|Train-watching at Alexandria
–Do you like to watch trains?
–Do you like to listen to train crews on a scanner?
–Do you like hanging out with other railfans?
–Do you know where the Alexandria Amtrak station is?
–Do you want an excuse to dodge weekend chores at home?
If any of these apply, come join several of us from the Potomac Chapter NRHS at the Alexandria VA Amtrak station on Saturday, October 10, starting at 8:15 a.m. (the first Amtraks are 6:36, 7:18, and 8:36). Bring a lawn chair, scanner if you have one, water/soft drinks (vending machine available), and lunch (unless you want to join in buying pizza we will order on a Dutch treat basis). There are 6-8 more Amtraks by 2 p.m. depending on timekeeping, plus CSX freights. And we can stay as long as there is interest. Friends/dates/spouses welcome, spread the word! No RSVP needed.
|Veteran's Day trip to Perryville
Chapter member John Morris announced at our September meeting that MARC is operating on a Saturday schedule on Veteran's Day, November 11 and that he is planning to ride Union Station to Perryville on MARC #520 (departs Union Station 12:20 p.m.; arrives Perryville 2:13 p.m.) and return on MARC #537 (departs Perryville 2:30 p.m.; arrives Union Station 4:07 p.m.). Tickets for Seniors are $6 (one-way). John invites any interested chapter members to join him. Each person in responsible for purchasing their own ticket. To express your interest in riding the trip and for any questions, call John at (301) 946-8266 after 8 p.m.
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suggestions for visitors to the Washington, D.C.
area. Sample our collective wisdom.
Requiem for a CPL - CSX Baltimore
On May 17, 2014, CSX crews dismantled the color position light (CPL) signal bridge, dwarfs, and masts at the Bailey's Wye interlocking in downtown Baltimore. Chapter members John and Stephen Sery made a video to document the moment and pay tribute to those long-standing sentinels of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
— We meet the third Tuesday
of every month at 8:00 PM in the Montgomery
Country Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe
Street, Rockville, MD. We welcome visitors. Get directions.
— If it snows on meeting day, we follow the
decision of Montgomery County. If the county
government closes its offices
(not school events), the meeting is cancelled.
You can check the county
web page for Community Use of Public Facilities. Click on the link for Emergency/Closings. If the weather looks questionable,
the chapter webmaster will update this web page
about 6 p.m. on the night of the meeting.
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offer several publications for sale.
|Parking — There are many parking alternatives for the
membership meeting. See a map with
|Read chapter member Bob Cohen's history
of railroading in the Washington, D.C. area.
|Just for Fun:
Wayne Sherwin uses his digital editing skills to
create some interesting images.