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Wilmington Chapter
National Railway Historical Society

  Newsletters & Stories

The Wilmington Chapter publishes the "Transfer Table" (our Chapter's newsletter) 6 to 10 times a year. 

The "Transfer Table" comes in two versions:

The Lite Version is our electronic version which is available for free from this web site.  It has limited content but gives you a taste of what is offered in our Full Version.

The Full Version is our printed newsletter which is mailed to you.  It contains everything in the Lite Version along with many other reprinted pages from other NRHS newsletters, railroad publications, and flyers that contain photographs, drawings, and maps.  The full version is just another benefit of joining our chapter. 

The newsletters that are available online will give you an idea of what the Wilmington Chapter is all about.  If you join, you will be able to receive a printed copy of of the Full Version which will be delivered to your mailbox.

Below the Newsletters is a listing of Stories written by our members.

 The Transfer Table - Digital version of our official newsletter.

Issue

Content

Year 2013 Issues
June Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, Rockhill Trolley Museum
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Photo from the collection of Richard E. Hall, Pennsylvania DOT - Philadelphia Region - January 2010, Pennsylvania DOT - Pittsburgh / Harrisburg - January 2010, Pennsylvania DOT - Allentown / Scranton - January 2010, CSX System - Plate Clearance Map
 

May None printed this month. 
April Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, Amtrak Brakes - Past, Present and Future from the collection of Ed Thornton
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Pennsylvania DOT - Rail Maps of Philadelphia Region - January 2010; Pennsylvania DOT - Rail Maps of Pittsburgh / Harrisburg - January 2010; Pennsylvania DOT - Rail Maps of Allentown / Scranton - January 2010; CSX System - Plate Clearance Map
 

March Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, Amtrak Brakes - Past, Present and Future from the collection of Ed Thornton
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Article from L&WV Chapter's The Laurel Lines; Loading Anthracite in Box Cars from Leatherstocking Chapter's Rail Times; Pennsylvania Northeastern Starts Operations from Central Pennsylvania Chapter's September 2011 Newsletter; Photograph of Conrail's Northumberland (PA) Yard Feb. 20, 1983 from collection of Mark Eyer from Central Pennsylvania Chapter's September 2011 Newsletter; Delaware State Rail Plan FINAL DRAFT
 

February Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, Amtrak Brakes - Past, Present and Future from the collection of Ed Thornton
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Amtrak Train Speeds c1997 from The Bull Sheet ; B&O in Civil War from Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block;  Anniversaries & Closings from Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block; Great Northern Mail Crane from the collection of Richard E. Hall; Baldwin Letter & Cass Scenic Park from Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block; AMTRAK E-60 Drawing as it appeared in the April 1975 issue of The Transfer Table; CSX Low Emission & Pennsy Barge from Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block ;  Pennsy Barge from Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block; Wilmington's Four Track Station from the collection of Richard E. Hall
 

January Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, Amtrak Brakes - Past, Present and Future from the collection of Ed Thornton
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: information on NRHS Convention DVD Williams Grove Railroad 2013; Civil War History from Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block; Potomac Chapter's Potomac Rail News; Photo Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad's 2-6-2 #25 at Barview, Oregon in September 2011 (photo by Tom Smith)
 

Year 2012 Issues
December Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events,
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Photo of Virginia & Truckee 2-8-0 #29 in Virginia City, Nevada taken May 29, 2010 by Tom Smith; Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania handout from the collection of Greg Ajamian
 

November Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, McKeen Motor Car by Tom Smith
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: McKeen motor car photos by Tom Smith,  AMTRAK News July 1998, AMTRAK News July 1998, AMTRAK News ACELA Countdown October 1999, Lancaster Chapter's Lancaster Dispatcher - Dec. 2000 - La Grange Remembered.
 

October Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Motive Power from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car
 

September Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, The Shortest Railroad Tunnel In The World By Joe Fagan.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: An early 1970's photo by Tom Trencansky of the Lehigh Valley engine terminal in Sayre shows a wide variety of paint schemes and manufacturers. The photo appeared in the Cornell Railroad Historical Society's newsletter, the Leaky Valley in Jan 2012, Photo by Tom Smith of former McCloud River RR 2-6-2 25 now on the Oregon Coast Scenic RR and is seen here with the excursion train at Barview, Ore. on the Port of Tillamook Bay RR, formerly the SP's Tillamook Branch, Photos from Mike Burkhart: NS "Wabash Railroad" SD70Ace 1070 leads southbound loaded coal Train and 852 bound for the Indian River Power Plant on Aug. 4, 2012 at Clayton, Del. This is the first time a heritage unit has made it to the Delmarva Secondary, A classic "WHATIZZIT?" from the collection of Craig Bossler. It appears to be on a Pennsylvania flat car and looks like it would be dragged along the right-of-way to chop or cut weeds and/or undergrowth. Izzit the original "Weed Eater" with mega-horse-power? Photo of PRR ES12 at Perryville from the collection of Richard E. Hall, Cornell Railroad Historical Society's Leaky Valley Feb. 2012, Twin Span Turntable from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car, Half a Billion for Diesels from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car, Chesapeake Railway Association's High Green.
 

August Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, FALL PHOTO-FREIGHT SPECIALS on the WESTERN MARYLAND SCENIC RAILROAD.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Photo by former Chapter Member William V. Russell of Delmarva Power's #300208, a General Electric locomotive in Millsboro, DE shot on 17 - July - 1991 (from the Editor's collection). Leatherstocking Chapter's Rail Times reprint. B&O Railroad Museum from the collection of Greg Ajamian. Baldwin Diesels from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car From the collection of Richard E. Hall. Baldwin Diesels from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car. Steeplecab electric #50 shoves a cut of loaded soybean cars into the AGP plant in Mason City, Iowa, as sister #60 waits in the clear on June 26, 2012. Both motors were built by Baldwin Westinghouse, the No. 50 in 1920 for the Washington & Old Dominion, and the No. 60 in 1917 for the Youngstown & Ohio River. Passenger service on this 10-mile long interurban ended in 1936, but it is still under wire. Photo by Tom Smith
 

July Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events, Passing of Jack Rathburn, NRHS Chapters by Districts.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Octorara Branch from Lancaster Chapter's Lancaster Dispatcher. Susquehanna Valley Railway Historical Society's Erie & Lackawanna Exhibit in 2001. Pintsch Gas from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car.
 

May/June Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes, Chapter Events,
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: The Farewell to the Silverliners as photographed by Mike Burkhart on May 6, 2012: The West Chester Railroad's special trip for the Wilmington Chapter's hosting of the NRHS Director's meeting as photographed by Steve Barry on Oct. 28, 2011. Amtrak's 40th Anniversary display train visited the Wilmington, Del. Chapter's home city on March 31-April 1, 2012 and at least half a dozen members turned out - photo by Mike Burkhart. This 16-inch, 136-ton, 67-foot long gun was on USS Missouri during the Japaneese surrender in 1945. Saved from scrap, it is headed for the Fort Miles Historical Association at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Del. On April 14, 2012, it was awaiting final shipment at Georgetown, Del. by the Delaware Coast Railroad on KRL 70904 - photo below by Mike Burkhart . The Editor of The Transfer Table was unable to attend the April meeting due to a business trip. During that trip however, he did not totally neglect his responsibilities and he was indeed thinking about the newsletter. In fact he managed to locate and photograph a transfer table in Gilion, Switzerland - look closely and you will see it is a cog driven transfer table on the narrow gauge cog railway between Montreux and Rochers-de-Naye - Photos by Greg Ajamian 21-April-2012 ]Transfer Table, Gilion, Switzerland, Caux, Switzerland - elevation 3458 ft. en route to 6400+ ft. Arriving and departing Caux, Switzerland - elevation 3458 ft. en route to 6413 ft. [ Photos by Greg Ajamian on 21-April-2012 ]And, how about a narrow-gauge, cog railway, "rotary" snow plow with pantograph!? [ at Roches-de-Naye, Switzerland ]. Chapter Member Ed Thornton providing the official interpretation of PRR 492445 Air Brake Instruction Car at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania on June 2, 2012 - photo by Greg Ajamian. June 2-3,2012 were Norfolk Southern Days at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. NS sent the PRR Heritage unit and an F-7 A&B pair and a short exhibit train to honor the occasion - photo by Greg Ajamian. South Chapel St., Newark, DE 1950 - from the collection of Richard E. Hall. Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car NY NH&H.
 

April Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes,  Chapter Events, AMTRAK OVER TEHACHAPI! Proving it Can be done! by Tom Smith, DESERT COMMUTER RUNNERS---RAIL AND FRONT By Tom Smith
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus:The Rockville Limited handout - 2002 (This Rockville Trip was Ten Years Ago!); Rails Baltimore 1963 from The Bull Sheet Sept. 2001; UP 150th from Cornell Railroad Historical Society; Reading Relief Cranes from the collection of Richard E. Hall, etc.
 

March Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Acela On Track March 1999; Amtrak Cab Car Northeast Corridor Mechanical Dept., DC News from Potomac Chapter's Potomac Rail News, Philadelphia Chapter's Farewell to Streamliners
 

February Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Heilman Steam-Electric Locomotive - Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car ; a photo of unknown location from the collection of Richard E. Hall (unfortunately, he will not be able to answer the question); GE's ES44AC from Collis P. Huntington RR Hist. Society's Gondola Gazette; The First Day - Collis P. Huntington RR Hist. Society's Gondola Gazette; Photo of Virginia & Truckee 4-6-0 #25 at Nevada Stat RR Museum Carson City, NV 5/31/2010 by Tom Smith; NJ Transit ALP-46 from New Jersey Chapter's Jersey Central News; Electric City Trolley Museum Association's News Bulletin Feb-April 2010.

January Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. Mile Marker #150 by Greg M. AjamianIn; Amtrak Major Projects in 2012 A News Release forwarded by Ed Mayover
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Testing of a Locomotive - Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car; Photo With A Story To Tell - by Richard E. Hall; GG-1 from Northeast Corridor Mechanical Department; Journeys In An Old Timetable - Tom Smith
 

Year 2011 Issues
December None printed this month. 
November None printed this month. 
October Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: two photos from Mike Burkhart taken 10-September-2011 at Kennett Square. The East Penn Railroad, which operates the old Octoraro Railway, received two GP38-2 locomotives painted in an attractive yellow and blue scheme. They are former Belt Railway of Chicago engines. Coupler Surprise - from the collection of Richard E Hall. Wilmington Maintenance Facility - Wilmington Chapter NRHS visit September 9, 2000 - see August 2011 for part 1 of brochure.
 

September Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: SEPTA Rail & Transit Map - effective July 25, 2010;  Photos by Tom Smith from the collection of Craig Bossler that include Ex-Pennsy parlor Defender on display at Wilmington & Western station at Greenbank, DE;  W&W paint crews attack Defender at Marshallton shops, covering Tuscan red with W&W colors of blue and yellow;  With one coat of paint applied, Defender stands on display at Greenbank, DE;  Last day of operation (Oct.29, 1967) Defender was the scene of a birthday party for one of the members and a party for all workers. Festivities lasted all day and the parlor car was behind the locomotive so passengers would not be passing through; Strange consist on W&W on a day in June 1967 when everything went wong.2-6-0 (President Washington) followed by 18-ton; Plymouth that broke down switching the ex-Navy wooden gondola. #92 retrieved the whole lot. (The gondola became an open car);  Oct. 24,1967 #92 steamed up for free ides on W&W-built siding in Marshallton. Purchased B&O siding was later laid next to it; W&W 2-6-0 #92 at Hockessin, DE on third Hockessin trip (9/23/67) to celebrate charter of the local NRHS Chapter; Then busiest day in history of W&W (Oct.22,1967), all rolling stock (including the Defender) pressed into service for 2 PM departure to handle capacity crowd of 1300; "Modern" crossing gate (circa 1966) from the collection of Richard E. Hall; Brandywine Valley Railroad as of February 2001 from the collection of Greg M. Ajamian; Lindbergh Special PRR #460 from Lancaster Chapter's Lancaster Dispatcher; B&O's NYC - DC Route from Philadelphia Chapter's Cinders; SW-1600 used by Lukens Steel, Coatesville, PA from the collection of Greg M. Ajamian; Plant track map for Lukens Steel, Coatesville, PA March 30, 2001 from the collection of Greg M. Ajamian; Lukens Steel Narrow Gauge Flat Car, Coatesville, PA from the collection of Greg M. Ajamian
 

August Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Photo by Mike Burkhart; Wilmington Transit Center Map - August 1998; Wilmington Maintenance Facility - Wilmington Chapter NRHS visit September 9, 2000.
 

July Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Railfanning in Wilmington Part II, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Railfanning Wilmington DE - by Bruce Barry, Washington D.C. Chapter's The Timetable - Almost Heaven, Washington D.C. Chapter's The Timetable - Martinsburg, Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car - The Blue Comet, Chesapeake Railway Association's High Green - Fort Lee
 

June Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, NRHS News, Railroading in Southern Chester County - Lectures By Greg Ajamian, Leslie G. "Shiney" Miller By Carole Miller McComas, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: 150 Years of Railroading Through Southern Chester County; The Brandywine Limited - Chapter Trip - April 16, 1983; Philadelphia Express from Philadelphia Chapter's Cinders; Conrail Report from Lancaster Chapter's Lancaster Dispatcher; AMTRAK's "High Speed Trains" circa 1991 from The Bull Sheet; Photo and commentary from the collection of Richard Hall; Elwood Lindsay Obituary - Oxford Press - September 17, 1908; Resolutions of Gratitude following the Blizzard of 1899
 

May None printed this month. 
April None printed this month. 
March None printed this month. 
February Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, NRHS News, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Photo, story, and trivia from the Editor's files thanks to Richard E. Hall, Popular Railroad Nicknames thanks to Cinders but via Central Pennsylvania Chapter's The Susquehannock, Reusing Train Oil from the Cumberland (MD) Times-News via Western Maryland Chapter's The Automatic Block
 

January None printed this month. 
Year 2010 Issues
December Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Dues Are Due, ! ! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ! !Message from the Chapter President - Mike Burkhart, FOUR DAYS ONLY - NEWS RELEASE From Delaware Public Archives , PATH Tour By Mike Burkhart, Super Saturday Streetcar Special XVIII TRIP,  Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Four photos by Mike Burkhart on Nov. 6 of the first Saturday of revenue service for the Septa Silverliner V cars. Photos of this year's Wilmington Chapter of the NRHS Annual Holiday Dinner at Maximillian's December 5, 2010 provided by President Mike Burkhart. National President Greg Molloy and our National Director Steve Barry presenting a 25-Year pin to member Dan Frederick under the watchful eye of Chapter President Mike Burkhart. Claymont Station Improvement Plan via Phil Snyder.  SEPTA Silverliner V from Lancaster Chapter's Lancaster Dispatcher. PRR GG-1 from Delaware Valley Chapter's The Observation Car
 

November Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, From The President, From The Trip Director, From The Treasurer, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: PATCO's Search from West Jersey Rails
 

October Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor,  Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Potomac Chapter's Potomac Rail News, Chesapeake Railway Association's High Green
 

September Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Do-It-Yourself Chapter Trip. Report by Mike Burkhart, Amtrak Corporate Guidelines on Photography and Video Recording, SEPTA Photography & Filming Guidelines, New Jersey Transit Photography Policy ?, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: West Chester Railroad Photo Sessions, Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter slide show, Wilmington Chapter Membership List.
 

August Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Message from the Editor, Remembrance of Pete Cramer, ENDLESS MOUNTAIN RAILS 2010--NRHS CONVENTION--SCRANTON, Pennsylvania by Tom Smith, Chapter Trip notes, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events.
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Richard Hall's collection and the stack of "one pagers" Photos below by Mike Burkhart from the 22-July-2010 Chapter Trip & Night Photo Session at the Juniata Terminal. Lehigh & Susquehanna from Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society's Laurel Lines, Senate Subway from Washington DC Chapter's The Timetable
 

July Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Message from the Editor, Remembrance of Pete Cramer, John A. Darling and  Len Arcus's wife Joann T. Arcus, Chapter Trip notes, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: 

The two photos below are from John Meise from his presentation at the May 2010 Chapter Meeting: items from Richard E. Hall collection, Thomas Viaduct, L&WV Chapter's The Laurel Lines, Rockhill Trolley Museum, Roanoke Chapter, Walkersville Southern
 

June None printed this month. 
May Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Message from the Treasurer, ONE LAST ALCO SAFARI By Tom Smith, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: material from Richard Hall, Scranton & Duryea from The Laurel Lines, B&O 1951 from Chesapeake Railway Association's High Green, Oneonta Station from Leatherstocking Chapter's RailTimes, Evolution of the Steam Loco Part IV from Leatherstocking Chapter's RailTimes, Industrial Electric Switcher from the collection of Richard Hall, Evolution of the Steam Loco Part V from Leatherstocking Chapter's RailTimes, China's High Speed from Baltimore Chapter's Interchange, Coal Dust & Aberdeen from Baltimore Chapter's Interchange
 

April Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Lets Brag About the Broadway, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Penna & Delaware Branch Profile from the collection of  Richard Hall, Photos of trains in the snow, by Bruce Barry
 

March Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, Message from the Editor, Message from the New President, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Photos near Harrisburg, PA May 16, 2005 by Joe Reed, Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley's Laurel Lines - news, Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley's Laurel Lines - Anthracite Part 1, Conowingo - Stone & Webster Report from Philadelphia Electric Company Library, Washington DC Chapter's The Timetable - Union Station Part IV, Perryville's Twin Tubs by Richard E. Hall, Chapter Trip - 30 Years Ago ! Maryland & Delaware RR 
 

February None printed this month. 
January Lite Version - Meeting Notes, News Bits, "Letters" to the Editor, DAYLIGHT IN THE ROCKIES by Tom Smith, Schedule Notes and Chapter Events. 
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Full Version - All of the Lite Version plus: Locomotive storage article from Baltimore Chapter's Interchange; B&O Timetable from Philadelphia Chapter's Cinders; Photos by Mike Burkhart of the Wilmington Chapter's Dec. 12, 2009 Christmas Lights Charter Trolley Trip with operator Gary Mason's decorated streetcar out for night photography. Trip departed from Callowhill; VRE, MARC, NS from Baltimore Chapter's Interchange;  A Tribute to Richard E. Hall from Historic Red Clay Valley's The Lantern; Reading Banquet form - Tickets will only be available until February 23, 2010; B&O from Philadelphia Chapter's Cinders; Crash of the Federal from Lancaster Chapter's Lancaster Dispatcher; Union Station Part 1 from Washington DC Chapter's The Timetable; Stewartstown Railroad from Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad; Gaithersburg Caboose from Potomac Chapter's Potomac Rail News; Collapse of Shimer Trestle from Collis P Huntington HRS's Gondola Gazette; From the "pen" and collection of Richard E. Hall; News from the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter's Laurel Lines; Photo in Harrisburg, PA by Joe Reed

 

 

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