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Chapter Meeting – September 15, 2021

SEP. 15 SOCIAL MEETING of the WM Chapter NRHS will be held at 7 PM in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest parking is available in the lot along Howard Street beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge, opposite the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking is free on a first-come basis. Be careful when crossing Howard Street because motor vehicles do not always fully stop at the bottom of westbound Exit 43B ramp. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Meeting Program Chairman Jeff Geiger will transport viewers to the great state of Alaska through the magic of watching high definition videos on the 55-inch, 4K Ultra HD video screen mounted on the west wall of the railroad museum. The video program begins with The White Pass Journey (2011), which features breath-taking views along the
White Pass & Yukon Route narrow gauge line that has been called “The Scenic Railway of the World.” The 110-mile long railroad goes from Skagway, Alaska, to Fraser, British Columbia, and ends at Carcross, Yukon. Construction on the rail line began in April 1898, just nine months after the Klondike Gold Rush that started in July 1897 with discovery
of two tons of gold. It took 26 months to build, following the Skagway River to White Pass Summit twenty miles to the northeast, then continuing on to Lake Bennett and down the Yukon River. The story continues with more details in the 56-minute video program, Alaska’s Gold Rush Train, as passengers travel aboard restored WP&YR parlor cars and discover abandoned gold rush sites, relive by fascinating lore narrated by local storytellers as viewers see spectacular gorges, glacier-fed waterfalls, and mountainsides graced with wildflowers. The WP&YR is one of the steepest railroads in the world and a truly incredible engineering feat, which has been declared as an international Historic Civil Landmark. It must be seen to be believed.

Chapter Business Mtg – Aug 18, 2021

The WM CHAPTER BUSINESS MEETING ON AUG. 18 will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday evening in the Cumberland Railroad Museum, located at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place in Cumberland MD. Nearest parking is available in the area beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge on the north side of Howard Street, opposite the historic
Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking is free on a first-come basis.

Chapter Meeting – July 21, 2021

The JULY 21 SOCIAL MEETING of the WM Chapter NRHS will begin at 6 PM (one hour earlier than usual) in and around the home of Kelly and Bruce Pfeifer on 190 Shady Rest Lane in Short Gap, West Virginia. This informal gathering of WM Chapter members, spouses and friends on a pleasant summer evening will feature a cookout and viewing of model railroad layouts. Here are directions to their home at 190 Shady Rest Lane in Short Gap WV:

From Cumberland, Ridgeley, and Wiley Ford, travel south on WV Route 28 or WV Route 28 Alternate for about six miles. Upon approaching Short Gap, pass the Dollar General Store and the Red Barn Restaurant on the left. Turn right on the Shady Rest Lane, then follow the left curve at the mail box cluster, and follow the right curve up Shady Rest Lane. No. 190 is the third house on the right, just before the cul-de-sac (turnaround).

From Cresaptown, LaVale, and Corriganville, travel south on US Route 220 to the intersection with MD Route 956 near Pinto. Turn left on to MD Route956 and go three miles until the road intersects with WV Route 28. Turn left at the new traffic signal and go north on WV Route 28, passing Graceland Church on the right. Turn left on to Shady Rest Lane, then follow the left curve at the mailbox cluster, and follow the right curve up Shady Rest Lane. No. 190 is the third house on the right, just before the cul-de-sac (turnaround).

From Fort Ashby, Springfield, and other places in Hampshire County, travel north on WV Route 28. At the new traffic signal in Short Gap, at the intersection with the road coming from Pinto, continue going north on WV Route 28, passing Graceland Church on the right. Turn left on to Shady Rest Lane, then follow the left curve at the mailbox cluster, and follow the right curve up Shady Rest Lane. No. 190 is the third house on the right, just before the cul-de-sac (turnaround).

Anyone planning to attend this meeting should contact Bruce Pfeifer at 410-227-8678, so that he has a good idea how many persons will be visiting his home on July 21. He is looking forward to everyone having an enjoyable evening.

Chapter Meeting – June 16, 2021

This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street, Suite C5, among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest free parking is available on Howard St. beneath the 1-68 bridge located on the north side of the Footer Dye Works building. Walk west along Howard St. extended to the end of the row of shops on the left side. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.


WM Chapter Meeting Program Chairman Jeff Geiger will show a 95-minute Pentrex video program based on its Union Pacific BIG BOY Collection. Produced in September 2001, this program has been proclaimed as the “Greatest Big Boy Video Ever!” A newly discovered collection of 35mm film that has never before been available to the public, has been combined with existing archives, to produce an all-inclusive record of each of the 25 Big Boy locomotives in action. Come and enjoy watching these immense locomotives on a 55-inch 4K ULTRA HD screen.

Chapter Business Mtg – May 19, 2021

The MAY 19 BUSINESS MEETING of the WM Chapter NRHS will be held in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street, among the shops at Canal Place in Cumberland MD. Nearest parking is available in the area beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge on the north side of Howard St., opposite the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking is free on first-come basis.