Special Announcement(s)


June 20, 2024


Tonight, Thursday June 20, 2024 is our normal June meeting of Philadelphia Chapter, NRHS!  Our meeting is at 7:00 PM, and will feature Chapter Member Jim Hager and his time at the Strasburg Rail Road.

Your June issue of Cinders is being mailed today, Thursday, June 20.  Operational delays with the production of our newsletter by our printer, coupled with the unplanned Juneteenth Holiday and the resultant Postal Service shutdown on Wednesday, June 19, have caused this problem.  Members  attending tonight’s meeting will find extra printed copies of Cinders available at tonight’s meeting.

You may join tonight’s meeting on ZOOM.


Meeting ID: 897 7690 3260

Passcode: 783014


We apologize for this inconvenience and trust you will understand.






The Philadelphia Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society

Established 1936


READING RAILFEST 2018 - Photo by Daniel Knouse


Coatesville is forty miles west of Philadelphia and has been an important steel town since it was Lukens. Today the plant is owned by Cliffs and continues to make plate steel in electric arc furnaces. Norfolk Southern serves the plant via the Pennsylvania RR, now Amtrak Keystone Line to Harrisburg. They use a steep connection from Amtrak to the former Reading Co, Wilmington and Northern line. Once inside the plant they drop / pickup cars and make interchange with the Brandywine Valley RR.

On Halloween 2022, we observe NS 6915 EMD SD60E and NS 4035 GE AC44 heading up a long train heading south over the Brandywine Creek into the plant. Late fall color abounds the former Reading traction

Photo by Eric Dervinis


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