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Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS 2016 Calendar of Events

58th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Chapter

A Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region Partner

Compiled by Norris Deyerle,

Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS, Chairman of Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region Partners

Newly updated or added events since last month printed in“Bold Italics”.

Renew your NRHS membership on www.NRHS.com  today! Good things are happening with the new and improved NRHS!  Also log on to www.NRHS.com  to see what the future holds for today’s railroad preservation historical society!  It’s alive!  
Vote “Yes” for a future Amtrak stop in the Town of Bedford, Va. also serving the Smith Mountain Lake area riders.  It’s easy and free!  Go to www.thebedfordstation.com/petition    
N&W Class J 611 2016 Excursion Schedule Info & Tickets: www.nctrans.org  and www.FireUp611.org  {VMT}. View the J 611 as she comes and goes through Roanoke at www.roanokerailcam.com ! Listen to her crew’s conversations with NS dispatchers on the app Broadcastify.com on your cell phone or www.broadcastify.com  on your computer.  Covers both Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia areas.   

Notice:  I urge our friends with the other railway historical groups and museums to take advantage of these two websites to promote your train show:    http://trc.trains.com/events.aspx or  http://modelshopsusa.com/other/raillinks.php. There is no cost to promote your train show on these websites.  It’s simple to add your event to their websites and your event approval is fast and efficient.  These are websites that will help us all get the word out about our events!   

  

SEPTEMBER 2016

09-14-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting
09-28-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS “Fun Meeting”

OCTOBER 2016

10-12-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting – Kurt Reisweber Presentation
10-(20-23)-16 NMRA-Mid East Region "Tracks to Triangle" (Durham, NC)

 NOVEMBER 2016

11-06-16: {Sunday} 39th. Annual Gaithersburg Railroad – Steamship – Transportation Artifact Show and Sale and it’s 11th. Annual Gaithersburg Model Train Show and Sale, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD. Info:www.gserr.com
11-09-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting – Wayland Moore Presentation
11-12-16 NMRA-James River Division TBA
11-23-16: {Wednesday} ALERT! NO BRC, NRHS “FUN MEETING” DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

DECEMBER 2016

12-03-16: {Saturday} BRC, NRHS Annual Christmas Banquet, Prior reservations required, social hour starts at 6:00 pm. with no alcoholic beverages, Buffet meal following. Slide or PowerPoint railroading presentation rounds out the evening. Former Southern Railway Station, the current Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce, 414 Washington Street, Altavista, Va. 24517 Directions: www.altavistachamber.org/directions
12-14-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting
12-17-16: {Saturday} BRC, NRHS Kemper Street Station Holiday Gathering

“Lynchburg Rail Day 2016”, Saturday, August 13, 2016

Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS Website: www.blueridgenrhs.org

Rails to Trails: High Bridge Trail State Park:http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hig.shtml
http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/HighBridgeTrailStatePark/
https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofhighbridgetrail/           

Historical USGS Topographical Maps: A great research tool for locating abandoned railroad lines, etc. http://nationalmap.gov/historical/

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation – Free Official State of Virginia Railroad Map, Write: 600 East Main Street, Richmond, Va. 23219 Phone: 804-786-4440  Website: www.drpt.virginia.gov|
Rail Cam Suggested Viewing by Lee Hawkins: www.railserve.com  has been on my suggested list for some time but BRC member Lee Hawkins noticed that a new location has been added. Log on to http://www.railserve.com/RailCams/You will see the Thomasville, NC rail cam located in downtown Thomasville, NC right on the Southern {NS} mainline.    

Model Railroading:
High Bridge Railroad Club, Farmville, Va. Info: www.sites.google.com/site/hbrrclub

Modern Day Railroading:
Norfolk Southern and CSX Locomotives – The Diesel Shop, NS and CSX Loco rosters with professional quality photographs. The NS site includes NS Heritage locomotives. http://www.thedieselshop.us/NS.HTML &http://www.thedieselshop.us/CSX.HTML

“Fallen Flag” railroads of local interest:
NEWEST ADDITION: Nelson & Albemarle Railway Historical Society, www.nelson-albemarle-railway-org      
Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad, The old “fast and perfect” railroad that ran between Gretna and Rocky Mount, Va.:http://www.fandprailroad.org
Locomotive Search Tool And Railroad Photos Link: www.railbaron.rrpicturearchives.net
Railroad Related Events Information: Visit: www.varailheritage.org www.vmt.org www.linkmuseum.org ,www.nctrans.org www.RoanokeNRHS.org ,  http://nrhsrivanna.blogspot.comwww.dcnrhs.org www.odcnrhs.org www.nwhs.org www.cohs.org www.csxthsociety.org ,  www.thecrhs.org www.theruralretreatdepot.com ,www.srha.org www.rfandp.org   www.vatraincollectors.com, www.traincollectors.org www.railroadcollectors.org ,www.nhvry.org www.norfolksouthernhs.org ,  www.RailServe.com www.gsmr.com www.trains.com ,www.TrainFinder.com www.gserr.com ,  www.wghshow.com www.drpt.virginia.gov www.crewerailroadmuseum.org     
Norfolk Southern/TVRM Steam Excursion Website: http://www.21stcenturysteam.com ORhttp://www.tvrail.com/pages/21st-century-steam
Steam Train Events in the United States and Canada: www.diary.svsfilm.com
Steam Locomotive Locations: www.steamlocomotive.com
Railroad Historical Information and Related Photos: www.hawkinsrails.net
Railroad Photos: www.railsinvirginia.com www.railfirephotography.com
Key Lock & Lantern Railroad History and Preservation Organization, www.klnl.org
Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc. {RCAI}, www.railroadcollectors.org
Danville & Western Ry. Website: Railway operated in Southwestern Virginia between Danville and Stuart.http://southern-railway.railfan.net/dw/
Trains & Travel International: www.traintrips.biz    
Additional links to other NRHS Chapters, Railroad Historical Societies and Museums available atwww.blueridgenrhs.org
Virginia Museum Of Transportation Rail Cam: http://www.nwhs.org/cam/vmt
Roanoke, Va. Rail Cam: http://www.roanokerailcam.com {New 2016 Updated Address}