Memorable Moments from the Chapter's Past
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Annual Christmas Dinner
|Annual Christmas dinner at Methodist Church in Bellwood, PA. December 8, 1984. Photo by David Seidel||Annual Christmas dinner at Methodist Church in Bellwood, PA. December 8, 1984. Photo by David Seidel|
|Partial head table for Horseshoe Curve Chapter dinner 12-8-1984. Seated: Fred Long, Dan Cupper, guest speaker, and Paul Westbrook, Jr., President. Photo by David Seidel||Another partial view of head table for the Christmas Dinner at Methodist Church in Bellwood, PA. Seated l-r: M. Richard Charlesworth, Mrs. Fred Long, Fred Long (rear), Dan Cupper (standing)-guests speaker, Paul and Edna Westbrook. Photo by David Seidel|
|January 1985 -partial view of H. Wayne (Harley) Burket's model train layout (HO). Harley was Horseshoe Curve Chapter's first National Director upon receipt of the NRHS charter, May 11, 1968. Not in view is Harley's "Horseshoe Curve". Harley's train room has entertained legions of rail enthusiasts in the greater Altoona area over the years. Photo by David Seidel||8-25-85 at Altoona station. Chapter members Dick Charlesworth, David and Virginia Seidel, pose beside the private car "Survivor" on a special excursion train visiting the city. Horseshoe Curve Chapter members assisted in staffing the special excursion train from Altoona to Gallitzin and return.|
|"New Officers Elected"; Altoona Mirror||8-24-85. Excursion train at Altoona station from Lancaster, in which
Horseshoe Curve Chapter members assisted. Shown, l-r: H. Wayne (Harley)
Burket and Bud Gray, ready for duty. Photo by David Seidel
|"Rail Group plans rides for Celebration"; 2-29-86, Altoona Mirror||March 1986. Members of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, and the Altoona-Blair County Photographic Society tour Conrail's new Regional Dispatch Center in downtown Altoona. Visble on left: Lou Leopold, Paul Burrows and William Seidel. On extreme right is Conrail Dispatcher Jim Winston. The Conrail Dispatch Center, an ultra-modern state-of-the-art facility in the former Gable Department Store building, was relocated a few years later to Harrisburg. Photo by David Seidel|
|4-86 Dinner meeting of Horseshoe Curve Chapter. Left to right: Mr.& Mrs. Frank Schwartz and William & Catherine Seidel. Photo by David Seidel||4-86 Dinner meeting of Horseshoe Curve Chapter. Left to right: William, Catherine, David and Virginia Seidel; Edna Westbrook. Photo by Larry McKee|
|4-86 Dinner meeting of Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS. Left to right: Harry Arthur, Nancy Temple, Kevin Burket. From front to back on right: Bill Temple and Pearl Arthur. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur are now deceased. Photo by David Seidel||December 1986, Paul Detrich relaxing at home approximately 8 months prior to his death. Chapter Historian Dave Seidel first became acquainted with Mr. Detrich in 1966 while working for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Dave was a clerk on the extra board in the Trainmasters Department. During a slow period, Dave was on loan to the East Altoona Stores Department where he had the opportunity to meet and work with Paul Detrich. The Stores Department required inventory to be reported in and out via teletype (Dave's job). A lasting friendship began with Paul Detrich who later became a member of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter NRHS when it organized. Paul participated in all Chapter activities until his health declined and a stroke left him impaired.|
Rebuilding the East Freedom, PA siding (Everett Railroad) for storage of the NRHS Erie Lackawanna MU Cars and the REX car.
|L-R: Tim Reese, Denny Walls||Boy: Lewis Reese; L - R: Tim Reese, unknown, unknown, Harley Burkett, and Gary Beefelt|
|L-R: H. Wayne (Harley) Burket and Gary Beefelt||L -R: H. Wayne (Harley) Burket, Larry McKee, and Bud Gray.|
|6-86 Chapter member Wayne T. (Tim) Reese leveling the track on the rebuild of the East Freedom siding on the Everett RR. Tim Reese, a great friend, is now deceased. Photo by David Seidel||6-86 Horseshoe Curve Chapter members working on the railroad, rebuilding a siding at East Freedom, Pa., on the Everett RR for Chapter owned equipment. Photo by David Seidel|
Excursion Train at Claysburg
|"Excursion Train to Run at Claysburg"; 5-1-86, Morrison's Cove Herald||"Excursion Train to Run at Claysburg"; 5-1-86, Morrison's Cove Herald|
|"Excursion Train to Run at Claysburg"; 7-24-86, Morrison's Cove Herald||"Excursion Train to Run at Claysburg"; 7-24-86, Morrison's Cove Herald|
|August 1986. Horseshoe Curve Chapter NRHS is operating a train excursion on the Everett Railroad, from Claysburg, Pa., with former Erie-Lackawanna commuter coaches purchased during the preceding year. Left to right: Edna and Paul W. Westbrook Jr (Past President of Horseshoe Curve Chapter with a tenure exceeding ten years), and Roy Hunt. Mr. Westbrook and Mr. Hunt are now deceased. Photo by David Seidel|
|L-R Rear: Bud Gray, David Seidel, Bob Imay, Larry McKee, Bill Mangiacarne, Roy Hunt, Tim Reese, Harley Burket, Ed Hunt; L-R Front: Gary Beefelt, Dick Charlesworth, Lewis Reese, Bill Temple, Kevin Burket.||L-R: David Seidel, Gary Beefelt, Larry McKee, Bob Imay, Dick Charlesworth, Bill Temple|
|insert photo||October 12,1986 Excursion that the chapter operated at Martinsburg. Everett RR #8990. (by Duane Miller)||insert photo||October 12,1986 Excursion that the chapter operated at Martinsburg. (by Duane Miller)|
|insert photo||October 12,1986 Excursion that the chapter operated at Martinsburg. (by Duane Miller)||insert photo||October 12,1986 Excursion that the chapter operated at Martinsburg. (by Duane Miller)|
|8-86 Annual picnic for members, families, guests of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter NRHS and the Altoona-Blair County Photo Society enjoy the egg-toss game, each trying to avoid the splatter syndrome. Photo by David Seidel||Horseshoe Curve Chapter members Roy Hunt and Gary Beefelt (both deceased) enjoy a pleasant afternoon at the annual picnic, hosted by the Seidel family. Photo by David Seidel.|
|8-86 A meeting of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter NRHS at the home of H. Wayne (Harley) Burket. Left to right: Jay Fornwalt, Bill Temple, Dick Charlesworth. Planning was underway for improvements to the three ex-Erie Lackawanna commuter coaches purchased by the Chapter and a scheduled excursion on the Everett Railroad from Claysburg to Brooks Mills. Photo by David Seidel|
|December 18, 1987.
The K-4 restoration/operating crew had the opportunity to go to Harrisburg for a signing of House Bill 1211, which was "An Act selecting, designating and adopting official steam and electric locomotives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania".
Standing: Ed Hinkle, Pete Pontius, William Withuhn, Elbert "Red" Leighty, Denver Thompson, Roy Price, Ray Goodman, Rodney Wike, David Seidel, Joe Musser, Jeff Pontius, Ed Wilt, Bill Decker, George Thompson. Absent from photo: Wayne T. (Tim) Reese. John Turkeli, Wayne (Time) Reese, Gary Price, and Dave Musse
Seated: Representative Johnson, Governor Robert P. Casey, Representative Rick Geist.
|"Railway Society Celebrates"; 5-29-88, Altoona Mirror||Paul Westbrook cutting the cake at the
Chapter's 20th Anniversary Celebration,
|L- R: David Seidel (Chapter Historian and First President), Francis X. Givler (Current President), M. Richard Charlesworth (National Director), Wayne (Harley) Burket (First National Director)|
|"Blair Rail Trip"||"1988 Officers"|
"The Duquesne, Railroaders Museum to Restore Business Car";
|Chapter Members David Seidel and Tim Reese bid on items auctions at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. 9-25-89|
|George Thompson, Bill Temple, Jim Hooks, Fred Moyer (?), Gary Beefelt||Lewis and Tim Reese, Mary Merrits, Duane Miller|
|Joe Musser and Pat Thompson, foreground;
Bill Mangiacarne, Frank Givler, Dick Charlesworth.
"Horseshoe Curve Society Presents Video"; 12-18-90, Altoona Mirror
This photo was taken 12-18-1990 when the video tape, The Altoona Trolley story was issued by the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS. In this photograph, a copy of the tape was presented to Phil Fry, General Manager, Altoona Metropolitan Transit Authority (AMTRAN). Left to right: Dick Heiler, producer of the Master tape for Horseshoe Curve Chapter, David Seidel, Horseshoe Curve Chapter Historian and project committee person; Phil Fry, General Manager, AMTRAN, and Leonard Alwine, Horseshoe Curve Chapter specialist on the history of the predecessor Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway.
Chapter 25th Anniversary
|Chapter 25th Anniversary picnic, Held on June 20, 1993 at
Canoe Creek State Park:
L to R: Dick Charlesworth, Gary Beefelt, Gary Price, Frank & Karin Givler and Bill Mangiacarne
|Chapter 25th Anniversary picnic, Held on June 20, 1993 at Canoe Creek State Park|
|2-19-96 Chapter member Charles Gorsuch assists Gary Price with interior work on the ex-PRR bedroom-lounge Harbor Springs, an art deco example of the 1938 Fleet of Modernism. The Harbor Springs, is located at Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona, Pa. Photo by David Seidel||Photo of David Seidel, Chapter Historian working as a coach attendant on the
Horseshoe Curve Fall Foliage Excursion during Railfest, 10-4-96.
Altoona Railfest 1997
|Railfest 1997, MARC equipment, Altoona Station. GP39-H2, MK-Rebuild 19870-80, ex-MILW 2050 GP-40. Photo by: David Seidel||Cab Photo: Chapter member Roy C. Hunt and MARC Chief Clerk-Train Service Courtney C. Schenkle Jr. In cab of MARC # 75 (trailing unit this trip): GP39-H2, MK-Rebuild 19870-80, ex-MILW 2050 GP-40. Sadly, this occasion preceded Roy Hunt's death on February 15, 1998. Roy was a qualified locomotive engineer on the Everett Railroad as well as other railroads, diesel and steam. He is missed by his friends at Horseshoe Curve Chapter NRHS. Photo by: Andy Mulhollen|
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(All photos are by David Seidel unless otherwise indicated.)