Presentations, Meetings, Forums

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Banquet Presentation – Rick Musser – VP and Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer of the Strasburg RR. Rick has 30 years of experience operating (to include PRR 1223 and 7002), maintaining, and restoring steam locomotives. He will discuss the challenges of operating steam locomotives on a regular basis in revenue service, and the challenges of restoring steam locomotives under today’s safety standards. A brief panel discussion afterwards with Rick and Don Fisher of the LIRR G5s restoration effort will take previously submitted questions from our members.

How the PRR came into Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Va 1865-1875 – Bob Cohen – Bob will reveal the intrigue behind how the PRR managed to gain entry into Washington DC by leveraging the charter for a small Virginia railroad. (PRR in DC)

ALCo's Versatile RS-3 on the PRR - Jack Consoli – Jack will cover how the PRR used the RS-3, and the locomotives distinct features utilized in that service. (Prototype)

Manufacturing the RS-3 in HO Scale – Lee English – Lee will describe the process Bowser executed to create accurate models of the Alco RS-3 locomotive. (Modeling)

"William Kiessel Jr's Commuter Workhorse - the PRR G5s" – Don Fisher – Don will report on the development and operation of one of the most powerful ten wheelers ever built. (Prototype)

Modeling PRR’s X37 and X38 Boxcars – Steve Funaro – Learn the history of the prototype cars, and see how Funaro & Camerlengo took the prototype information and developed new HO scale resin kits for the X37, X37A, X37B, and X38! (Modeling)

Modeling PRR’s US&S Electro-Pneumatic Interlockings – Tim Garner – Tim will discuss the methods used to model the interlocking equipment used by the PRR. (Modeling)

Rail/Air Competition in the New York/Chicago Market 1945-1970 – George Hamlin – This presentation reviews the post-World War II changes in the New York-Chicago passenger market up to the coming of Amtrak. While rail started with a commanding lead in 1945, improvements in speed and comfort in the air transportation mode allowed the airlines to dominate the market by the end of the time period being considered. The Pennsylvania Railroad, of course, played a leading role in the transition. (Prototype)

A New York Central Fan Takes a Personal look at the Pennsy – George Hamlin – While George Hamlin has been a life-long fan of the NYC, the PRR has intersected with his life many times. This presentation begins by taking a look at his experiences growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1950s and early 60s, followed by a move to Westchester County, New York, in 1963. The Pennsylvania Railroad would only be extant less than five more years, but PRR heritage was still quite prominent during the Penn Central era. Significant hints of the Pennsy continued into the Conraiil era, as well as in more recent times, following the transition to the Norfolk Southern. (Prototype)

Modeling an Enigma: the T1 Duplex – Matthew Hurst – New information has come to light on the T1 and its modifications. The details of the "as built" T1, the multiple changes that made up the modified T1, all of the numerous variations and how to model them will be covered. (Modeling)

A Photographic Survey of PRR Interlocking Towers – Tom Kozub – Get a look inside! For the past few years Tom has been documenting a number of PRR towers as source material for a future PRR interlocking display at the RR Museum of Pennsylvania. (Prototype)

Collinsville Inn - Restoration and Revival – Jim Lilly – Jim will describe the restoration of this 1949 Budd built PRR car, now operated by the DC chapter of the NRHS. (Prototype)

Shamokin Branch Iron Ore Trains – Dan and Blake Marnell – A photo-retrospective of the route will be featured as will information as to when ore-haulage began, how much ore was hauled during WWII, and what changes were made to the branch to accommodate this traffic.. (Prototype)

Shamokin Valley & Pottsville Railroad: The Coal Branches – Dan and Blake Marnell – The history of each branch will be discussed, as will the collieries they served. The ambivalent sentiments of the Pennsylvania Railroad, owner of many of these coal properties, will be elaborated upon. (Prototype)

Modeling complete Pennsy Freight Trains in HO scale – Gus Minardi - Gus will discuss signature PRR freight trains such as a 40 car Coal Drag, or a 50 car Ore Train, a 20 car Tructrain or a 40 car mixed freight train. He will have a segment of each of these trains physically in the room on display for the members to view and ask questions while giving the presentation. (Modeling)

Modeling and Operating a Large Steam Roster – Bill Neale – How to develop and maintain a large fleet of model steam locomotives. This includes the selection, modification, and servicing uniquely required by model steam engines when used in regular operation. (Modeling)

Potomac Yard, the PRR’s Gateway to the South – The RF&P Railroad Historical Society – The story of “Pot” yard and how it became a significant yard and interchange for the PRR will be discussed. (PRR in DC)

Modeling the PRR in O-scale – John Sethian – O Scale has a mass and presence that allows you to feel the trains as well as see them. John will discuss what's involved in modeling the PRR in O Scale. You can get just about any motive power and rolling stock you want, and you don't need a gargantuan basement to have a PRR layout. (Modeling)

24 Hours at COLA Tower – Bruce Smith – Columbia Pennsylvania (COLA Tower) was the junction of the PRR's major east-west freight route with several branches. On March 8, 1945, the PRR recorded all movements in the area as part of a traffic study. This study recorded 205 "movements" constituting of 150 different locomotives and 164 different "trains"​. Some of the remarkable insights into wartime traffic on the Pennsy generated by this study will be shared, along with modeling suggestions. (Prototype)

Harris Tower Restoration and New Opportunities to Preserve the PRR – John Smith  - Restoration of Harris Tower and display of GG-1 4859 and the N6B. The Harrisburg Chapter of the NRHS may have the opportunity to preserve both State tower and the Power Directors office in the Harrisburg station (under negotiation with Amtrak.) Can PRRT&HS members help preserve these unique PRR facilities? The chapter will be selling PRR memorabilia in the vendor room to raise money for their restoration efforts. Contributions will also be welcomed. (Prototype)

Gauge 1 Live Steam Modeling of the PRR – Jim Stapleton, Mark Layton & Ryan Bednarik – PRR In Gauge One (1:32) A wide variety of 1:32 motive power and rolling stock will be exhibited. The basics of live steam locomotive operation will be discussed, including a live demonstration of coal firing a K4. Operation using battery power and R/C of electric locomotives will also be presented. Locos we plan to exhibit include PRR classes T1 (LS), K4s (LS), G5s (LS), M1a (EL), GG1 (EL), EMD F-3 AA set (EL), along with N&W J (EL) and A (EL). PRR cabins N6, N5a, N5c, and N8, along with additional freight and passenger cars will be displayed in the model room. (modeling)

Weather permitting, the presenters hope to fire up a live steam locomotive during the lunch break on both Friday and Saturday, just outside the convention center’s front doors. This will occur just before the balance of their presentation begins inside at 1 PM. (Fire regulations do not permit firing up a live steam locomotive in the conference rooms.)

PRR - Dieselization by Trial and Error – Parts 1 and 2 – Bill Volkmer – Bill takes a look at the whys and wherefores of which first generation diesels were chosen to be purchased, where they were assigned, and some work around solutions to mistakes that were made. Concluding with a look at how second generation diesels rectified the situation. (Prototype)

Now Arriving Washington: Union Station and Life in the Capital – Bill Wright – Since the PRR’s leadership decided to build Union Station in Washington, D.C. at the start of the 20th century, no building has reflected and shaped life in the city more — not just in transportation, but also in planning, architecture, politics and government, economics, and social patterns. Learn about these roles through both words and pictures. (PRR in DC)

Standing Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting

Quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors; open to members in good standing.

Paint Committee Meeting

Annual forum of the Paint Committee, which seeks to determine correct color definitions to represent official PRR colors.

Annual Business Meeting

Saturday morning is the official business meeting. During this time, the president of the Society will update the members on the progress of the organization.

The State of Our Archives

Learn what has and is being accomplished at Lewistown to preserve PRR history for our members and posterity.

Meet the Modeler

During the last hour of the Model Room, modelers are asked to stand by their models to discuss their techniques.

Modeling Committee Forum

Hear what new PRR model projects are in the works (that are not top secret), share your opinions on what you’d like to see next, and show your appreciation for the efforts of these volunteers that are helping the manufacturers give us the best PRR models we’ve ever had.