Philadelphia Chapter, PRRT&HS
PO Box 5065
Delanco, NJ  08075

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Last Update:  05/29/17


Philadelphia Chapter - February 13, 2016

The Philadelphia Chapter met on Saturday February 13, 2016.  The days events began with the 11am Modelers Meeting.  Modeling Committee Chairman Paul Buckley presented, “Metroliners and the Trains that Followed.”  Attendees were treated to details and scale models of various generations of Amtrak passenger equipment (power and coaches). 

Days events continued with members and guests enjoying conversation and lunch in the Dining Car.  The chapter meeting was the next order of business, followed by feature presenter Michael Froio.

The lecture, “Continuing a Legacy - Photographing the Pennsylvania Railroad,” was attended by close to one-hundred (100) members and guests.  Michael’s presentation was highly anticipated and more than exceeded expectations! 

The Philadelphia Chapter expresses thanks and appreciation to Michael for spending the day with us.  Learn more about Michael Froio’s projects here...

Chapter Meeting- April 16, 2016

The Philadelphia Chapter met on Saturday April 16, 2016  in Drexel Hill, PA. 

Modelers Meeting:
The Modelers Meeting
100 Years of American Flyer Trains,” was well attended.  Modeling Chairman Paul Buckley and co-speaker Joe Spanarelli lead the discussion on “S“ Gauge” (ie...“Modelers Gauge”).  Attendees brought a number of their own models to display.


Joe Spanarelli (standing left) / Paul Buckley (standing right)


Feature Presenter Gordon Bond

Feature Presentation

The Wreck of The Broker
The Story of New Jersey’s Deadliest Train Wreck

Special guest speaker Gordon Bond presented a summary of his research, to date, on the 1951 wreck of The Broker.

Gordon Bond has conducted interviews with surviving individuals who experienced the wreck from a wide range of perspectives - passengers, family of those killed or injured, witnesses, rescuers, hospital staff, and railroad historians. Set against contemporary newspaper reports, a powerful and moving account was conveyed.  Gordon continued with a more technical analysis of the subsequent investigations, animated as much by politics and strong personalities as engineering and physics.

Attendees greatly enjoyed the presentation and look forward to Gordon Bond’s upcoming book release!  For more information visit Gordon Bond online here...

Philadelphia Chapter PRRT&HS members should have now received High Line Volume 29. Due to miscommunication at the printer’s bindery, the drawing insert that accompanies the XL Flanger article was not placed in the High Line before  it was mailed. The insert was mailed separately to all members on June 28th and should be received shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. New Chapter subscribers will also receive the latest High Line, while supplies last. Join now.

The High Line - 2016

40th Anniversary Chapter Banquet - June 12, 2016

On June 12 chapter members and guests celebrated the 40th year of continuous efforts in sharing and preserving the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, in the Philadelphia region.  View summary of days events here..

Pictured left to right:  Founding Members Carl Landeck, Andy Hart, Ray Machler; Long Time Member Ken Martin; and President Steve Staffieri

40th Anniversary Chapter Banquet - June 12, 2016

Founding Members - pictured left to right: 
Walt Keely, Ray Machler, Val Pistillie, Andy Hart, Ted Xaras
and President Steve Staffieri

The Philadelphia Chapter met on September 10, 2016. 

Modelers Meeting:  The Modelers Meeting “PRR Congressional” included a review of the Congressional, including GG1’s and coaches serving business travelers and politicians, with service between New York City and Washington D.C.  Various scale model trains were displayed.

Business Meeting & Founding Members Recognition:  The business meeting concluded with a special presentation, recognizing founding chapter members (pictured below), without whom the Philadelphia Chapter could not have celebrated its 40th anniversary!  Thank you gentlemen!

Feature Presentation:  A visual presentation on rail lines in Haverford Township’s history. Haveford Township Historical Society researcher Rich Kerr presented, touching on how the railways precipitated the township’s transition from rural farms to suburban development.  The presentation was well received.

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Commemorative Awards presented to charter members.  Click to view.

Paint Pennsylvannia Beautiful - by Pauletta Ader

Mayor Deborah Bargo of Lewistown, PA applied for and received a grant from Home Depot and Behr Paints called Paint Pennsylvania Beautiful. This grant is awarded to a 501c3 organization. This 501c3 organization is Downtown Lewistown, Inc. and the manager of that group is Jim Zubler who assisted with the application.  Mayor Bargo intended for this grant to be used to paint the Lewistown Junction Station. This grant was awarded to 8 recipients in the state. The grant included 20 gallons of paint and $50 for supplies.

After receiving this grant, Mayor Bargo approached the United Way for additional help. United Way granted the PRRT&HS and the town of Lewistown a grant which included laborers to prep the building for painting. Prepping included sanding, glazing, repairing and washing of the windows and brick work.

Pastor Randy Hughes of the 1st United Methodist Church of Lewistown, Ron Beckworth, Chip Cramer and Mayor Deborah Bargo

Painting completed on the west side of the station

The painting was performed by the Reedsville United Methodist Church and United Way volunteers.

Charlie Horan and Rich Ader / All Photos by Pauletta Ader

PCN Television station will air “Our Town Lewistown” on December 8th @ 8pm, throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  Archivist Charlie Horan will be interviewed as the representative of the PRRT&HS Lewistown Railroad Station.

Chapter Meeting - October 29, 2016

The October meeting included a special presentation, recognizing founding chapter member Carl Landeck, who was not available at the September meeting.  Thank you Carl!

The October modelers meeting was lead by Paul Buckley and Joe Spanarelli.  The featured topic was PRR Steam Turbines.  Special thanks to chapter member Jim Boylan, who provided a live model demo with his Lionel scale turbine #6200 (pictured below).

Founding Member Carl Landeck and Chapter President Steve Staffieri

Steve Boylan’s Lionel ScaleTurbine #6200

Chapter Meeting - December 3, 2016

The December meeting was another well attended event! The Chapter Store and participating vendors were well stocked!

Days events began at 11am with chapter member Gus Minardi sharing his story of how he found and developed his life long interest in the PRR and modeling. Gus displayed samples of four trains (Ore, Coal, Truc-Train and mixed freight) which he’s recently modeled (see photos below).

The feature presentation was given by chapter favorite Mitchell Dakelman. Mitchell’s presentation included a slide show of stellar PRR power and equipment. A Mitchell Dakelman presentation is never complete without an original film and the audience was not disappointed with “Diesels Roar on the Pennsy” - depicting operations along the Middle Division.

Ore, Mixed Freight, Coal and Truc-Train
 modeling by Gus Minardi

G39A Ore Jenny - modeling by Gus Minardi

Feature Presentation - by Mitchell Dakelman