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Index to Railroad Historical Societies

Introduction:-

This index was prepared as an aid for the "Railroad Historical Database Project". It is intended to include the major railroad companies of the 1930-1950 era in alphabetical order, and the historical societies which cover them, where known. The railroad list is somewhat arbitrary, and has been augmented with short lines and contemporary railroads for which there are societies. For some railroads with no historical society, but with a museum dedicated to that railroad, the museum is listed. Links are provided to websites and E-mail addresses, where available. Some websites are indicated as "unoffcl." because they are maintained by members, but are not officially sanctioned by the society. Some individuals maintain private websites dedicated to the history of a specific railroad, and since these often provide much information of interest, some are listed although they are not historical societies as such.

It can be noted that many organizations called "... Railroad Historical Society" are oriented more toward current operations than to historical research, and indeed function more as "fan clubs". This is often true of the many local chapters of the National Railway Historical Society. Most NRHS chapters are regional in scope, but a few are dedicated to specific railroads. Some have websites. Chapter listings are provided on the NRHS website, sorted by Chapter Name, or State, Province or Country.

It is possible that some of the railroads shown as having no society may be covered a society for a successor railroad. We will appreciate having our attention called to any such situations, or any other corrections or omissions, by E-mail to aettlinger@worldnet.att.net

The following links are provided as a matter of convenience and do not constitute an endorsement of any person, product, action or activity.

Index to Railroad Historical Societies

--National
American Railway Caboose Historical Educational Society
4351 Holly Hills Blvd, St Louis, MO 63116-2255
Website E-mail
Early American Railroading Group
PO Box 101-Z, Allegan, MI 49010
The Lexington Group, c/o Don Hofsommer, St. Cloud State U.,
420 Fourth Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Mobile Post Office Society
c/o Douglas N. Clark, PO Box 51, Lexington, Georgia 30648
Website E-mail
National Railway Historical Society
PO Box 58153, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Website E-mail
Rail-Marine Information Group, c/o John Teichmoeller,
12107 Mt. Albert Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Railroad Station Historical Society
430 Ivy Ave, Crete, NE 68333
Railroadians of America, PO Box 6125, Parsippany, NJ 07054
(Merged into New Jersey Midland RHS)
Railway & Locomotive Historical Society
3454 Cormorant Cove Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32223
Website
Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
117 East Main Street Boyce VA 22620-9639
Website E-mail
Society of Freight Car Historians
c/o David Casdorph, P.O. Box 1458, Monrovia, CA 91016
--Regional
[AK]Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad, Inc.
PO Box 84498, Fairbanks, AK 99708
Website E-mail
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
Shortlines of Chicago Historical Society, c/o Doug Kaniuk
PO Box 417092, Chicago, IL 60641
Website E-mail
Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California
PO Box 32161, Long Beach, CA 90832-2161
Website E-mail
Hawaiian Railway Society
Renton Road, Ewa Mill, Oahu, Hawaii
Website E-mail
[Maine] 470 Railroad Club
PO Box 641, Portland, ME 04104-0641
[NJ] United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey
158 Heights Terrace, Middletown, NJ 07748
Website E-mail
[NJ] Phillipsburg Railroad Historians, Inc.
292 Chambers Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Website E-mail
[NY] New York Railroad Enthusiasts
PO Box 040320, Staten Island, NY 10304
Website E-mail
North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society
PO Box 1770, Rahway, NJ 07065
Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society
PO Box 702, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Website E-mail
Pacific Coast Chapter, R&LHS
198 Wool St. Folsom, CA 95630-2596
Website E-mail
Siouxland Historical Railroad Association
PO Box 1355, Sioux City, IA 51102-1355
  E-mail
Southwest Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 153259, Dallas, TX 75315
  E-mail
Texas Panhandle Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 50422, Amarillo, TX 79159-0422
  
Three Rivers Narrow Gauge Historical Society
218 l9th St., Findlay, OH 45840
Texas Panhandle Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 50422, Amarillo, TX 79159-0422
Website E-mail
Eastern Virginia Railroad Historical Society
510 Austin Street, Norfolk, VA 23503
 E-mail
Washington State Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 552, Pasco, Washington 99301
Website E-mail
[WV] Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association
P.O. Box 89, Cass, WV 24927
Website
--Akron, Canton & Youngstown
Akron, Canton & Youngstown Historical Society
PO Box196, Sharon Center, Ohio 44274
Website E-mail
--Alton
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Historical Society
PO Box 2457, Joliet IL 60434
Website E-mail
--Amtrak
Amtrak Historical Society
1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Ste 350, Chicago, IL 60622-2009
Website E-mail
--Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Railroad Technical & Historical Association
PO Box 1691, Holland, MI 49422-1691
Website E-mail
--Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society
9847 Spring Hill Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Website E-mail
San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 2878, San Bernardino, CA 92406-2878
--Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay
Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Line Historical Society
Jim Cooper Jr., 517 E. Market St.,Taylorville, IL 62568
--Atlanta & West Point
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Atlantic Coast Line
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Baltimore & Ohio
Affiliation for Baltimore & Ohio System Historical Research
Dwight Jones, 536 Claribrook Avenue, Columbus, OH 43228
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 24225, Baltimore MD 21227
Website E-mail
Chessie System Historical Society
c/o Andy Statler, 1660 Farm Lane, Greencastle, PA 17225
Website E-mail
--Bangor & Aroostook
--Belt Railway of Chicago
Shortlines of Chicago Historical Society, c/o Doug Kaniuk
PO Box 417092, Chicago, IL 60641
Website E-mail
--Bessemer & Lake Erie
--Boston & Albany
New York Central System Historical Society
PO Box 81184, Cleveland, OH 44181-0184
  E-mail
--Boston & Maine
Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 469, Derry, NH 03038
Website E-mail
--Burlington Northern
Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad
PO Box 271, West Bend, WI 53095-0271
Website
E-mail
--Central of Georgia
Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society
2 Turnbull Dr., Rome GA 30161
Website
E-mail
Southern Railway Historical Association
PO Box 33, Spencer, NC 28159
Website
Southern Railway Historical Society
B. F. Roberts, PO Box 204094, Augusta GA 30917-4094
--Central RR of New Jersey
Central RR of NJ Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4226, Dunellen, NJ 08812-4226
  E-mail
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
--Central Vermont
Central Vermont Railway Historical Society
Gerald B. Fox, 48 Saybrook Road, Essex Junction, VT. 05452-2625
Website
--Chesapeake & Ohio
Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 79, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 (800) 453-COHS
Website
Chessie System Historical Society
c/o Andy Statler, 1660 Farm Lane, Greencastle, PA 17225
Website E-mail
--Chicago & Eastern Illinois
Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Society
101 West Jackson Avenue, Watseka, IL 60970
Website
Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
PO Box 17122, Louisville, KY 40217
Website
Missouri Pacific Historical Society
P.O. Box 456, Ballwin, MO 63022-0456
Website E-mail
--Chicago & North Western
Chicago & North Western Historical Society
PO Box 1068, North Riverside, IL 60546
Website E-mail
--Chicago, Attica & Southern
Shortlines of Chicago Historical Society, c/o Doug Kaniuk
PO Box 417092, Chicago, IL 60641
Website E-mail
--Chicago, Aurora & Elgin
Shore Line Interurban Historical Society
PO Box 346, Chicago, IL 60690-0346
--Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Burlington Route Historical Society
PO Box 456, LaGrange, IL 60525
Website E-mail
--Chicago Great Western
Chicago & North Western Historical Society
PO Box 1068, North Riverside, IL 60546
Website E-mail
--Chicago, Indianapolis & Lousiville
Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
PO Box 17122, Louisville, KY 40217
Website
Monon Railroad Historical & Technical Society
PO Box 68, Ladoga, IN 47954-0068
Website E-mail
--Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Milwaukee Road Historical Society
PO Box 307, Antioch, IL 60002-0307
Website E-mail
--Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee
Shore Line Interurban Historical Society
PO Box 346, Chicago, IL 60690-0346
(Private website) Website
--Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
Rock Island Technical Society, David J. Engle
11519 N. Wayne, Kansas City, MO 64155-2914
Website E-mail
--Chicago, South Shore & South Bend
Shore Line Interurban Historical Society
PO Box 346, Chicago, IL 60690-0346
--Clinchfield
Clinchfield Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 108, Erwin, TN 37650
Website E-mail
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Colorado & Southern
Burlington Route Historical Society
PO Box 456, LaGrange, IL 60525
Website E-mail
Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Historical Society
PO Box 3246, Littleton, CO 80161-3246
--Conrail
Conrail Historical Society
222 S. Main Street, Marysville, PA 17053
Website E-mail
Conrail Technical Society
PO Box 7140, Garden City, NY 11530-7140
Website E-mail
--Cotton Belt -- see St. Louis Southwestern
--Delaware & Hudson
Bridge Line Historical Society
PO Box 7242, Capitol Station, Albany, NY 12224
Website E-mail
--Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
Erie Lackawanna Historical Society
Dave Olesen, 116 Ketcham Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Website E-mail
--Denver & Rio Grande Western
Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society
PO Box 25114, Colorado Springs, CO 80936-5114
Website E-mail
--Denver, South Park & Pacific
DSP&P Historical Society, Inc., c/o Jim Roberts
2725 Willow Glen Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026-9512
  E-mail
--Detroit & Mackinac
Detroit & Mackinac Railway Historical Society
305 S McClellan St., Bay City, MI 48708-7569
Website E-mail
--Detroit & Toledo Shore Line
Grand Trunk Western Historical Society
PO Box 214, Durand MI 48429-0214
Website E-mail
--Detroit, Toledo & Ironton
Ann Arbor Railroad Technical & Historical Association
PO Box 1691, Holland, MI 49422-1691
Website E-mail
Grand Trunk Western Historical Society
PO Box 214, Durand MI 48429-0214
Website E-mail
--Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range
Missabe Railroad Historical Society
506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Website E-mail
--Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic
Soo Line Historical & Technical Society
Mike Harrington, 3410 Kasten Court, Middleton, WI 53562
--Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific
Grand Trunk Western Historical Society
PO Box 214, Durand MI 48429-0214
Website E-mail
--Elgin, Joliet & Eastern
Shortlines of Chicago Historical Society, c/o Doug Kaniuk
PO Box 417092, Chicago, IL 60641
Website E-mail
--Erie
Erie Lackawanna Historical Society
Dave Olesen, 116 Ketcham Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Website E-mail
--Florida East Coast
FEC Railway Historical Archives and Museum (Appointment only)
330 N. E. 96th St., Miami FL 33138
  E-mail
--Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville
Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad Historical Society
Walt Danylak, 115 Uploand Road, Syracuse, NY 13207-1119
(Private website) Website
--Frisco -- see St. Louis-San Francisco
--Georgia
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Grand Trunk Western
Grand Trunk Western Historical Society
PO Box 214, Durand MI 48429-0214
Website E-mail
--Great Northern
Great Northern Railway Historical Society
1781 Griffith, Berkley, MI 48072
Website E-mail
--Green Bay & Western
--Gulf, Mobile & Northern
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Historical Society
PO Box 2457, Joliet IL 60434
Website E-mail
--Gulf, Mobile & Ohio
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Historical Society
PO Box 2457, Joliet IL 60434
Website E-mail
--Illinois Central
Illinois Central Historical Society
Margaret Shearer, PO Box 288, Paxton, IL 60957
Website E-mail
--Illinois Terminal
Illinois Traction Society
Dale Jenkins, 264 Victoria Ave., Decatur, IL 62522
Website E-mail
llinois Terminal Railroad Historical Society
Gill Siepert, Central College, East Peoria, IL 61635
--Indiana Harbor Belt
Shortlines of Chicago Historical Society, c/o Doug Kaniuk
PO Box 417092, Chicago, IL 60641
Website E-mail
--Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern Historical Society
PO Box 5332, Shreveport, LA 71135-5332
Website
E-mail
--Lehigh & Hudson River
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
New Jersey Midland Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 6125, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Website E-mail
--Lehigh & New England
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
New Jersey Midland Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 6125, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Website E-mail
--Lehigh Valley
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society
PO Box RR, Manchester, NY 14504-0200
--Long Island
The Railroad Museum of Long Island
PO Box 726, Greenport, NY 11944
Website E-mail
Twin Forks Chapter, NRHS
PO Box 188, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Website E-mail
--Louisville & Nashville
Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
PO Box 17122, Louisville, KY 40217
Website
--Maine Central
--Manistique & Lake Superior
Ann Arbor Railroad Technical & Historical Association
PO Box 1691, Holland, MI 49422-1691
Website E-mail
--Maryland & Pennsylvania
Maryland & Pennsylvania Preservation & Historical Society
219 Princeton Lane, Bel Air, MD 21014-2018
Website E-mail
Maryland & Pennsylvania Preservation Society
PO Box 5122, York, PA 17405-5122
Website E-mail
--Middletown & New Jersey
Middletown & New Jersey Railroad Historical Society
c/o Doug Barberio, 325 Collabar Rd., Montgomery, NY 12549-1808
Website E-mail
--The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit
The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical Society, Inc.
c/o Larry Sakar-Secretary, 6930 S. 20th St. #2312, Oak Creek, WI 53154
  E-mail
--Minneapolis & St. Louis
Chicago & North Western Historical Society
PO Box 1068, North Riverside, IL 60546
Website E-mail
--Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie
Soo Line Historical & Technical Society
Mike Harrington, 3410 Kasten Court, Middleton, WI 53562
Website E-mail
--Missouri-Kansas-Texas
Katy Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 1784, Sedalia, MO 65302
Website
(unoffcl.)
E-mail
--Missouri Pacific
Missouri Pacific Historical Society
P.O. Box 456, Ballwin, MO 63022-0456
Website E-mail
--Mobile & Ohio
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Historical Society
PO 2457, Joliet IL 60434
Website E-mail
Mobile & Bay Shore Railroad Historical Society
c/o Craig McGraw, 5287 Noble Dr. N., Mobile, AL 36619-1930
Website E-mail
--Monon -- see Chicago, Indianapolis & Lousiville
--Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
PO Box 17122, Louisville, KY 40217
Website
--New York Central
New York Central System Historical Society
PO Box 81184, Cleveland, OH 44181-0184
Website E-mail
Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 404, Margaretville, NY 12455-0404
Website E-mail
--New York, Chicago & St. Louis
Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society
PO Box 381, New Haven, IN 46774-0381
Website E-mail
--New York Connecting
New York Connecting Railroad Society
c/o Henry Frick, 10268 Maria Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76108
Website E-mail
--New York, New Haven & Hartford
New Haven Railroad Historical & Technical Association
PO Box 122, Wallingford, CT 06492
Website E-mail
--New York, Ontario & Western
Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society
Box 713, Middletown, NY, 10940
Website E-mail
--New York, Susquehanna & Western
New Jersey Midland Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 6125, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Website E-mail
New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society,
PO Box 121, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662-0121
Website E-mail
--Nickel Plate -- see New York, Chicago & St. Louis
--Norfolk & Western
Norfolk & Western Historical Society
PO Box 13908, Roanoke, VA 24038-3908
Website E-mail
--Norfolk Southern
Norfolk & Southern Historical Society
4729 Bristol Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2477
Website E-mail
--Northern Pacific
Northern Pacific Railroad Historical Association
c/o Norm Snow, PO Box 2937, Kirkland, WA 98038
Website
(unoffcl.)
E-mail
--Northwestern Pacific
Northwestern Pacific RR Historical & Technical Society
PO Box 667, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Website E-mail
--Pacific Electric
Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California
PO Box 32161, Long Beach, CA 90832-2161
Website E-mail
--Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society
PO Box 389 Upper Darby, PA 19082
Website E-mail
Camden & Amboy Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 3277 South Amboy, NJ 08879
--Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore LInes
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines Historical Society
PO Box 1214, Bellmawr, NJ 08099
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society
PO Box 389 Upper Darby, PA 19082
Website E-mail
Reading Company Technical & Historical Society
PO Box 15143, Reading, PA 19612-5143
Website E-mail
--Pere Marquette
Pere Marquette Historical Society
PO Box 422, Grand Haven, MI 49417-0422
Website E-mail
Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 79, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 (800) 453-COHS
Website
--Piedmont & Northern
Piedmont & Northern Railway Historical Association
Craig A. Myers, PO Box 5481, Greenville, SC 29606
--Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern
Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society
320 West State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895-1379
  E-mail
--Reading
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
PO Box 519, Lansdale, PA 19446-0519
Website E-mail
Reading Company Technical & Historical Society
PO Box 15143, Reading, PA 19612-5143
Website E-mail
--Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac
Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 9097, Fredericksburg, VA 22403-9097
Website E-mail
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Rio Grande Southern
Rio Grande Southern Historical & Technical Society
PO Box 3358, La Mesa, CA 92044
--Rutland
Rutland Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 6262, Rutland, VT 05701
--Seaboard Air Line
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
PO Box 17122, Louisville, KY 40217
Website
--Soo -- see Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie
--Southern
Southern Railway Historical Association
PO Box 33, Spencer, NC 28159
Website
Southern Railway Historical Society
B. F. Roberts, PO Box 204094, Augusta GA 30917-4094
--Southern Pacific
Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society
PO Box 93697, Pasadena, CA 91109-3697
Website E-mail
--Spokane, Portland & Seattle
Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society
8002 N.E. Highway 99 #40, Vancouver, WA 98466
Website
--St. Louis Southwestern
Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society
PO Box 2044, Pine Bluff, AR 71613-2044
--St. Louis-San Francisco
Railroad Historical Museum
1300 N. Grant St., Springfield, Missouri 65805
Website E-mail
--Tennessee Central
Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
PO Box 17122, Louisville, KY 40217
Website
--Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Historical & Technical
Society, PO Box 1688, St. Louis, MO 63188-1788
Website
--Texas & Pacific
Missouri Pacific Historical Society
P.O. Box 456, Ballwin, MO 63022-0456
Website E-mail
--Tidewater Southern
Tidewater Southern Historical Society
Benjamin Cantu, PO Box 882, Manteca, CA 95336
  E-mail
--Toledo, Peoria & Western
--Ulster & Delaware
Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 404, Margaretville, NY 12455-0404
Website E-mail
--Union Pacific
Union Pacific Historical Society
PO Box 4006, Cheyenne, WY 82003-4006
Website E-mail
--Virginian
Norfolk & Western Historical Society
PO Box 13908, Roanoke, VA 24038-3908
Website E-mail
--Wabash
Wabash Railroad Historical Society
813 Ayres St., Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Website E-mail
--Western Maryland
Western Maryland Railway Historical Society
PO Box 395, Union Bridge, MD 21791
Website E-mail
Chessie System Historical Society
c/o Andy Statler, 1660 Farm Lane, Greencastle, PA 17225
Website E-mail
--Western Pacific
Feather River Rail Society
PO Box 608, Portola, CA 96122
Website E-mail
--Western Ry. of Alabama
ACL & SAL Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 4141, Bay Pines, FL 33744-4141
Website E-mail
--Wheeling & Lake Erie
Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society
PO Box 381, New Haven, IN 46774-0381
Website E-mail