Blue Ridge NRHS

Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS 2016 Calendar of Events

58th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Chapter

A Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region Partner

Compiled by Norris Deyerle,

Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS, Chairman of Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region Partners

Newly updated or added events since last month printed in“Bold Italics”.

Renew your NRHS membership on  today! Good things are happening with the new and improved NRHS!  Also log on to  to see what the future holds for today’s railroad preservation historical society!  It’s alive!  
Vote “Yes” for a future Amtrak stop in the Town of Bedford, Va. also serving the Smith Mountain Lake area riders.  It’s easy and free!  Go to    
N&W Class J 611 2016 Excursion Schedule Info & Tickets:  and  {VMT}. View the J 611 as she comes and goes through Roanoke at ! Listen to her crew’s conversations with NS dispatchers on the app on your cell phone or  on your computer.  Covers both Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia areas.   

Notice:  I urge our friends with the other railway historical groups and museums to take advantage of these two websites to promote your train show: or There is no cost to promote your train show on these websites.  It’s simple to add your event to their websites and your event approval is fast and efficient.  These are websites that will help us all get the word out about our events!   



09-14-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting
09-28-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS “Fun Meeting”


10-12-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting – Kurt Reisweber Presentation
10-(20-23)-16 NMRA-Mid East Region "Tracks to Triangle" (Durham, NC)


11-06-16: {Sunday} 39th. Annual Gaithersburg Railroad – Steamship – Transportation Artifact Show and Sale and it’s 11th. Annual Gaithersburg Model Train Show and Sale, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
11-09-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting – Wayland Moore Presentation
11-12-16 NMRA-James River Division TBA


12-03-16: {Saturday} BRC, NRHS Annual Christmas Banquet, Prior reservations required, social hour starts at 6:00 pm. with no alcoholic beverages, Buffet meal following. Slide or PowerPoint railroading presentation rounds out the evening. Former Southern Railway Station, the current Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce, 414 Washington Street, Altavista, Va. 24517 Directions:
12-14-16: {Wednesday} BRC, NRHS Regular Monthly Meeting
12-17-16: {Saturday} BRC, NRHS Kemper Street Station Holiday Gathering

“Lynchburg Rail Day 2016”, Saturday, August 13, 2016

Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS Website:

Rails to Trails: High Bridge Trail State Park:           

Historical USGS Topographical Maps: A great research tool for locating abandoned railroad lines, etc.

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation – Free Official State of Virginia Railroad Map, Write: 600 East Main Street, Richmond, Va. 23219 Phone: 804-786-4440  Website:|
Rail Cam Suggested Viewing by Lee Hawkins:  has been on my suggested list for some time but BRC member Lee Hawkins noticed that a new location has been added. Log on to will see the Thomasville, NC rail cam located in downtown Thomasville, NC right on the Southern {NS} mainline.    

Model Railroading:
High Bridge Railroad Club, Farmville, Va. Info:

Modern Day Railroading:
Norfolk Southern and CSX Locomotives – The Diesel Shop, NS and CSX Loco rosters with professional quality photographs. The NS site includes NS Heritage locomotives. &

“Fallen Flag” railroads of local interest:
NEWEST ADDITION: Nelson & Albemarle Railway Historical Society, www.nelson-albemarle-railway-org      
Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad, The old “fast and perfect” railroad that ran between Gretna and Rocky Mount, Va.:
Locomotive Search Tool And Railroad Photos Link:
Railroad Related Events Information: Visit: , , , ,, , , , ,     
Norfolk Southern/TVRM Steam Excursion Website: OR
Steam Train Events in the United States and Canada:
Steam Locomotive Locations:
Railroad Historical Information and Related Photos:
Railroad Photos:
Key Lock & Lantern Railroad History and Preservation Organization,
Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc. {RCAI},
Danville & Western Ry. Website: Railway operated in Southwestern Virginia between Danville and Stuart.
Trains & Travel International:    
Additional links to other NRHS Chapters, Railroad Historical Societies and Museums available
Virginia Museum Of Transportation Rail Cam:
Roanoke, Va. Rail Cam: {New 2016 Updated Address}