We are transitioning back to holding our monthly membership meetings in person. But we are working to make the programs available via Zoom. Keep an eye on the schedule below.
A thank you for our donors
Many thanks to our members who donated to our fund-raising drive to help preserve the B&O Railroad’s only existing station on the Philadelphia Subdivision. We sent $4,400 to the Friends of the Aberdeen B&O Train Station, Inc.
March 2022 program: Eastern Shortline Steam Railroads in the Early 1960s
Available on YouTube. A program featuring 8mm films of chapter member Jerry Hott. Railroads included are: The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, Ely-Thomas Lumber Company, Ft. Eustis Military Railroad, Buffalo Creek and Gauley, and The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.
February 2022 program: Pursuing the Reading: One Man's Obsession.
Available on YouTube. Dale Woodland traces his interest in the Road of Anthracite beginning with his trips to Philadelphia in 1946 behind Reading Pacifics to his involvement railroads operating on former Reading trackage now. He is currently Director of Museum Operations at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, PA.
November 2021 program: Rodney Peterson's All Roads Lead to Chicago.
Available on YouTube. Jim Kleeman drew upon material from Rodney Peterson's extensive slide collection for a nostalgic look at passenger service in Chicago and the Midwest from the 1950s to the 1970s.
October 2021 program: Shortline and Mainline Photo Journeys: 2020 - 2021.
Available on YouTube. Bob Kaplan discussed how he went about railfanning during COVID-19, while trying to stay safe.
Visiting our area? — As railfans, we can offer sightseeing
suggestions for visitors to the Washington, D.C.
area. Sample our collective wisdom.
Just for Fun:
Wayne Sherwin uses his digital editing skills to
create some interesting images.
September 2021 program: Contemporary California.
Available on YouTube. Alex Mayes took us to the popular locations in the Golden State during visits in 2018 and 2021, including the Surf Line, Cajon Pass, Tehachapi Loop, Frost, Santa Susana Pass, and Donner Pass. Scenes of a few tourist lines and a whale watching cruise off the coast of Monterey are included.
August 2021 program: 2020 Railroading on Cape Cod.
Available on YouTube. Doug Scott showed a multimedia PowerPoint presentation set to music. Doug will talk only at the beginning and end of the presentation.Railroads covered will be Mass Coastal freight, Bay Colony freight, New Bedford, Cape Cod Central passenger trains and the summer Boston-to-Hyannis CapeFLYER weekend passenger service. The NRHS Cape Cod Chapter runs the former New Haven Railroad West Barnstable train station as an active station and museum.
July 2021 program: Wintertime Steam.
Available on YouTube. Alex Mayes starts with the Cumbres & Toltec line-clearing event with steam-powered snow blower OY February 29 and March 1, 2020. He follows with a Durango & Silverton excursion to Cascade Wye the next weekend. The program then segues to February 2008 with scenes from Winter Steam Spectaculars on the Nevada Northern Railway and the Heber Valley Railroad.
April 2021 program: City of New Orleans: A train, a song, a region.
Available on YouTube. Past Akron Rail Club President Craig Sanders presented a program documenting the origin of the classic song, its namesake train, and railroading in the deep South.
March 2021 program: Railfanning the Western Maryland in the 1970s
Available on YouTube. John King covered the final years of the railroad before it was dissipated by the Chessie System.
February 2021 program: Rodney Peterson's Pennsylvania Railroad
Available on YouTube. Jim Kleeman presented images of the Pennsylvania Railroad taken through lens of the late Rodney Peterson. The program covered scenes from the late 40s to the early 70s.
Golden Spike 150th anniversary celebration
Member Jay Creswell captured these two images at the May 10, 2019 event marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad 150 years earlier. (Click to enlarge.)
Potomac Chapter is a group of
railfans based in the National Capital Area. We are
chartered as a branch of the National Railway Historical
Society (NRHS). We seek to increase public awareness of
railroads and their history.
us: For more information, you can call Vice President John Sery at (301) 431-0088, Director Carl Franz at (240) 720-8686, or Director Bob Dixon-Gumm at (301) 762-5073. You can write to us at: