New England Chapter News
Membership Growth
As of November 18, membership for 2017 is up to 819. Of this, 141 are renewals, 597 joined this year, 76 joined in the fourth quarter of 2016, and 5 are honorary. Of them, 76 are Society members. We encourage all our members to join PRRT&HS
Membership for 2018 is up to 199. Of this, 89 are renewals, 110 joined in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 5 are honorary. Of them, 47 are Society members.
The East Wind Autumn Issue
Volume 14, Number 1 will be published around October 1. The issue covers the restored PRR standard smokebox fronts, B8a 0-6-0T shop switchers, an update on Tim Garner's layout, and the chapter's visit to the Mid-Coast of Maine.
Your 2018 Membership Renewal is 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 do not receive your renewal check, your membership benefits will ended December 31. If you can't find your renewal bill, please contact Tim Garner at t.a.garner@verizon.net.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Winter Chapter Meeting
New England Model Train Expo, Marlborough, Mass.
This annual event grows bigger every year. There will be over 220 dealer tables, manufacturer displays, operating layouts, and more. Two-day admission is $10.00. Save $2.00 in advance. We will meet at noon Saturday up the hill from the exhibit hall at the All Star Bar and Grill at the Royal Plaza Hotel. The show runs December 2 from 10 to 5 and Sunday December 3 from 10 to 4. For more information about the show and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.hubdiv.org.

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 www.railroadhobbyshow.com 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 prrths.com 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.
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