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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 Corporation.

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 Railway.

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 Group Rate.

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 “RRS”.

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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