts, Both days Railroadiania, pictures, die-cast, scenery, etc. Merchants Square Mall, 1901 South 12th Street, Allentown PA 18103

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Members Day @ RR Museum of PA
Museum members enjoy special members-only presentations and other great railroad and Museum-related activities.

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

October 29-30, 2011 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.

November 6, 2011 Train Meet - Ramada Inn Essington, PA
8:00 AM until 1 PM at Ramada Inn on Rt 291 (I-95 Exit 9) Essington, PA


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 Phil Snyder

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 Phil Snyder

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 Officers
President: Mike Burkhart
Vice President:  Dave Watterson
Treasurer: Dave Warner
Secretary: Dan Frederick
National Director & Trip Director: Steve Barry
Editor: Greg Ajamian
Web Master: Russ Fox

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