“Tracks to the Golden Triangle” is the theme for the 2024 Railway & Locomotive Historical Society’s annual meeting, to be held in Pittsburgh on May 15-18. The host will be R&LHS’s Steel City Chapter. Event headquarters will be the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. Station Square is a shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment complex that is based in and around the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad’s 1901 passenger station, general office, and freight house. Room rate for R&LHS attendees is $175/night + tax. Book reservations directly with the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa., 412-261-2000. “Steel City Chapter-Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Inc.” will appear at the top of the page. The R&LHS rate is good through April 17 and parking costs $30/day and is handled by a vendor, ABM Parking, 412-261-1993.

Click here to access the registration form (adobe reader required).  The cost is $400 each for member and member guest(s) and $430 for non-members which includes a one year membership in the R&LHS.

Among the activities planned are:

Wednesday, May 15
Afternoon, 3 to 5 p.m., registration at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, followed by meet-and greet. Dinner on your own. Annual R&LHS meeting, 8 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, May 16
Morning, a ride on an LRV car of Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s light-rail system, ending with a tour of PRT’s South Hills Maintenance Facility.
Afternoon, bus transfer to visit the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Pa., which offers a four-mile ride on a portion of a former interurban route. PTM recently opened a $15 million visitor and education center with interpretive exhibits, interactive kiosks, a theater, and a gift shop.
Evening, railroad-theme dinner and showing of “The General” film with piano and brass band accompaniment by Tom Roberts at the Teutonia Männerchor German Club.

Friday, May 17
Morning/Afternoon, Trip on Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian passenger train via Norfolk Southern’s Pittsburgh Line and the landmark Horseshoe Curve to Huntingdon, Pa., for bus transfer to the narrow-gauge East Broad Top (EBT) Railroad at Rockhill Furnace, Pa. At EBT, a National Historic Landmark, members will ride the steam train, tour the circa-1900 shops and roundhouse, and take a ride on a car of the Rockhill Trolley Museum.
Evening, stop for dinner en route on the bus trip back to Pittsburgh.

Saturday, May 18
Morning, Bus trip for inspection of the Union Railroad shops at Hall, Pa.
Afternoon, Bus trip to Norfolk Southern’s Conway Yard at Conway, Pa.
Evening, annual R&LHS banquet.

NOTE: Final schedule for meals is pending arrangements.

Important Considerations:
1. Long pants and closed-toe shoes or work boots are required for shop tours. No shorts or sandals.
2. Amtrak, East Broad Top, and light-rail vehicles are ADA-accessible. Not all historic trolley equipment is accessible.
3. No refund of R&LHS registration fee after April 30.
4. Attendees with dietary needs must contact the R&LHS Steel City Chapter in writing at 222 Waugaman Road, Harrison City, PA 15636-1403 at least two weeks prior to the event.