The New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society meets on the first Thursday of each month, except for July and August when we do not meet.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 4, at the Edgar Cayce Institute, 7th Floor, 153 W. 27 Street, New York, N.Y.
The doors open at 6:00 p.m.; business/social meeting at 6:30, entertainment 7:00-9:00. There are several doors on 27 St. numbered 153; the one you want is an entrance lobby, with "153" prominently displayed over the entrance. There will usually be an attendant on duty at the street level entrance; if not, dial 33 on the keypad next to the door, and Cayce Institute staff will buzz you in. (Sometimes the buzzer doesn't work; in that case, do what New Yorkers do: wait for someone to come out, and go right in!) Coffee and tea are available at the meetings ($1 donation suggested); but otherwise, we regret that Cayce Institute does not permit other food to be consumed on the premises. For assistance in finding the meeting, you can call 347-564-3173, a cell phone which will be in the room. Our meetings are open to all; there is no admission charge.
Entertainment at the May meeting will be Super 8 Movies by long-time member Bruce Russell; Bruce is an enthusiastic film chronicler of railroad and traction topics; this show will be primarily electric railroading with a little steam. On the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland, we'll see steam trains, electric interurbans, and horse-drawn streetcars, all back in 1988. Then it's on to Prague in the Czech Republic to see their streetcars, mostly Tatra T-3 types, which are versions of American PCC models. And finally, we'll visit Rome and Milan in the 1990s where American-style "Peter Witt" streetcars, with traditional trolley poles! were still in daily service.
On Thursday, June 1 at the Cayce Center members are invited to bring their own slides or other media to share; a video will also be shown if time allows. More info will be posted here as the date approaches.
After our summer break, NY Chapter meetings will resume on Thursday, September 7; check back here for details and confirmation of location.