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Rumor has it that there was a meeting, people met, stuff was said, things were seen. Since the entire Editorial and Publication staff was about 250 miles south of the last meeting, we are unable to provide minutes to the last meeting at this time. Please refer to the official meeting minutes as recorded by the Secretary and deposited in the Chapter Archives.


A year's worth of work in one week is a challenge but then throw in record heat and rugged terrain. None of that deterred the more than 900 employees who worked safely and successfully to complete the company's 2012 CSX Maintenance "Jamboree" on a section of our network in the Southeast earlier this month. The "Jamboree," an annual event, compresses about a year's worth of track, signal and bridge maintenance and upgrades into roughly one week, reducing the impact on customers and communities. This year the company completed nearly $34 million of work during the "Jamboree," including maintenance and repair of tracks, signals and bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. These projects promote train safety, reliability and service, and benefit customers across CSX's network. They also help communities by getting all the necessary work done to maintain smooth crossings where roads and highways pass over the tracks. This work, focused on key routes between Shelby, Ky., and Abbeville, S.C.; and from Bostic, N.C. and Elmwood Junction, S.C. to Newberry, S.C., is part of CSX's overall maintenance program and the company's commitment to invest $2.25 billion in its network infrastructure this year. CSX crews completed the work on the July Fourth holiday, replacing or installing nearly 176,000 cross ties, 2,500 railcars of rock ballast, and 233,000 feet of mainline rail. The crews also installed an additional 59,000 feet of relay rail in the company's Erwin, Tennessee, yard, repaired or refurbished ten bridges and 255 road crossings, and completed nearly 650 track welds. [CSX 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.

April 21 thru Dec. 30, 2012 ROLE OF RRs in PA During the CIVIL WAR at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg Railroads were a key to the successes of both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War, and the contributions of Pennsylvania's railroads were an integral part of the Union's eventual victory. From supplying the Armies with munitions and food, to transporting troops, prisoners and communications, the Civil War was the first war in which railroads were a major factor. Photographs, documents and artifacts tell the story of Pennsylvania's railroads during the War Between the States.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 Conrail Technical Society Excursion Conrail T&HS announced an excursion from Washington, D.C. to Harrisburg and return using the Juniata Terminal PRR E8's operating via Perryville, NS Port Road to Columbia to the Enola Branch. Train will operate through Enola Yard and cross Rockville Bridge and return through Harrisburg and then operate over the Royalton Branch back to the Port Road. Departure from Washington is 8:00 am. Tickets are $ 172.50 in coach. Tickets are ordered through the CRHS website.

July 5-August 24, 2012 All Aboard! Paul P. Cret's Train Designs @ Athenaeum of Philadelphia 9AM-5PM Architect Paul P. Cret (1876 - 1945) designed public buildings such as the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, PA, the Detroit Institute of Art in Michigan, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC. Both he and his successor firm Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson (fl. 1945 - 1976) produced a surprising number of train car designs, both interior and exterior, for Philadelphia's Budd Company. Cret's relationship with the Budd Company is told through the many trains that he designed from the beginning of the association in 1933 through the extension of his firm after his death in 1945 to successors Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson. The Modern Classicism associated with Cret's architectural firm often becomes streamlined on the exteriors of the trains while the interiors display the rich approach already seen in Cret's building designs. Free Admission. http://www.philaathenaeum.org219 S. 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-3794 _Phone: (215) 925-2688

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Wilmington Chapter's Annual August Field Trip Every August, the Wilmington Chapter does a "field trip" for its members instead of the regular meeting. Past outings included a visit to Juniata Terminal's shops in Philadelphia, and Septa and NJ Transit circle trips. This year, we will take a tour of the new office and library building under construction at the Wilmington & Western Railroad in Marshallton, Del. We will also have a night photo session with freshly-painted W&W EMD SW900 number 915, which will be posed outside the engine house for our group. We will meet at 8 p.m. (one hour later than our regular meeting time) on Thursday, Aug. 16 outside the new building, located off Kiamensi Street. (Take Old Capitol Trail to a left on School Lane to a left on Kiamensi Street). John Iwasyk and J. Harry Feldman of the W&W will be our hosts for the evening. To participate in the night photos, please bring a camera that can be set to "bulb" as well as a tripod and cable release. Strobe lighting will be provided by me, Steve and Bruce Barry. You will also need to wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip-flops). We hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 26, 2012 Central PA Chapter's 37th Annual Train Meet 9-2, Adults $3, Warrior Run Fire Dept. Social Hall, Second St., Allenwood, PA

August 26 - September 3, 2012 54th Annual Summer Show @ Williams Grove Steam train rides! GREAT FOOD! Nightly entertainment! Blacksmith shop Steam Traction Engines operating daily Antique Tractors Hit and Miss Engines Car show on Sunday, August 26th. Horse pulls on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00pm. Consignment sale on Saturday, Sept. 1st. at 8:00am Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, Mechanicsburg, PA (717)-766-4001

Saturday, September 15, 2012 The Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, all scales, one day, Merchants Square Mall, 1901 South 12th Street, Allentown PA 18103

Saturday, September 22, 2012 MEMBERS DAY at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg. WARNING - Thomas Days at the Strasburg Rail Road

Saturday, September 22, 2012 Friends of the Furness Railroad District Tour & Mini Exhibition In the Fall of 2012 a festival is being held in the Philadelphia to Wilmington areas, to highlight the creative talent of the 19th century architect, Frank Furness. The festival will begin in early September and continue with events, tours, exhibitions, lectures, and symposia throughout this fall season, ending in early December. The second scheduled event will be on Saturday, September 22nd when the Friends of the Furness Railroad District will sponsor a tour and mini exhibition in Wilmington, DE. The tour will begin at Furness' Wilmington Amtrak, Railroad Station (formerly the Pennsylvania Railroad Station, 1907-8), and the adjacent but separate Pennsylvania Office Building (1905), followed by a walk along the Railroad viaduct to see some Furness inspired newer construction related to the Railroad Station, and then on to the Furness designed B&O Railroad Station (1888). We will then proceed up the hill to visit the Central National Bank (1885-1905 and later), also known as the Security Trust and Deposit Company, and now known as the Kimba Academy, a charter school. The tour will then conclude with a mini Furness exhibit at the adjacent Wilmington Historical Society where a talk will be held and refreshments will be offered.

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 July 21, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Mike Burkhart

Thursday August 16, 2012 << 8 PM >> Chapter Outing at Wilmington & Western Railroad in lieu of normal monthly meeting NOT the normal time, NOT the normal location ! ! !

Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Possibly A. Guest

Saturday Sept. 22, 2012 TBD Friends of the Furness Railroad District Tour & Mini Exhibition

Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Probably A. Member

Thursday Nov. 21, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Frank Ferguson

Sunday Dec. 2 or 9, 2012 5 PM Annual 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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