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Train-watching at Alexandria Amtrak logo
–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.
MARC logoVeteran'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.
Newsletter linkNewsletter — We're very proud of our newsletter, Potomac Rail News.
– See last month's issue.
– Read the issue from two months ago.
– See the issue from three months ago.
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.

Internal business:

•  Membership meeting minutes
•  Board meeting minutes
•  Chapter bylaws
•  Email voting procedures
•  Archives of prior year minutes

Links to other rail-oriented web sites.

Requiem for a CPL - CSX Baltimore
CPL bridge dismantled
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.

Meetings — 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.
Inclement weather — 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. 
Chapter Information — Learn more about our chapter and how to become a member.
Publications — We offer several publications for sale.
Parking symbolParking — There are many parking alternatives for the membership meeting. See a map with alternatives.
Read chapter member Bob Cohen's history of railroading in the Washington, D.C. area.
Fun photo linkJust for Fun: Wayne Sherwin uses his digital editing skills to create some interesting images.
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: You can call our chapter phone line at 301-251-9461 . 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 cox DOT net

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