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President Mike Burkhart called the Sept. 15 meeting of the Wilmington Chapter to order just after 7 p.m. There were no minutes to approve from the August meeting, as the secretary was not present. The treasurer's report from David Warner was approved as read.

Tom Posatko volunteered to head the election committee, which will report to the membership during the October meeting. The annual election of officers will occur during the November meeting.

The annual holiday diner is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 at Maximillian's in Upper Chichester. As is tradition, Steve Barry will give the presentation. Cost is $20, and the sign-up sheet will be available at meetings in October and November. You can also sign up by e-mailing Mike Burkhart at or by calling (610) 833-2338.

There was much business to discuss regarding the upcoming Directors Conference, which the Wilmington Chapter is hosting from Oct. 28-30. Volunteers are still needed for important duties. Much of the October meeting will be devoted to conference preparation.

Registrations are strong, and final details are nearing completion. Because of weather and other factors, the planned trip on Cape May Seashore Lines on Oct. 29 may be moved to a steam-powered trip on the Wilmington & Western, reported National Director Steve Barry. A trip on the West Chester Railroad is set for Friday, Oct. 28. Details will be available soon for Chapter members who wish to ride the trips or attend the banquet. (In short, Chapter members will pay the base price for the trips, but will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the railroads. They will not pay the registration fee, however. Cost for the banquet is $47.)

Following the business meeting, the dozen members in attendance were treated to a step-back to 1977-78 by David Warner. We started around Mechanicville, N.Y.; saw streetcars in Boston and trains at South Station. Dave was lucky enough to take several cab rides - including in an FL9 - along the Hudson River. We saw the Croton-Harmon shops and new Amtrak Turbo trains at Albany.

Further south were classic PPC cars on the Newark City Subway, CNJ-painted passenger diesels at Newark and early Conrail (including Baldwins, Reading-painted power and electrics) in the Harrisburg area.

Next up was Delaware & Hudson in Binghamton, Saratoga Springs and Fort Edward. One of Dave's haunts was Mechanicsville, where the D&H interchanged with the Boston and Maine. Dave was lucky enough to catch the D&H Sharks, as well as the famed Alco PA units. Trips were also documented to Toronto and Montreal. It was another great show!

Respectfully submitted, Mike Burkhart.


October has arrived, and that means the Fall 2011 NRHS Board of Directors' Conference is just a few weeks away. We need your help with some of the behind-the-scenes preparations that are needed, as well as many up-front activities.

At our monthly membership meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, we will prepare the welcome packages to be given to conference attendees. Included in the packages are tickets, the neck wallet with name tag, some complimentary pens (that only write nice words) and several brochures and other things that will help our visitors enjoy their time in Wilmington. The more folks who attend the meeting to help out, the easier this task will be for us.

We still have openings for volunteers during the conference. The following time slots are still open:

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

Fall 2011 NRHS Conference & Board Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 27: Arrive early and explore Wilmington, or watch the bustle of Amtrak and SEPTA trains.

Friday, Oct. 28: Motor coaches will depart shortly after noon for the West Chester Railroad where a special mixed train will provide a round trip and photo opportunities amid the fall foliage. Regional Vice President_s mtg. at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29: Breakfast (on your own) - motor coaches depart for Wilmington & Western RR then Auburn Heights, and Furness RR District Tour. Saturday afternoon directors' working session. The traditional Saturday evening banquet buffet-style. Keynote speaker Mario Bergeron, Amtrak's Chief Mechanical Officer.

Sunday, Oct. 30: Board of Directors_ meeting from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

Hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Wilmington, 700 N. King Street -seven blocks from the train station.



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.

Until 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

Until 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.

Until May 30, 2015 Civil War 150th Anniversary: The War Came By Train@ B&O RR Museum in Baltimore. Monday - Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), Sunday (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Between April 19, 1861 (The Baltimore Riot of 1861) and April 21, 1865 (Lincoln's funeral train leaving Baltimore for Illinois), the B&O stood witness and participant in the greatest conflict the U.S. has ever faced and changed the course of American history. The War Came By Train serves as the B&O Railroad Museum's primary attraction for the five year commemoration of the War's sesquicentennial. The National Landmark Roundhouse will exhibit the largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the world featuring locomotives and rail cars that served during the war, significant military and personal artifacts that will change annually to portray each year of the war (some artifacts never before on public display), and a narrated train ride to the original site of Camp Carroll, the largest Union encampment in Baltimore.

October 13-15, 2011 Train Collectors Association, Fall York Train Meet, York, Pa. Thursday-Saturday, Info:

Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday Oct. 18 - Western Maryland Scenic Freight Photo Specials Outstanding video and photographic opportunities for the serious railfan-photographer are presented along the sixteen miles of track from Cumberland to Frostburg, Maryland. The fall foliage should be at its peak. The star performer will be the beautiful 1916, Baldwin-built, 2-8-0 dressed in a Western Maryland paint scheme complete with a fireball emblem. This ex Lake Superior and Ishpeming locomotive looks very much at home on the old Western Maryland right-of-way. The freight train will consist of ten, vintage freight cars and a caboose. Passengers ride in an air conditioned coach and diner. A Western Maryland GP-30 diesel is used to drop the passenger cars for the 25, or more, photo runbys. Because most of the line is uphill, westbound, the engine and train will back down from Frostburg to Cumberland to enable up-hill runbys to be made in the afternoon sun which will front-light the engine. Complimentary warm muffins, tea, hot chocolate and coffee are served in the dining car. Ride in 734's locomotive cab for a $30.00 donation to the railroad crew tip fund. Both trips depart the WMSR Cumberland station at 7:45 AM; return is at 5:15 PM. The cost of the Monday trip (approx. 55 patrons) is $139.00. The Tuesday trip (about 35 patrons) is $189.00. Optional hot lunches are available for $11.00. For a trip flier or additional information, please contact Carl Franz at: or call: 240-720-8686 or cell: 301-943-0608. Mail: Carl Franz, 16620 Shea Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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.

Saturday & Sunday, October 29-30, 2011 Delaware Train and Toy Show, Nur Shrine Temple, Rt. 13/ 198 So. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, DE.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Taking The Swing Train '40s Dance @ RR Museum of PA7 PM to 10 PM

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

Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2011 Trains & Troops @ RR Museum of PA. Greet guys and gals in uniform, experience many splendid railroad and military archival displays, enjoy the patriotic spirit. Ride the troop trains on the Strasburg Rail Road with living history reenactors on both days of the Railroad Museum's Trains & Troops program. Troop train tickets are sold separately by the Strasburg Rail Road on line at

Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, 2011 First Frost Train Meet9-4 & 9-3, Allentown Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall, 1120 S. Jefferson St.,

Saturday, December 3 & 10, 2011 Home For The Holidays @ RR Museum of PA. 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, more, among our world-class collection of trains.

Sunday, December 4, 2011 Wilmington Chapter's Annual Holiday Dinner, 5 PM at Maximillians's Restaurant and Tavern in Upper Chichester, Pa. Cost is $20 per person and as is tradition Steve Barry will present a year in review. Sign-up for the banquet at Chapter meetings through November. You can also sign up by contacting Chapter President Mike Burkhart at or at (610) 833-2338

Saturday, January 21, 2012 Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet 10-4, Merchants Square Ma; 1901 S. 12th St, Allentown, PA - new one day all scales

February 4, 2012 Super Saturday Streetcar Special XIX -- This trip will hopefully include the very first and very last Kowasaki cars. Details still being worked out. Tickets will be $?? More info soon. Visit to order tickets or to get more information. Paying by mail? Make checks payable to "Wilmington Chapter NRHS" and send to: Wilmington Chapter NRHS c/o Steve Barry 117 High Street Newton, NJ 07860


Thursday Oct. 20, 2011 7 PM Chapter Meeting (short) program by Dan Frederick

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 Frank Ferguson

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

Thursday Jan. 19, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Dave Watterson

Thursday Feb. 16, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Frank Ferguson

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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