R&LHS 2015 Annual Meeting
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a
city founded by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1849 as a site for
locomotive and rolling stock repair shops--a complex of buildings
and yards that eventually employed 15,000 people at its peak.
Today Altoona maintains a key role in locomotive rebuilding as
home of the Juniata Locomotive Shop for the Norfolk Southern
Our meeting will begin with registration and the board of
director’s session on Thursday evening, June, 4, 2015. For those
not attending the board meeting, a program on Altoona’s railroad
history will be offered.
On Friday, June 5, we will tour contemporary railroad facilities
in the morning, including a rare opportunity to visit the Juniata
Locomotive Shop, as well as a visit to Curry Rail Services, which
repairs freight cars and manufactures locomotive components
in the former PRR Sam Rea car shop in Hollidaysburg. Friday
afternoon we will tour the Allegheny Portage Railroad Museum,
operated by the National Park Service, and learn about one of
the earliest attempts to build a railroad across the Allegheny
Mountains employing a system of inclined planes. From there
we will bus to the world famous Horseshoe Curve to visit this
marvel of civil engineering.
Our formal banquet will be held Friday evening at Lakemont
Park, a trolley park built by the Altoona & Logan Valley Electric
Saturday June 6, we will begin with an excursion train on the
Everett Railroad, from Hollidaysburg to Martinsburg, PA. From
there we will bus to Rockhill Furnace for an afternoon visit to the
Rockhill Trolley Museum. Returning to Altoona, we will have
the evening to tour the Altoona Railroader’s Memorial Museum,
including buffet supper. The annual R&LHS Membership
Meeting will immediately follow supper .
Hotel Information: Headquarters hotel will be the Altoona
Courtyard Marriott. The R&LHS group rate is $129 per night.
To make reservations, call 1-800-MARRIOTT and specify
the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Annual Meeting
Due to limited capacity of the Courtyard Marriott, we have a
group rate established at the Altoona Hampton Inn of $139 per
night. The Hampton is approximately 1 mile from the Marriott
and the phone number is 814-941-3500. To make reservations,
go online to hamptoninnaltoona.com and use the group code
Please make your reservations directly with each hotel. Room
blocks are limited and are expected to book up early.
A complete meeting schedule and registration form will be
included in the Winter Quarterly Newsletter.
Contact John Atherton or phone (845) 471-8152 for further details or questions.
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