Why the Pennsylvania Railroad?

The PRR was once the largest railroad company in the world. Founded in 1846, its tracks reached 13 states and served what was once the industrial heartland of the U.S. It provided the transportation necessary for the world’s largest economy to thrive and prosper. Its services helped the country fight a Civil War and every major conflict since. 

The PRR had more track miles, more trains, more locomotives, more electrified trackage, carried more passengers and freight, and had more employees than any other railroad. Although it ceased to exist in 1968, its history, most of its right-of-way, many of its structures, and many examples of its cars and locomotives live on.

The story of the PRR is a significant part of the story of America. It is worthy of study, interpretation, and preservation.


Who We Are

The goals of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) are to promote the preservation of all information regarding the organization, operation, facilities, and equipment of the PRR. We support research and publication on all PRR topics and encourage the accurate modeling of PRR equipment, structures, and environment so that future generations may better appreciate and understand the company. 

The PRRT&HS was incorporated in Pennsylvania as an educational not-for-profit corporation. The Society is a taxexempt 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

Membership Brochure pdf

Benefits of Membership
  Members Non-Members
The Keystone X After One Year
The Keystone Modeler X X
The Keystone eNews X X
Historical Books X After One Year
Society Web Site X X
Annual Meeting Additional Cost X
Access to Archives X  
PRR-FAX group X X
PRR Modeling group X X
PRR Pro group X X

The Keystone

This is one of the premier publications in the railroad history community. Published continuously since 1968, the Society’s quarterly illustrated journal offers original, authoritative articles on PRR locomotives, cars, facilities, operating practices, and historical events. Recent Issues average more than 80 pages.

The Keystone Modeler

If you are a PRR modeler as are many of our members, TKM is an indispensable resource. This quarterly publication is available online in PDF format for printing or downloading. It provides a treasure trove of prototype information on PRR equipment, structures, and surroundings. You’ll find detailed construction articles, PRR product reviews and announcements. TKM is available through the Society web site.

The Keystone eNews

Sign up online and you’ll get monthly email updates on Society and Chapter news and events.

Historical Books

The Society publishes books on aspects of PRR history. These are made available to members before being made available to the public.

Web Site

PRRT&HS Official Web Site  -- The Society web site includes a variety of services for members and links to other sites of interest to PRR fans.

Yahoo Discussion Groups

The Society hosts several Yahoo Groups for discussion of prototype and modeling topics.

National Annual Meeting

PRRT&HS members meet annually, usually for a long weekend in May, providing an opportunity for members from around the U.S. and overseas to get together and renew old friendships, make new ones, and share stories of The Standard Railroad of the World. Activities include illustrated talks on the history, operations,
equipment, modeling, and other facets of the PRR. Movies and slides are shared and home model layout tours are available. Members are encouraged to bring their PRR models for display and optional judging by fellow members. The vendor room is filled with PRR models, books, videos, art, and memorabilia.

The annual meeting is the highlight of the year for members. Here is a History of the Annual Meetings.

Local Chapters

Local Chapters across the country provide members and invited guests with regular meetings that feature PRR-related programs, local excursions, social and professional contacts. Some chapters also offer newsletters, magazines, and special publications chapter activities and PRR history. The names and addresses are regularly published on the Society web site and in The Keystone.

Camden & Amboy Chapter 

Middle Division Chapter

New England Chapter 

Northern Central Chapter

Philadelphia Chapter 

Access to Archives

The PRRT&HS is the proud owner of the former PRR Lewistown Junction passenger station – still an active Amtrak stop serving Lewistown, PA. The PRR built the structure in 1849 – the oldest known PRR-built structure in existence. Teams of member volunteers are turning the station into a research facility housing and preserving the Society’s priceless collection of PRR records, drawings, photographs, maps, books, and other material.