New England Chapter News
Membership Growth
As of January 13, 2018, membership for 2018 is up to 372. Of this, 76 joined in 2018, 127 are renewals, 164 joined in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 5 are honorary. Of them, 72 are Society members. We encourage all our members to join PRRT&HS
Membership for 2017 ended at 873. Of this, 141 were renewals, 651 joined this year, 76 joined in the fourth quarter of 2016, and 5 were honorary. Of them, 76 were Society members.
The East Wind Winter Issue
Volume 14, Number 2 was published January 4. The issue covers the PRR's experimental E2B, E2C, and E3B electrics, 1927 photos near Broad Street Station, and the PLB85R baggage-lounge.
Your 2018 Membership Renewal was due before January 1, 2018
Renewal notices were mailed to members in mid-October. Please mark any changes on the form and return it in the envelope provided with your $15 check to continue your membership. If we did not receive your renewal check, your membership benefits ended December 31. If you can't find your renewal bill, please contact Tim Garner at

Upcoming Events
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Informal Chapter Meeting
Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show – West Springfield, Mass.
The annual two-day event at the Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) is the biggest train show in the northeastern US. It has become a tradition for Chapter members to meet briefly at noon on day one by one of the roll-up doors in the Stroh Building to say hello, swap stories, and compare purchases so far. You can buy admission in advance to save lines. Visit for details on the show.

May 9-13, 2018 – 50th PRRT&HS Annual Meeting
Blair County Convention Center – Altoona, Pa.
The 2018 Annual Meeting will be a four day event with an “optional” train trip leaving from 30th Street Station Philadelphia to Altoona. The train will leave on Wednesday May 9, 2018, returning on Sunday May 13, 2018 and will include a trip around Horseshoe Curve. This trip will be restricted to 250 passengers and will be available thanks to the generosity of Bennett Levin and his equipment. More information will be available soon.
Our annual meeting location is the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona PA. Due to the size of local hotels the Society has “blocked” rooms at four locations. There will be shuttle buses, courtesy of the PRRT&HS, running to all three outside hotel locations, to and from the convention center. All hotels have handicapped rooms available.
We would advise making reservations ASAP as this annual meeting will be a record breaker! Naturally, other rooms are available outside of our PRRT&HS “block” but the special price will not be offered.
  • Holiday Inn Express– (814) 693-1441 – $124.00 + tax
    This hotel is less than a block away and is only one year old. Free buffet breakfast. There are 40 rooms blocked until 4/09/18.
  • Altoona Grand Hotel – (814) 946-1631 – $80.00 +tax
    This hotel is half a mile away and is the best bargain! There are 50 rooms blocked until 4/09/18.
  • Hampton Inn– (814) 941-3500 – $129.00 + tax
    Less than one mile away. Cracker Barrel and sports bar on location. There are 30 rooms blocked until 4/11/18.
  • Courtyard Marriott Altoona – (814) 312-1800
    This hotel has a direct connection to the convention center. Rooms at special rates SOLD OUT.
Visit for updated information.
The PRR GG1 was arguably one of the finest electric locomotives ever built. Produced from 1934 to 1943, it was powerful, reliable, easy on track, and able to move trains at 100 miles per hour. It pulled passenger and freight trains well into the 1980's and many are saved in museums across the country.
PRR photo

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