Special Announcement(s)




I have made a President’s Decision to cancel our meeting scheduled for next Thursday, January 19th, 2023 for several reasons.

First, there will be no January CINDERS, and it will be combined with the February issue, and Frank Tatnall & I have agreed to this and are working on a combined January-February issue.

Second, in a discussion with Elkins Central this afternoon (01/10/23), there had been a second request to use the facility on our meeting date, and we mutually agreed that the other group would have the facility on January 19th, and we would begin our meeting schedule on February 16th.  The February program will be Harry Garforth’s Frankford El presentation as previously scheduled.

By adjusting our events to February, we will start our meeting year on February 16th and go forward from that date.

R. L. EASTWOOD, JR.,President

Philadelphia Chapter, NRHS



The Philadelphia Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society

Established 1936


READING RAILFEST 2018 - Photo by Daniel Knouse


Coatesville is forty miles west of Philadelphia and has been an important steel town since it was Lukens. Today the plant is owned by Cliffs and continues to make plate steel in electric arc furnaces. Norfolk Southern serves the plant via the Pennsylvania RR, now Amtrak Keystone Line to Harrisburg. They use a steep connection from Amtrak to the former Reading Co, Wilmington and Northern line. Once inside the plant they drop / pickup cars and make interchange with the Brandywine Valley RR.

On Halloween 2022, we observe NS 6915 EMD SD60E and NS 4035 GE AC44 heading up a long train heading south over the Brandywine Creek into the plant. Late fall color abounds the former Reading traction

Photo by Eric Dervinis


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