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New York Chapter National Railway Historical Society

Welcome to the New York Chapter NRHS!

NRHS logo: NRHS letters with lines through them, plus circular logo with steam loco

The New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society meets monthly except for July and August. See below for meeting schedule, which will change after September, 2019.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7-9 p.m., at 49 Fulton Street, Manhattan

Our meeting venue is St. Margaret's House, 49 Fulton Street, Meeting Room 3, on the ground floor to the left as you enter. The location on Fulton Street is just a short walk from the east end of the A/C Fulton St. subway station (use the downtown end of the train); the #2-3 Fulton St. stop is also very close, and the J-Z and #4-5 Fulton St. stops are in the same complex. Attendees will find the PATH World Trade Center stop within walking distance; also, the M15 Select Bus Service (1st and 2d Aves.) is adjacent, and the NYC Ferry Service, NY Waterways, and water taxi services Wall St. pier is within walking distance. Food is OK but alcohol is not allowed in the building.

Doors open at 7 p.m.; please do not expect to enter the room before 7 p.m.


Starting in October 2019, the New York Chapter will meet on the First Monday of the month; the October meeting will therefore be on October 7, the next meeting on November 4, and so on. The change was prompted by availability of the room on Mondays and a conflict that several regular attendees have with the First Wednesday schedule, which was picked when we moved to St. Margaret's House since it was the only date the venue had available. We hope the new date will be convenient to all.

Entertainment at the September meeting will be a travelogue of Switzerland presented by Rich Taylor. Rich notes that Switzerland is a country that is only half the size of Maine, yet has 3308 miles of railways operated by 62 companies on four track gauges. Rick's program will include travel to the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountain peaks by rail, and by the country's longest cable car to the Schilthorn peak, after reaching the cable car base station on a 2-1/2 mile long isolated interurban. For a break, there will be rides on historic paddle steamers on four mountain lakes. One of the rack railways we'll visit has an incredible grade of 48%; on adhesion systems, we'll see a line that has a 7% grade and extensive street running to boot. Our trip will also include a couple of visits to Italy, plus a ride on the Swiss Italian rail line of the Ferrovie Autolinee Regionale Ticinese, which has an abbreviation we'll not repeat here.

Our meetings are open to all; there is no admission charge.

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This page last updated August 18, 2019