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[Southbound Q173 nearing Crystal City after passing location RO.  Photo by Mike Schaller.   May 27, 1999]

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March 2024 program: ALCO Shortlines & Regionals
Arkansas & Missouri C420 locomotive Available on YouTube. Alex Mayes took us on a tour of shortline and regional railroads in the Eastern U.S., including several all-ALCO lines.

February 2024 program: Railroading in the Columbia River gorge
BNSF units lead a freight train Available on YouTube. Bob Kaplan's program featured images from his visits to the gorge extends between 1978 and 2012. Included are freights in the Deschutes River Canyon and a couple of steam excursions.

January 2024 program: 40 years of Canadian Railfanning
CP E-units pulling a passenger train Available on YouTube. Jim Kleeman's program includes Toronto yards, Kicking Horse and Yellowhead Pass, Thompson and Fraser River Canyons. Images from: CP, CN, VIA and the Rocky Mountaineer.

October 2023 program: Specially Painted Motive Power
CSX locomotive Available on YouTube. Alex Koehler's program focused on the specially painted locomotives of Amtrak, CSX, and Norfolk Southern which honor the many former railroads which were merged to form the current Class 1 systems. The program begins in 2015 and includes the many attractive schemes up to 2023.

July 2023 program: NYS&W Railway in the 60s and 70s
NYS&W locomotive Available on YouTube. Tom Nemeth provides a look at freight operations, before stack trains, on the heritage New York Susquehanna & Western between Little Ferry, Butler, and Sparta Junction along with action at Edgewater on the Hudson river.

May 2023 program: 50 Years of Photography
Mike Yuhas photo Available on YouTube. Mike Yuhas, noted photographer and former Director of Advertising for Trains magazine, highlighted 50 years of his photography. Areas covered included Long Island, Hudson Valley, Philadelphia, and Southeastern Wisconsin.

April 2023 program: Ten Years Before and Ten Years After Amtrak
Ira Silverman Available on YouTube. May 1, 1971 represented the end of most privately operated passenger trains in the United States. Ira Silverman takes the viewer through the last years of the private passenger train and the first decade of Amtrak.

February 2023 program: NKP 765 videos
NKP 2-8-4 #765 Available on YouTube. Alex Koehler showed two videos featuring Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire #765. In the first video #765 pulls excursions for Norfolk Southern employees between Enola and Harrisburg, PA, in August 2012. The second video highlights public excursions Memorial Day weekend 2013.

January 2023 program: Montana Rail Link
MRL F45 locomotive No. 390 leads a freight train Available on YouTube. Jim Kleeman looks back at MRL over the last 30 years Their vintage EMD locomotives and the beautiful scenery drew him back to Montana at least a dozen times. When BNSF announced their acquisition plans, he headed west one more time to photograph MRL's last stand.

November 2022 program: Kansas City Southern - A Fond Look Back
KCS SD70ACe #4100 Available on YouTube. Bob Kaplan took his first photos of KCS in 1979 and made several additional trips to photograph this colorful railroad (the last being in April and May of 2022). His program documents the changes he observed and depicts some KCS operations.

Anniversary banquet program: Potomac Railroading
PRR GG1 #4935 rests at Harrisburg Available on YouTube. Former Trains Magazine editor Kevin Keefe presented B&W images from the Kalmbach archive covering action of the Mid-Atlantic region from the late 1940s through the early 1980s. He presented via Zoom at the chapter's 50th Anniversary banquet October 15, 2022.

August 2022 program: Steam Extrusions in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Ex-C&O 1309 2-6-6-2 Mallet steam locomotive Available on YouTube. Alex Koehler highlights steam excursion programs in the mid-Atlantic region between 2015 and 2022. Includes: Western Maryland 1309, New Hope and Ivyland 40, Reading and Northern 2102 + 425, Walkersville Southern, Stewartstown Railroad, and N&W 611.

May 2022 program: Rio Grande - Through the Rockies; Not Around Them
DRGW F9A #5771 Available on YouTube. Jim Kleeman covers the fabled Denver & Rio Grande Western. Dipping into his slides going back to 1987, along with some additional material from the Rodney Peterson Collection, he visits most of the DRGW system prior to the UP takeover. Highlights include: The Moffat Line, Tennessee Pass, The Great Basin Desert, and Soldier Summit

March 2022 program: Eastern Shortline Steam Railroads in the Early 1960s
1960s steam locomotive 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.
Reading FP7 locomotive 903 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.
Santa Fe train at Dearborn Station 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.
Maryland Midland locomotives with classic pickup truck Available on YouTube. Bob Kaplan discussed how he went about railfanning during COVID-19, while trying to stay safe.

September 2021 program: Contemporary California.
BNSF freight train 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.
Two locomotives, MPI/GE HSP46 and FL9 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.
Snow plow train 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.
City of New Orleans trainset 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
Western Maryland locomotive 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
GG1 locomotive pulling passenger train 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.


Three Strasburg steam enginesStrasburg Railroad tripleheader video —Member Stephen Sery captured a steam tripleheader, featuring engines 89, 90, and 475, during a special photo excursion on the Strasburg Railroad on October 23, 2017.

CSX and Amtrak at Gaithersburg Incident at Gaithersburg — Enjoy Stephen Sery's video, which documents the events associated with a CSX freight stopped by a broken coupler on the day of our 2011 chapter picnic.

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Other photos

Our chapter members offer these photos for your enjoyment:
Link to faux photos See products of Wayne Sherwin's digital photo manipulation skills. Link to Indian Head Central photos Indian Head Central photos from the Bob Thompson.
Link to 1999 winner Two images from Gordy Bjoraker, including the 1999 slide contest winner Link to convention photos Photos from the 2000 NRHS convention by Rick Davidson.
Link to classic diesels Classic diesel locomotives from Wayne Sherwin's collection Link to London photos London rail photos from Bill Holdsworth
Link to Italian photos Italian rail photos taken by Bill Holdsworth Link to Sept. photos September rail action captured by Mike Schaller
Link to local photos Local rail photos taken by Mike Schaller during Spring 1999 Link to Alexandria photos See a typical morning parade of trains at Alexandria, taken by Mike Schaller

[Cape May excursion]On August 21, 1999, a group of chapter members enjoyed a one-day transportation odyssey. They left from Greenbelt, MD Metro station via car for Lewes, Delaware. From there, they caught (on foot) the ferry to Cape May. From the ferry they took a bus to the train station where they boarded a round-trip excursion on the Cape May Seashore Railroad. The photo at right shows the group catching their breath at the Cape May station. (Photo by Mark Piotrowski.)

WM Scenic Railroad Action on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad at Helmstetter's Curve, January 16, 1999. Photo by Wayne Sherwin.