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2024 Annual Meeting Pre-announcement


The 2024 PRRT&HS Annual Meeting will be held from May 8, 2024 to May 11, 2024 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA.


You may notice that Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 12th, and so, to allow our members time to get home in order to spend that day with their families, our schedule will be a bit compressed this year, wrapping up with a barbecue picnic late Saturday afternoon at the Railroaders Memorial Museum in place of our normal Saturday night banquet. Also, Sunday's traditional layout visits will be moved to Friday night.


Thursday's featured optional tour this year is exciting. We will be visiting the East Broad Top Railroad, including a tour of their shop and facilities, the trolley museum, and an hour-long ride on their narrow gauge railroad, pulled by their #16, a 1916 Baldwin 2-8-2 Mikado. There will also be an optional ride on their freight train, complete with dedicated photo run-bys. Buses leave the convention center at 8 AM, so unless you are local, you will probably want to stay in the area Wednesday night.


For those who are not aware, the East Broad Top was originally constructed in 1872 and is the oldest and only surviving 3-foot narrow gauge common carrier railroad that still exists east of the Rockies. Their World-reknown steam locomotive shop provides restoration and operations support for this wonderful steam railroad.


There will be an alternate tour Friday for those who may have other interests and last year's popular jewelry program will be repeated this year, too.


There are two dozen presentations lined up, with most of them having two separate times. It's a great collection of subjects, too. Details and schedules will be forthcoming.


All of this is in addition to our normal annual membership meeting, model room, vendor room and opportunity to get caught up again with good friends face-to-face with a handshake.


Final details are currently being worked out and you can expect information on hotels and registration soon, so come back here to the website frequently to be among the first to get them.


We look forward to seeing you in Altoona.

Winter Issue of The Keystone Modeler Published

The Winter 2024 issue of TKM has been published. You can find it here.

See the excellent work that Tim Garner has done so far on his model of the impressive PRR Baltimore Station in Part 2 of his saga. Several interesting product reviews as well.

If you have an interesting, fun or challenging PRR-themed modeling project going on, or recently completed one, and would like to share it with our readers, give some thought to taking some pictures of it and writing it up. You can find out how to submit articles for publication on page 2 of the TKM.


Winter 2023 The Keystone In the Mail

The Winter 2023, volume 56 number 4, is in the mail. Be looking for it. You can go here to see the Table of Contents.

2021 - 2022 Keystones In Store Now

The 2021 and 2022 issues of our quarterly publication The Keystone are now available in our Store. Cost is $15 each to the public or $12 each to our members. To get to the store, click on "Store" in our menu above or click here. Members must be logged into the website in order to get the member price.

New Book for Sale! The Great Race to the Jersey Shore

by Frank A. Wrabel, 2023

Atlantic City, New Jersey grew to be the most popular Atlantic Shore vacation destination of the Northeast after WWI. Both the Pennsylvania and the Phila. & Reading railroads fought hard to capture passengers. Buses and autos ate into profits in the 1930s, so the two adversaries merged to survive. This book is the grand story of growth and atrophy of South Jersey rail, to the present day.

376 pages, over 370 illustrations, many in color. Hardbound, Smyth sewn

Member Price - $65

Non-member Price - $80

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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. And to further the accurate modeling of the PRR so that future generations may better appreciate and understand the company.

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