The 20th Century Rail Road Club announces that our “Trip Train” is leaving the station.  Get on board with 2 one-day trips this fall. Save these dates:

September 25, 2021 from Chicago Union Station via Amtrak to Niles, MI (departing at 7:05 am - note revised time) then by motorcoach to the National New York Central Museum in Elkhart, Indiana for a tour and box lunch. After the tour, the motorcoach will return you to South Bend where you will have the opportunity to visit the Studebaker National Museum.

Your trip back to Chicago will be on the iconic South Shore Line to Chicago Millennium Station arriving by 8:00 p.m.

October 23, 2021 board an Amtrak Train at Union Station or in Joliet (Depart Chicago at 7am) for a day at Springfield IL. You can visit the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and The Old State House. Enjoy a leisurely lunch or snack and return by Amtrak, Leaving at 4:56 pm and return to Chicago at 8:40 pm.

The Midwest Rail Rangers will provide trip narration of interesting historical and natural sights along the way on both trips.

Fares and reservation information will be announced soon so be sure to check back for more information or contact our club at info@20thcentury.org to be placed on our trip mailing list

Thanks to all who were with us during our July 2021 virtual Zoom meeting of Wednesday 7/14/2021.

Amtrak veteran Christopher Jagodzinski took us along the Northeast Corridor and discussed Amtrak's new Acela fleet and exciting new service improvements in the Midwest. 

Our next virtual Zoom meeting is set for Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Watch this space for further details.

April  Zoom meeting recording now available

20th Century's April Zoom meeting features the history of Pennsylvania inter-urban line Lehigh Valley Transit. The recording of the April 14 presentation by John Nicholson of the Central Electric Railfans' Association runs just about an hour long. 

Click on the below link to watch: 


March Zoom meeting recording now available

20th Century Railroad Club's inaugural Zoom presentation of Wednesday March 10, 2021 featured Dan Bartlett of the Elmhurst History Museum taking us on a history trip on the Galena Chicago Union Railroad.

Dan talked about the earliest history of the Galena Chicago Union Railroad through the western suburbs, its operations, and how the coming of that first rail line from Chicago affected the communities along its path.

The recording of the meeting is available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrzlRoWzpFQ

The Midwest Rail Rangers and the 20th Century Railroad Club "virtual" educational program regarding La Plata, MO and related railfan things of interest remains available. Use this link to view the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WulTvv4fiMc 

If you're a railfan with an inclination towards writing or editing we can use the help with The Fast Mail. Contact us and let us know how you can help.

The former Midwest High Speed Rail Association is now the High Speed Rail Alliance, with the website being https://www.hsrail.org. The snail mail address is 4765 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625; the phone number (773) 334-6758. There’s a petition available on the website seeking signatures to send to Congress to support high speed rail service in America. 

Your Club needs Board and Committee members to help make things happen. You can help as a committee member with such things as trip planning, meeting planning and Fast Mail production. Please contact our office by email at board@20thcentury.org or phone us at 312-829-4500.

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