The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society


Eastbound coal train on the Curve with an J1 in October 1951.  John M. Prophet photo.


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2020 Annual Meeting
Back to State College PA and the Penn Stater!
May 14-16
State College, PA

A combined effort by the Middle Division,
Pittsburgh Division, and the Long Island Division

The meeting will be hosted in the Penn Stater Convention
Center, which was enjoyed by many who attended the 2015
annual meeting, with on-site hotel rooms, fully ADA
compliant convention facilities, and on-site restaurant.


Standard Steel tour - Burnham, PA & PRRT&HS Archive Tour - Lewistown Station

Thursday, May 14, departing the Penn Stater at 8:15 AM, returning around 4 PM
Lunch at JP Edwards in Lewistown

Standard started as Freedom Forge in 1795 and started to make iron locomotive wheels in 1856 on the current site. Considered by many in the industry to make the best steel railroad wheels in the world, the guided tour of the plant should cover all steps in the production of railroad wheels, from melting of new and recycled steel, to finish and inspection of the newly forged wheels.

"Muleshoe Tour"

Friday, May 15, Bus tour departing from the Penn Stater

The purpose of this tour is to expose participants to some lesser known aspects of the PRR in the Altoona area and to orient them so that they can spend more time on their own if desired. One important aspect is to visit the location of PRR's Mule Shoe Curve. Part of this story includes the Pennsylvania Canal and the Allegheny Portage RR, otherwise known as the Main Line of Public Works. These were purchased by the PRR and are part of the route followed by PRR's line through the Mule Shoe to the tunnels at Gallitzin, otherwise known as the "New Portage Secondary." We will stop at the Canal Basin in Hollidaysburg, where the PRR connected (1852) for about two years to take passengers over the mountain until the Allegheny Tunnel was completed in 1854. At the Portage RR Museum, you can get a better portion of the story for this route. Will stop at the Cresson Helper Servicing Facilities. The Cresson and Irvona Branches delivered much coal traffic to the Main Line here. In 1951 there were still 27 branches and branches of branches feeding coal to Cresson, which we will discuss. We will pass the locations of numerous towers at Wye, MO, UN, AR, Slope, Alto, Rose, and Antis as well as the PRR's Engine houses at Cresson and East Altoona and the Sam Rea Car Shops at Hollidaysburg. The car shops and AR are the only extant structures. The trip will take about 5 hours. A sandwich lunch will be included.

"Wine and Cream Tour"

Friday, May 15, Bus tour departing the Penn Stater at 8:45 AM

This tour will include:
Asher's Chocolate - 10:00 AM
Hawstone Winery - 11:00 AM
Lunch at JP Edwards - 12-1:00 PM
Brookmere Winery - 1:30-2:30 PM
Penn State Creamery - 3:15 PM
Return to Penn Stater - 4:30 PM

Reservations at the Penn Stater can be made:
Reservation Code: PAR0513
Room Rate: $136.00
Phone Number: 800-233-7505

Vendors, presentations, model room, and layout tours will be included

Registration package, schedule and list of presentations should be mailed to members by the end of February, and will also be posted here for download.

Mark your calenders - Future Meetings after 2020:

2021 Annual Meeting
May 13-15
Columbus Ohio
Lines West Buckeye Region Chapter

2022 Annual Meeting Date and facility TBD, but in the Harrisburg, PA area
Hosted by the Northern Central Chapter

Considering Attending an Annual Meeting?

Our Annual Meetings typically are 2 or 3 full day events
ending with a banquet on Saturday night.
Presentations and a Vendor room are provided for at least
two days, and sometimes three, depending on the venue
and affilated events. An impressive display of models,
and a report from the society's very successful modeling
committee that supports model manufacturers in the
production of PRR models is a popular event:

PRRT&HS's 51st Annual meeting was held in Lancaster, PA, May 15-18, 2019
2019 Schedule of Events

PRRT&HS's 50th Annual meeting was held in Altoona, PA, May 9-13, 2018
2018 Schedule of Events

PRRT&HS's 49th Annual meeting was held in Camp Hill, PA, May 18-20, 2017
2017 Schedule of Events

Registration packets are typically mailed to members by the end of February

We hope you can join us!

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