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President Mike Burkhart called the meeting of the Wilmington Chapter to order at 7 PM. The minutes of the November meeting were approved as read by Secretary Dan Frederick as was the Treasurer's report by Dave Warner. It was reported that the Chapter's new digital projector has been purchased but is not yet "on the property."

Phil Snyder presented the Chapter with a very generous donation check from Mary Ann Haley in memory of her brother and long-time dedicated member of our Chapter - Ralph Stevens. Allen Tweddle brought an assortment of miscellaneous AMTRAK and PRR documents to be relocated from his basement to other member's basements - which worked well. If you have a particular interest in "old stuff" like that, Chapter Members are encouraged to contact Allen at

After a short break, Vice President Dave Watterson presented an assortment of vintage slides. We were treated to views of the "farewell to the GG-1" from June 6, 1981. In a single photo we got to see #4877 in red stripes, #4876 (of DC's Union Station fame), and F40PH2 #363 when it was only two months old (as noted in Dave Warner's book which happened to be readily available). There was the Wilmington & Western's #98 on the Octararro with short-lived gold stripes on her drivers. We saw the Strasburg RR before the tower arrived and Norfolk & Western's #611 on a trip from Alexandria to Charlottesville. There were more local views of Claymont, Maryland & Delaware #23 Alco in Ridgely, and Easton on April 18, 1982. We go to see some younger images of current and past members including Tom Smith, Dick Hall, Pete Cramer, Bill Bartosh, Harvey Smith, and Ken Berg. There was a photo of the aftermath of a December 31, 1966 accident at the open crossing at Harvey Rd. with 1963 Plymouth Fury rolled into a ball. We also saw the dump truck that got stuck vertically under the Stanton Railroad bridge. There was the October 29,1983 GG-1 NRHS/NJT trip for only $1 - when #4877 died (they do say you get what you pay for - ed). We saw the Western Maryland in Cumberland, the C&O canal, and the Rt. 213 B&O overpass at Childs, MD. Everyone present was glad to get to see some images of times gone by.


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 for our meeting.


If you have already paid your dues for 2012, thank you.If you have not paid yet, there is a RED mark on your address label. It would be wonderful if you could send your check to our Treasurer ASAP so you don't miss any future issues of The Transfer Table. David Warner 301 W. Lea Blvd, Wilmington DE 19802-1235

Message from the EDITOR

Well, you will just have to wait a little longer for my 'anniversary' issue surprise. I could say it was just to build up tension and anticipation, but for a variety of reasons, I just haven't gotten 'a round tuit' just yet. Rest assured that the entire writing and production staff will be addressing it soon - or maybe not, if that business trip materializes . . .


The improvements also will provide Norfolk Southern with the potential to connect Ohio Valley markets to other major East Coast container ports. The Heartland Connector project is a public-private partnership among Norfolk Southern, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Rail Development Commission, and Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments to upgrade the NS rail line to accommodate double-stack trains. Previously, containers only could be single-stacked on trains moving over the connector. The project included raising clearances at five locations along the 124-mile route between Cincinnati and Columbus and adding tracks at Norfolk Southern's Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal near Columbus. Prior to the upgrades, double-stack intermodal trains leaving the Port of Virginia for Cincinnati and Detroit followed longer routes through Tennessee or Pennsylvania. Now, double-stack trains bound for Detroit use a route that is 212 miles shorter, and trains traveling to Cincinnati travel 69 fewer miles and save up to two days transit time. Financial support for the $6.1 million project included $3.6 million from the federal government combined with matching contributions from Norfolk Southern and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments. Norfolk Southern's Heartland Corridor is the shortest, fastest double-stack route from the Port of Virginia to the Midwest. A single NS intermodal train takes up to 300 trucks off America's highways, reducing traffic congestion and repair costs. In addition, rail transportation is nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucking, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions. [NS Press Release via Ed Mayover]

Be part of this great weekend, make your reservations now! Call 304-456-4300 or toll-free 1-800-225-5982(Ask for Railfan Weekend)

The full FY 2013 request totals $2.167 billion and supports aggressive efforts by Amtrak to build the equipment, infrastructure and organization needed to ensure continued strong growth. The company is investing in projects critical for enhancing the passenger experience, essential for supporting its national network and vital for its future.

The funding request consists of four major components: $450 million for operations to support the national network of corridor, state-supported and long-distance trains; $1.435 billonfor capital and infrastructure projects nationally; $212 million for debt service; and $60 million for Northeast Corridor (NEC) development projects, the Gateway Program to add track, station and tunnel capacity into the heart of Manhattan, and the high-capacity 220 mph next generation high-speed rail system from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

The $1.435 billion request for FY 2013 for capital and infrastructure projects is a significant increase over the $657 million appropriated by Congress for FY 2012. Boardman stated that the increase is necessary to move beyond mere maintenance of existing equipment and infrastructure and to invest in improvements that support faster, more frequent and more reliable service in the Northeast, the Midwest and elsewhere. For example, Amtrak is ready to move forward on NEC projects that address the major backlog of deferred maintenance and enhance capacity at key chokepoints, provide greater connectivity and increase operating speeds.

The requested capital funding also will fund safety and security projects as well as customer focused programs such as improving station accessibility under requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and continuing the development of a next-generation reservation system. Funds are also required to replace an aging fleet of locomotives and passenger rail cars used for long-distance trains, state-supported routes and other corridor services. [AMTRAK press 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.

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.

Saturday & Sunday, February 25&26, 2012 Spring Thaw Train Meet 9-4 & 9-3, Allentown Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall, 1120 S. Jefferson St.,

Sunday, March 11, 2012 CHARTER DAY at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25, 2012 Greenberg's Train & Toy Show 10-4, Adults $7, Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801, FREE PARKING

Sunday, April 1, 2012 9th Annual Train Meet 9 AM-2 PM, Leesport (PA) Farmer's Market, sponsored by RDG. CO. TECH. & HIST. SOC.

Saturday & Sunday, April 14-15, 2012 Great Scale Train Show 9AM-4PM, $9, State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MDApril 21 thru Dec. 30, 2012 ROLE OF RRs IN PA DURING THE CIVIL WAR at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

April 21 thru Dec. 30, 2012 ROLE OF RRs in PA During the CIVIL WAR at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, 2012 CONRAIL DAYS at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2012 45TH RAILFAN WEEKEND AT CASS SCENIC RAILROADA three day event for train enthusiasts. Reservations are required. Visit for three-day ticket pricing. For overnight house rentals at Cass, 304-456-4300. Contact: 304-456-4300

Saturday & Sunday, June 2-3, 2012 NORFOLK SOUTHERN DAYS at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Saturday & Sunday, June 23-24, 2012 Great Scale Train Show 9AM-4PM, $9, State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD

Tuesday-Sunday, July 3-8, 2012 READING RAILROAD DAYS at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5, 2012 Greenberg's Train & Toy Show 10-4, Adults $7, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093, FREE PARKING

Saturday, September 22, 2012 MEMBERS DAY at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Sunday, October 7, 2012 GARDEN RAILWAYS TOUR at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 27-28, 2012 Great Scale Train Show 9AM-4PM, $9, State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3-4, 2012 TRAINS & TROOPS at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg


Thursday Feb. 16, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Frank Ferguson entitled "2011 Year in Review Part 1"

Thursday March 15, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Frank Ferguson entitled "2011 Year in Review Part 2"

Thursday April 19, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Dave Warner

Thursday May 17, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Somebody Else

Thursday June 21, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Somebody's Son

Thursday July 21, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting or a Chapter Trip or Something Else

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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