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The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) has announced fourteen recipients of its annual NRHS Heritage Grants Program. The 2016 grants total $35,000 and are awarded to organizations such as historical societies, museums, and NRHS Chapters.

This year’s grants were awarded to the following recipients:

$1,500 to the Thompson Historical Society, Inc. in Thompson, CT for archival supplies to be used to preserve and make available to the public 6000 photographs and 2000 artifacts which comprise the Frank Ramsdell Railroad Collection, a collection which spans the period from 1830 to 1954.

NRHS Members:

First, I want to thank all our board members leaving the board. Greg Molloy (President/District 6), Patrick Molloy (District 5), Claude Doane (District 7) and Robert Neman (District B). All have worked tirelessly for the good of the NRHS over many many years.  I say "Thank You" on behalf of all members of the NRHS.

The 2014 NRHS Election results were announced August 25 and Al Weber, District 6 Director, was named president for the 2014-2016 term of office. He will succeed Greg Molloy, who has served as president since 1994. Weber and all newly-elected NRHS board members will take office during the November 14-16 Fall Conference in Johnson City, TN. The final ballot results follow:

President

Al Weber - 1869 votes (W)

Greg Molloy - 1321 votes

Vice President

Joe Maloney - 2963 votes (W)

Global Directors (2)

Steve Barry - 2647 votes (W)

David Flinn - 2042 votes (W)

District 1 Director

Mia Mather - 353 votes (W)

District 2 Director

Harold Shaak - 426 votes (W)

District 3 Director

Frank Fowler - 423 votes (W)

District 4 Director

The North Florida Chapter NRHS has received $20,000 from Trains Magazine and CSX Corp. to fund the cosmetic restoration of Atlantic Coast Line No. 1504, a 1919-built steam locomotive on display in Jacksonville, Florida. The magazine selected the NRHS chapter for its annual $10,000 Preservation Award, which was doubled by a matching grant from CSX. Displayed at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, ACL 1504 has been outdoors for more than 50 years and is rapidly deteriorating due to exposure from the harsh Florida sun and salt air. In April NRHS named the locomotive to its 2013 "Most At-Risk" list of endangered U.S. landmarks.

This marks the first time a major Class I railroad has partnered with Trains. The award was announced during the annual Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums conference, held this year in Riverside, California.

 

While everyone likes to focus on the programs of their favorite nonprofit organization, the bottom line is that running a nonprofit is no different than running a business. The simple truth is that NRHS is selling a $50 product for $40, and no business can do that for long.

 

The Michigan Central Railroad Station was Detroit's main mass transit point of entry, an elaborate structure that was the world's tallest at the time of its 1913 construction. Designed by noted architects Warren & Wetmore (the team that designed New York City's Grand Central Station), its cost surpassed $2.5 million and its design was one of the most elaborate in the nation. Closed in the late 1980s, the station is currently vacant and heavily damaged. It was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1974 and in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Built during the “Gothic period” of heavyweight passenger cars, the Lion Gardiner served on the New York Central’s finest trains after World War I and through the 1940s. The Pullman car is an exceptional representative of fine railroad dining during this era.

 

In 1910, this elegant Union Station was erected along the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and Baltimore & Ohio lines through Gary. Beaux Arts style was still in vogue but construction would utilize the latest in 20th Century steel-reinforced poured concrete. Even today the station is structurally sound and the exterior is in remarkable condition. Yet the abandoned structure awaits an uncertain future, located among a maze of elevated railroad mainlines. Vandals, pigeons, and the elements have thoroughly damaged this one time showpiece and its magnificent interior has been stripped. Ceilings are caving in and all windows have been shattered.

 

A National Historic Landmark—the highest designation available in the United States—the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company is the country's oldest narrow gauge railroad. Opened in 1856, the line winds through 31 miles of beautiful mountain scenery and remains virtually intact – including track, steam locomotives, cars and facilities. Also nestled in the remarkably unchanged landscape are villages and towns which sprang up during the early years of operation. The EBT is a virtual time machine documenting the industrial progress of the U.S. during the golden era of steam power.

 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad depot in Duffields, WV, is a significant part of Jefferson County’s transportation and military history. The 1839 depot is believed to be the second oldest train station still standing in the U.S. It was significant in Civil War history as a key supply depot for Union Forces. It retains excellent historic architectural integrity for a building constructed in the early 19th century.