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20th Century Returns to the Rails
October 23, 2021 board an Amtrak Train at Union Station or in Joliet for a day at Springfield, Illinois. 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.
The Midwest Rail Rangers will provide trip narration of interesting historical and natural sights along the way.
September 25th's trip to Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana has sold out.
August's meeting featured long-time 20th Century member Mike Blaszak who spoke about "Works in Progress," focusing on travel and photography since his retirement in 2019, along with a look back to Mike's tenure as editor of the Fast Mail during the late 1970s for the Club's 50th Anniversary.
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
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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.
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