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The Northern Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) is pleased to announce that it will be holding its quarterly meeting on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The meeting will be held at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 301 W. Philadelphia Street, York, Pa. Parking is around back, use the rear entrance, and proceed down the steps to the meeting room.

Scott L. Mingus, Sr., award-winning Civil War author and lecturer, will present “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War.” The talk involves details from one of his books, Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River: June 1863, as well as from a new booklet on the Northern Central Railway.

The booklet is a 25-page introduction to The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War: 1861-1865 and includes a sweeping overview of the railroad's activities in the war years, including Confederate raids and bridge burning parties, the financial state of the railroad and its investments to support the Northern war effort, some human interest stories, and other pertinent details. It is a precursor to a planned full-length book.

Scott is a scientist and executive in the global paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps.

The York, Pa., resident has written twelve Civil War books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won the 2013 Nathan Bedford Forrest Southern History Award and was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He also wrote several articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball link external). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County Heritage Trust for his contributions to local Civil War history.

He also has written six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to the hobby’s prestigious Legion of Honor in 2011. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio Infantry and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg.

Please, join us!

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The Chicago Terminal Chapter of the PRRT&HS will hold its next meeting on Saturday, October 25, between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

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Microtrains is accepting orders though Oct 31 for H31 hoppers.  Hoppers to be offered in 8 car "Runner packs" with the following road numbers: 220305, 220321, 550376, 220390, 220418, 220422, 220443, 220454.   

MSRP: $154.95


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November is National Model Railroad Month. Once again, the Susquehanna Valley Model Railroaders (SVMR) have an open house planned for the event. Many of the participating model railroads are PRR-themed.

Across seven Pennsylvania counties, the SVMR has 12 different layouts open over two days -- November 1st and 2nd. You can download the schedule from the SVMR web site. The event is co-sponsored by the Susquehanna Division, Mid-Eastern Region, National Model Railroad Association.

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The Northern Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) has made arrangements to provide the Society with a presence at the quarterly Great Scale Model Train Shows in Timonium, Md.

The Society's professionally designed marketing display will be utilized for maximum exposure to potential members.

Recent discussion on the PRR-FAX list suggest that the Society increase its public presence. This is one way to do it. Timonium draws several thousand model railroaders for each show.

Society members (irregarless of chapter(s)) are encourage to wear PRRT&HS shirts to the show and to stop by the booth and chat with prospective members.

The next show is October 25-26. Hope to see you there!

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