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Happy New Year! 

We hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday time, whatever holiday you celebrate. May the coming year bring better times, more trips and events. If you're not on our email list please provide your address so we may keep you informed on upcoming trips, meetings and events. Better yet, join the Club and participate in making things happen.  

At 7 p.m. (CST), Nov. 10, 2021 renowned author and historian Bruce Moffat hosted a program on Chicago's abandoned freight tunnels operated by the Chicago Tunnel Company from 1906 to 1959, plus some post-abandonment coverage.

Log on and listen from the comfort of your own home to one of the foremost experts on the fascinating subject.

Join us on Zoom:


Meeting ID: 846 5727 9237
Passcode: 267000

September Zoom Recording now available!

Longtime rail advocate Andrew Selden shared his vision of an efficient, expanded intercity rail passenger service via the potential massive influx of federal funding from the recently passed infrastructure bill. Enjoy the recording of this Wednesday, Sept. 8 Zoom program that many thought was one of our best of the year.

Watch the recording:

20th Century's Return to the Rails

The 20th Century Rail Road Club hosted two rail trips in its return to the rails.

On October 23, we boarded an Amtrak Train starting at Chicago Union Station for a day at Springfield, Illinois.

On September 25, we took Amtrak's Wolverine service to Niles, Michigan, boarded a motorcoach to Elkhart, Indiana and the National New York Central Museum, then on to South Bend and the Studebaker Museum and home via the South Shore Line.

The Midwest Rail Rangers provided trip narration on both trips.

ZOOM Meetings

Our most recent Zoom program was held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. (CDT). 

Harvey Laner presented a beautiful and fascinating tour of a three-day trip to Empalme, Mexico to visit the massive NdeM's Pacifico shops.

The meeting was not recorded. But please keep an eye out here for news of upcoming Zoom programming.

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

Join our Zoom Meetings:


Meeting ID: 822 4076 5576
Passcode: 510783
Dial in: (312) 626-6799

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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All categories of membership include all members of your immediate family, plus 4 quarterly issues of "The Fast Mail." Contributing and "Century Club" members also receive a certificate of thanks and their names published in "The Fast Mail."
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