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Welcome to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the NRHS

DelVal Logo Delaware Valley Chapter
of the
National Railway Historical Society
Regular DelVal Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except for July, August, and December at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Morrisville Public Library. The featured program for each monthly meeting begins after our business meeting and refreshment break - approximately at 8:30 pm.

Meeting Location:

Morrisville Public Library
300 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067-6621

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • March 18, 2022 @7:30 pm
  • April 15, 2022 @7:30 pm
  • May 20, 2022 @7:30 pm

  • Welcome to the official website of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The Chapter was chartered in 1970 as the New Hope Chapter by the volunteers operating the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. As membership grew, the chapter moved to Yardley, Pennsylvania and changed its name to the Delaware Valley Chapter. Another move brought the chapter to its current location in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.


    Friday, April 15, 2022 - General Chapter Membership Meeting

    "Staten Island's Freight Rail: Back from the Brink". Because New York City lacks any freight rail crossing of the Hudson River, Staten Island is the lone borough that is connected to the rest of the country's freight rail network. Today the rail and container facilities there are vital to the port's operations, but in the 1990's, this link was lost.

    Don Lotz, chapter member and retired Manager of Intermodal Development for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will share his experience with this vital project. He will dig into the design and construction required to restore rail freight service to Staten Island, including rehabilitation of the Arthur Kill Vertical-Lift Bridge, which has the longest lift-span of any vertical lift bridge in the world, and the challenges this corner of the port - and all of New York City's waterfront - faced due to massive changes to the manufacturing and shipping industries.