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National Railway Historical Society

NRHS 2018 Convention
Photos & Stories by Chris Guenzler

Photos and stories from the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) 2018 Annual Convention by Chris Guenzler. The below includes Amtrak travel to the event, and reports and photos from many rail outings at NRHS.

July 22, 2018 - The Trip to Newark, New Jersey and the NRHS 2018 Convention: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler This year, I would not only be able to take the train back to the NRHS 2018 Convention in Cumberland, Maryland, but Robin Bowers and I would be able to ride both ways plus... Read More>>

July 26, 2018 - Finishing the Amtrak System again! Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I woke up today in the Hotel Riviera knowing that I would finishing the Amtrak System again, tonight when I step off the train in Roanoke will be the moment. I was up by 6:30 AM and put the corrections in my story from Elizabeth and then... Read More>>

July 27, 2018 - Virginia Museum of Transportation: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The museum began its life in 1963 as the Roanoke Transportation Museum located in Wasena Park in Roanoke, Virginia. The museum at that time was housed in an old Norfolk & Western Railway freight depot on the banks of the... Read More>>

July 27, 2018 - O. Winston Link Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The O. Winston Link Museum is a museum dedicated to the photography of O. Winston Link, the twentieth century railroad photographer widely considered the master of the juxtaposition between steam railroading and rural culture. He is most noted for... Read More>>

July 27, 2018 - C&O Railway Heritage Center: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway traces its origin to the Louisa Railroad of Louisa County, Virginia, begun in 1836, and the James River & Kanawha Canal Company begun 1785, also in Virginia. The C&O of the 1950s and 1960s at its height before the... Read More>>

July 28, 2018 - The Durbin Rocket: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Durbin Rocket operates out of Durbin, WV, from May to October. During July and August, there are two daily services Thurs-Sun, one leaving at 10.00am and one at 2.30pm. The rides are very popular, particularly on weekends and during Fall runs... Read More>>

July 28, 2018 - A few surprises, Princeton Station and a stay at the Elkhorn Inn: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Known as the "Richest Little Railroad in the World," the Virginian Railway was formed in 1907 through the marriage of the Deepwater Railway in West Virginia and the Tidewater Railway in... Read More>>

July 29, 2018 - Tweetsie Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Tweetsie Railroad is a family oriented Wild West theme park located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States. The centerpiece of the park is a 3-mile ride on a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad's historic... Read More>>

July 29, 2018 - Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Newton was served by the narrow gauge Chester & Lenoir, which arrived in 1882. It was folded into Southern subsidiary Carolina & North Western and standard gauged in 1902. The Newton Depot Authority was... Read More>>

July 29, 2018 - North Carolina Transportation Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The museum was founded in 1977, when the Southern Railway deeded 4 acres of land to the state of North Carolina for a transportation museum. Two years later, another 53 acres was added to the... Read More>>

July 30, 2018 - A Day Railfanning in North Carolina: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We left the Super 8 in Salisbury and headed to the grade crossing just north of the Salisbury station. Here we waited for the Carolinian to arrive. We called Julie and learned it left 25 minutes late this morning... Read More>>

July 31, 2018 - North Carolina Piedmont Train Service: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Piedmont or Piedmont Service is a twice-daily passenger train operated by Amtrak and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) between Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina. Operations began in... Read More>>

August 1, 2018 - The Crewe Railroad Museum and returning to Roanoke: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Crewe Railroad Museum is located on Highway 460 in the heart of town, four miles from the junction of 360/460. In the yard climb on a diesel engine, a caboose, and our steam engine 606 that has... Read More>>

August 2, 2018 - Roanoke to Wilmington Train 176: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Today's trip is to get Robin and I to Wilmington so we can start the northern portion of this rail adventure. We had a 5:00 AM wake-up call and with clothes and boots set out, it was easy to get ready so early in... Read More>>

August 4, 2018 - The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum and Hagerstown Railroad Park and more: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Hagerstown Roundhouse Complex was built in 1939. The 25 stall roundhouse and shops were the major facility for maintenance and repairs of locomotives and cars in... Read More>>

August 4, 2018 - Walkersville Southern Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Walkersville Southern Railroad runs track and structures originally built by the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line railroad. This railroad ran from Frederick, Md to the Pennsylvania-Maryland State line, or Mason-Dixon line near... Read More>>

August 4, 2018 - National Capitol Trolley Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler NCTM was incorporated on January 4, 1961, as the National Capital Historical Museum of Transportation, Inc.[2] Progress was slow at first, but the Museum eventually combined efforts and streetcar collections with a... Read More>>

August 4, 2018 - B&O Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The B&O Railroad Museum is a museum exhibiting historic railroad equipment in Baltimore, Maryland, originally named the Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum when it opened on July 4, 1953. It has been called... Read More>>

August 4, 2018 - The Baltimore Streetcar Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The original Museum collection had been under the stewardship of the United Railways and Electric Company, then the Baltimore Transit Company and finally, for a short time, the Maryland Historical Society. Finally the... Read More>>

August 5, 2018 - Newtown Square Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Newtown Square Freight station was constructed in 1895, shortly after the railroad line was built. It was located on the west side of Newtown Street Road (Rt. 252) and now Winding Way. This was also the site of the... Read More>>

August 5, 2018 - The West Chester Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The original West Chester Railroad Company was chartered in 1831 through an act of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and the company built its rail line to Malvern (later moved to Frazer). A quarter century later... Read More>>

August 5, 2018 - Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The museum's collection has more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars that chronicle American railroad history. Visitors can climb aboard various locomotives and cars, inspect a 62-ton locomotive from... Read More>>

August 5, 2018 - Strasburg Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Located just outside of the town of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, the railroad is a heritage railroad offering excursion trains, hauled by steam locomotives, through the heart of world-famous Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Strasburg currently has... Read More>>

August 6, 2018 - Onward to Cumberland: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We checked out of the Rodeway Inn and stopped at McDonalds for breakfast. As it was Monday morning, we stayed off Interstate 95 and took surface streets straight into Wilmington. We pulled up in front of the Amtrak station, took our... Read More>>

August 7, 2018 - Cass Railroad to Bald Knob: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We then proceeded to the bridge and drove across it very slowly since I was not sure it would hold up. We made it across, much to our glee and delight, and continued down Highway 28, passing through such places as... Read More>>

August 8, 2018 - The NRHS 2018 Convention Cass to Elkins: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The town of Cass was always centered around the lumber companies that inhabited the valley and operated the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Mill. The mill operations were enormous during its... Read More>>

August 9, 2018 - Western Maryland Scenic Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is a heritage railroad based in Cumberland, Maryland. It operates over ex-Western Maryland Railway trackage to Frostburg, Maryland and back using both steam and... Read More>>

August 10, 2018 - NRHS 2018 Convention Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The PESR runs on the track of the South Branch Valley Railroad, which was established by the state of West Virginia in 1978 to operate a line abandoned by the B&O. Freight service on... Read More>>

August 11, 2018 - NRHS 2018 Convention Everett Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Everett Railroad is a short-line railroad that operates ex-Pennsylvania Railroad trackage in the Hollidaysburg area of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It runs freight trains over two separate lines, one from... Read More>>

NRHS Convention Reports & Photos
From Prior Years:
2017
2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012
2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007
2006 / 2005 / 2005 / 2005 / 2005
2004 / 2004 / 2003 / 2002 / 2002
2001 / 2001 / 1999 / 1992 / 1992

Related Links:

National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) Official Website

Stories and Photos from prior NRHS Conventions

More stories and photos from Chris Guenzler


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