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Since COVID-19 our meetings are a mixture of Zoom, in-person, and hybrid. Keep an eye on the schedule below.

YouTube linkPrograms — Check out our YouTube channel for recent programs.
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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.

Newsletter linkNewsletter — We're very proud of our newsletter, Potomac Rail News.
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Meetings — We meet the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. Sometimes on Zoom. Sometimes in person in downtown Rockville. Check the calendar.
Chapter Information — Learn more about our chapter and how to become a member.
Parking symbolParking — There are many parking alternatives for the membership meeting. See a map with alternatives.
Link to photo page
— See a sample of photos from our chapter.
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.

A thank you for our donors
Aberdeen B&O station
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.

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 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

E-mail our Webmaster:
Bill Holdsworth,

For membership information e-mail
Rick Davidson mailto:rdavidsonjr AT gmail DOT com
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