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M1B 6787, East Altoona, April 1957, was built by Lima, placed into service on April 3, 1930 as an M1A, converted to M1B in September 1946, and was sold for scrap in September 1959.

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The Society's mission is to further scholarly learning and interest in the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and its predecessor companies by stimulating and encouraging the collecting, researching, recording and preserving of all technical, historical and practical information concerning the PRR and to make this information available to interested persons in appropriate ways, such as publications, meetings, and the maintenance of a research archive. In addition, the Society hopes to further accurate modeling


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Members Enjoyed the 2018 Annual Meeting in Altoona 

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With a full three day schedule at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA, over 400 PRRT&HS members and an additional 100 guests enjoyed over 23 presentations and trips to the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Horse Shoe Curve, and the Everett Railroad for a steam powered excursion.

Banquet Speaker Bennett Levin presented an inspiring talk on Altoona's role as an early version of "Silicon Valley" as the PRR made significant breakthroughs in Railroad technologies for nearly 100 years. In addition, a majority of the PRR's early presidents began their railroad careers in Altoona, working their way up through the ranks of the PRR, and also undertaking significant leadership roles in the United States, outside of their leadership of the PRR. A proud heritage for the "Railroad City of the USA."

During the society's visit to the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Bennett also announced a new initiative to procure a new, welded boiler for famed PRR K4s 1361 so it can be restored to operational status.

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