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COVID-19 update

Monthly meetings are held via Zoom video conference software.

For connection information, please contact Bill Holdsworth at

Upcoming events

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.

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Visiting our area? — As railfans, we can offer sightseeing suggestions for visitors to the Washington, D.C. area. Sample our collective wisdom.
Fun photo linkJust for Fun: Wayne Sherwin uses his digital editing skills to create some interesting images.

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.

Golden Spike 150th anniversary celebration
Jupiter (CP#60) at the Golden Spike 150 celebration at Promontory Point UP #119 at the Golden Spike 150 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.

Contact 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:

    Potomac Chapter NRHS
    P.O. Box 235
    Kensington, MD 20895-0235

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Bill Holdsworth,

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Rick Davidson mailto:rdavidsonjr AT gmail DOT com
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