2013 Heritage Grants Announced

The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) has announced 16 recipients of its annual National Railway Heritage Grants program. The 2013 grants total $50,000 and are awarded to organizations such as historical societies, museums, and railroads including some that are affiliated with the NRHS as Chapters.

Six of this year’s recipients are NRHS chapters while others include historical societies, museums, and operating railroads. Projects range from the restoration of rare locomotives, rolling stock, and trolleys to the digitization of rare artifacts and the collection of oral histories. For the first time, a grant was awarded to a railroad landmark listed on the society’s “most at-risk” list announced in April 2013. Through these varied projects, NRHS funding will leverage hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and in-kind matching donations—all in support of railroad preservation.

Additional Capacity and Events Added to 2013 NRHS Convention

 

Ticket sales continue to be strong, but it’s not too late to join the 2013 National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) convention in Alaska, featuring rare train rides through spectacular scenery and unique tours of museums and attractions. 

NRHS Announces Top Eight Endangered U.S. Railroad Landmarks

 

First-everMost At-Risk” list from NRHS includes irreplaceable stations, rare locomotives and other railroad resources threatened with imminent demise

Once-majestic train stations, iconic steam and diesel locomotives, a vintage Pennsylvania farming railroad, and the nation’s oldest narrow-gauge railroad are among the top endangered U.S. railroad landmarks named by the National Railway Historical Society in April 2013.

NRHS Presents Centennial Plaque at Grand Central Terminal’s 100th Birthday Party

NRHS took part in the centennial celebration for Grand Central Terminal in New York City, adding the famed railroad cathedral to its National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks. In honor of the designation, an 18’ by 24’ bronze plaque was unveiled at the terminal’s 100th anniversary celebration on February 1. The plaque is mounted near the doors to the customer waiting area and stationmaster's office.

2012 Heritage Grants Announced

The NRHS, America’s largest rail preservation organization, today announced the 2012 recipients of its annual Heritage Grants Program. NRHS will award $50,000 to support 21 non-profit organizations from 14 states and the District of Columbia. Recipients include NRHS chapters, historical societies, museums and municipalities.

Projects range from the restoration of rare locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and railroad structures to the creation of an exhibit featuring the history of African-American railway workers in the Pacific Northwest. One project involves digitally converting priceless railroad images in a process that will result in a blueprint for other NRHS chapters to follow in preserving and generating revenue from their own collections. Through these diverse projects, NRHS funding will leverage hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and in-kind matching donations.

2012 Convention Tickets Still Avaliable

The clock is ticking and we are down to less than one month to the beginning of the 2012 NRHS Convention - being held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

For those who have not yet registered or are comtemplating coming to the convention, tickets are still available for almost all events and train classes. Sales will continue through the NRHS website until June 8th. After that date, tickets will be available at the NRHS Help Desk in Cedar Rapids beginning the evening of June 17th. A limited number of ticket upgrades will also be available at the convention. You can check with the NRHS Help Desk during any of its regular hours.

Ticket Information:

RailCamp

The NRHS's annual RailCamp program offers a unique opportunity to high school students providing hands-on training in one of America's oldest and most important industries. During the one-week program campers will learn about railroad history, preservation, maintenance, operations and experience firsthand how to couple rail cars together, to inspect equipment and help to maintain steam and diesel locomotives.

About RailCamp

RailCamp is an educational experience for high school students who have an interest in railroads and railroading. The program is designed to teach students about 21st century railroad operations, dispatching, and maintenance while providing a simultaneous experience in the early history of U.S. railroads in the development and settlement of our country. Students will learn both modern and historic elements of America’s most vital transportation mode, including how diesel, electric, and steam locomotives function, how track is built and maintained and how early freight and passenger cars were constructed.

2012 NRHS Convention - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Welcome to NRHS Convention 2012. Mark your calendars now for the first NRHS Convention in Iowa. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the program will feature five days of train trips on regional carriers including the Iowa Interstate, Iowa Northern, and former interurban Cedar Rapids & Iowa City. Additional events will be held at the Old Threshers facility in Mount Pleasant as well as local history tours, visits to industrial facilities, seminars and the traditional convention meetings.

LOCATION: The NRHS Convention 2012 will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the week of June 18-24, 2012.

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