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Walter G. Robbins, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we have to report that former Chapter President Walter G. Robbins, Jr. passed away on February 21, 2012. He had held almost every office in the Chapter at one point in time. From the obituary in the Wilmington News Journal, "Walt had a strong interest in traditional American music, and was a founding member of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music serving on the Board of Directors for many years. He was also involved in railroading, volunteering at the Wilmington and Western Railroad and being a long time member of the National Historic Railroad Society. In addition, he was a member of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association participating in many of their events in Kinzer, PA including being the engineer of Little Toot Railroad at the annual Threshermen's Reunion for many years." He will be greatly missed.

Ross Sakers

We also have to report that we just learned that long time Chapter Member Ross Sakers passed away in November of last year at Shipley Manor in Wilmington. Born and raised in Trainer, he lived in Trainer all of his life. Ross was a Navy Veteran who served during W.W. II. He retired from the Navy after 20 years and later worked at the Blind Center in Chester, PA. He was also model train enthusiast who enjoyed reading, traveling, and cruises. He, too, will be greatly missed.


President Mike Burkhart called the meeting of the Wilmington Chapter to order at 7 PM. As there was no Secretary at the meeting, there were no minutes read. National Director Steve Barry reported on the Board of Director's meeting in Williamsburg, VA in January. He said our Chapter is in Region #3 which includes NJ, DE, MD, DC, and two VA Chapters. If you are planning to go to the national convention and call the hotel's national reservation line, they will say that the hotel is fully booked. Instead, you should call the Cedar Rapids hotel directly. Trip Director Steve Barry reported that our recent Street Car Trip with two coupled Kawasaki cars was a success for the Chapter and for the 41 guests aboard. Projection Equipment Director Steve Barry reported that our Chapter now has its own computer projector allowing film-challenged photographers to display their efforts at Chapter meetings - i.e. no more excuses for not sharing a program. The Treasurer's report, although slightly delayed by some drama at Popeye's, was approved as read by Dave Warner.

This evening's program was brought to us by Frank Ferguson - as will be next month's program - - and as was last November's program (which somehow was allegedly not documented in The Transfer Table). Frank's program, entitled "2011 Year in Review Part 1," not surprisingly covered the months of January through June 2011. We saw scenes in MD, VA, PA, NJ, IN, and IL. We saw locomotives in the following paint schemes: AMTRAK, MARC, VRE, DC Metro, Buckingham Branch, NS, Conrail, BNSF, UP, SEPTA, NJT, Landisville RR, CSX, ACELA, West Chester RR, Strasburg RR, Lehigh, US Rail, EJ&E, Iowa Interstate, ADM, Iowa, Chicago, & Eastern, Burlington Jct., Savage, KCS, CNW, Burlington, Rock Island, Peroia Western, CN, IC, Chicago Metro, GT, KBS, HLCX, and the Indiana RR. There were two Chinese QJ steamers, the Nickel Plate765, and there were even, for some unknown reason, multiple images of a tank engine that goes by the name "Thomas." There was actually a rolling stock shot of not one, but two loaded depressed center flats (thank you, Frank) and a shot of the Hiawatha Sky Dome Observation car. And that was only half of the year - just wait until next time! (Be There!)


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

Since my first issue as Editor of The Transfer Table was April 1994 (and things have been a little busy at work lately), it looks like the 'anniversary' issue will have to wait just a little longer.











































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, 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

Saturday & Sunday, March 31 - April 1, 2012 Amtrak 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train @ Wilmington, DE10 a.m- 4 p.m. Wilmington Station, 100 South French Street

Sat. Mar 31, Sun. April 1, Sat. April 7, 2012 West Chester Railroad's Easter Bunny Express 12 PM & 2 PM, West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village

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 9 AM-4PM, $9, State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD

Saturday , April 21, 2012 Delaware Train Show Nur Shrine Temple, Rt. 13, 198 S. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, DE. POC: 856-302-3606.

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

Thursday, May 3, 2012 "Duffy's Cut" - OXFORD AREA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION 7 PM Oxford Presbyterian Church. Pine St. Immigrant Irishmen working on a nearby railroad died under mysterious circumstances. Was it epidemic disease or murder?! Matt Patterson reviews archeology, railroads, and social unrest of the area to tell us this mystery story. For all meetings, bring pictures and artifacts for display. For information, call 610-932-2888

Saturday, May 5, 2012 Reading & Northern Excursion from Port Clinton, PAR&NRR and Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley NRHS chapter to run the "Hopper Jet" rare mileage photo freight. Harkening back to the glory days of the old Reading railroad our photo freight will tour the railroad from Port Clinton to North Reading yard, Tamaqua, East Mahanoy Jct. and Mahanoy City over rare freight-only mileage on the R&N main and Mahanoy & Shamokin lines into the heart of today's anthracite coal corridor. Tracks closely parallel abandoned anthracite canal, railroads, mining facilities and the Atlas Powderworks. In addition to passing active mining R&N hopper cars will be seen in the yards and sidings. The train will be powered by 3 former Lehigh Valley SW-8s, along with 10 R&N hopper cars, passenger equipment and a caboose. These 60-year old EMD switchers have been hauling anthracite coal almost since the day they were delivered to the LV 60 over years ago. Coach $79, open-air photo car $89, or caboose $99. Train will run rain or shine. All sales are final=no refunds. Train departs Port Clinton at 11 a.m. returning to Port Clinton by 7 p.m. Three photo-freight runbys are planned. Passenger equipment will be cutoff for the runbys. Motive power is subject to availability and can be substituted. Boxed lunch is also available for $8. Hoagie options include ham, turkey, or vegetarian with soft drink and snack. Address check or money order to: L&WV RHS Excursion, 30 Harford Ave. Shavertown PA 18708. Make out to: L&WV RHS Excursion. Tickets will be mailed. For more information contact:

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

Sunday, May 27, 2012 West Chester Railroad's Memorial Day Special

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

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.

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, July 14-15, 2012 6th Annual Toy & Model Train Flea Market @ Williams Grove9-4 Sat., 9-2 Sun., Steam train rides, model train display, stands with collector items to purchase. Raffle each day to for a chance to operate Locomotive 52! Free parking. Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, Mechanicsburg, PA (717)-766-4001

Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5, 2012 Greenberg's Train & Toy Show10-4, Adults $7, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093, FREE PARKING

August 26 - September 3, 2012 54th Annual Summer Show @ Williams GroveSteam 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 22, 2012 MEMBERS DAY at RR Mus. of PA, Strasburg

Sunday, October 7, 2012 GARDEN RAILWAYS TOUR at RR Mus. of PA, StrasburgSaturday & Sunday, Oct. 27-28, 2012 Great Scale Train Show9AM-4PM, $9, State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD

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


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 Bruce Barry

Thursday June 21, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Mike Burkhart

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

Thursday August 16, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting too much late daylight to show slides

Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Probably A. Member

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

Thursday Nov. 21, 2012 7 PM Chapter Meeting program by Maybe A. Guest

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.
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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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