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PRRT&HS Chicago Terminal Chapter Meeting - April 20

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Marvin Cadwell writes...

The Chicago Terminal Chapter of the PRRT&HS will hold its second meeting of the new year on Saturday, April 20 between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Pullman Visitor's Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago Illinois. 

Our speaker for the meeting is Jim Panza, a long time member of the National PRRT&HS who grew up in Verona, PA along the PRR Allegheny Branch between Pittsburgh and Oil City, PA. In January 2013, Jim retired after 39.5 years from Trailer Train, now TTX Company. Trailer Train was founded by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1955 to provide a pool of flatcars to all member carriers for piggyback service. Jim's presentation, "TTX 101 - The Early Years", will recount the creation and early years of Trailer Train Company equipment. A sidebar will address the question of how long a freight car can remain in interchange service per the AAR Interchange Rules. 

While desirable, membership in the PRRT&HS is not required for attendance at our local meetings. Moreover, while donations are always welcome, there is no admission charge, nor any "arm-twisting" for a donation. Typical attendees consist of a mixture of ex-railroaders, model railroaders, and those interested in the operation and history of the Pennsylvania Railroad. 

Anyone interested in learning about the Pennsylvania Railroad is invited to attend. 

Marvin Cadwell
President, Chicago Terminal Chapter,
PRRT&HS

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Jerry Britton grew up in the shadow of the Reading Railroad, but somehow attached himself to the Pennsy at an early age. Jerry is the publisher of the Keystone Crossings family of internet and social media sites, as well as the AlphabetRoute.com site. Jerry models the Pennsy in HO scale, set in the 1950s around Lewistown, Pa. Jerry is the chief information security officer for the Pennsylvania State Police.

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