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RECENT PROGRAMS

2017


FEBRUARY


Mike Vitiello showed a Gary Grahl DVD of the LIRR in Suffolk County from the early 70s through today.


JANUARY


Frank DiLorenzo, a retired Metro North manager, presented the Mt. Beacon Incline.


2016


DECEMBER


A recently released DVD on the 20th Century Limited was shown.


NOVEMBER


Al Roberts presented Super 8 movies.


OCTOBER

Treasurer Steve Kalka presents photos from the following trips: 1) NYRRE 2008 Boston, 2) NYRRE 2007 Maine, 3) Overnight ride on Via’s Ocean from Montreal to Halifax in October 2015, 4) NYRRE 2006 Berkshire and 5) NYRRE 2009 Adirondack Scenic Railroad including boat ride on the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

SEPTEMBER

Gary Grahl and Rick Carbone presented Super 8 movies:

  1. Kingston NY – The tourist railroads that operate on the former NYC Ulster & Delaware RR – The Trolley Museum of New York the newly-restored Catskill Mountain Railroad (Kingston and Phoenicia segments) and the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (Arkville).

  2. Connecticut – The Hartford Line, a new CTDOT commuter line being built on Amtrak's Springfield line – a work in progress!

  3. Westchester County – Metro-North's ex-NYC Harlem Line north of the Bronx Border.

  4. Colorado rail – Piles Peak, Denver's Ski Train (Moffat Tunnel), Royal Gorge, Leadville RR, trolleys in Fort Collins, Platte Valley and Colorado Springs, Golden RR Museum & Amtrak.

JUNE

The program was a look at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad from Denver to Salt Lake City as operated by the Southern Pacific and the Union Pacific railroads from 1996-2000.


MAY

Gary Grahl’s program was Super-8 color movies featuring Pennsylvania's Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, Connecticut's former New Haven RR Waterbury Branch and the Naugatuck RR; as well as action on the Staten Island Railway, AMTRAK Northeast Corridor and Washington, D.C. Streetcars.


APRIL

Our senior Cinematographer, Mr. Allan Roberts, presented the very best in capturing urban and high-iron NYRRE railfanning. In today's world, the eyewitness accounts of Steam in action captured on Super-8 color film with sound is a novelty.

MARCH

The program, presented by Mr. Mitchell Dakelman, was 16mm movie films featuring the Chicago North Shore Line in the 1950s, Norfolk and Western steam action, Elizabethan Express (United Kingdom) and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

FEBRUARY

Peter Erhlich presented a digital slide show featuring San Francisco’s Muni F line and cable cars, followed by the LYNX light rail system of Charlotte, North Carolina

JANUARY

Richard Taylor presented a digital slide-show featuring his recent trip to Germany and Austria and its various railroads (including steam) and transit systems.

2015

DECEMBER

After the annual business meeting, a George Meyer DVD on the Pennsylvania Railroad of the 1940s through 1960s was shown.

NOVEMBER

Sheldon Fosburg presented a VHS tape of the railroads of Holland. Our audience also enjoyed a rare VHS presentation from the films of the late Adrian Ettlinger on the New Haven Railroad entitled “End of the Line” taken in 1946.

OCTOBER

Steve Kalka narrated a digital presentation of slides from a wide variety of railroad activities with the Electric Railroader’s Association to New York’s Southern Tier and our organization’s trip to Steamtown.

SEPTEMBER

Gary Gahl presented films about railroads in the New York metropolitan area.



JUNE

The program was a slide presentation by Mr. George Chiasson covering the pre-Hurricane Katrina action of freight and passenger trains on the CSX between New Orleans, LA and Jacksonville, FL.

MAY

Gary Grahl presented a Super-8 color movie presentation which included Amtrak in the Bronx, rail systems in Atlanta, Georgia, Pennsylvania tourist railroads.

APRIL

Steve Kalka gave a digital-slide presentation of Toronto and Montreal in Canada and New Hampshire, Chicago and Philadelphia in the United States.

MARCH

The program was "16mm Film Night." Mitchell Dakelman presented films from the collection of the late Benjamin T. Young and featured a sound-film of the Canadian National Railway from 1955.

FEBRUARY

The program, by Ms. Cora Sowa, featured a digital presentation on the Alaska Railroad.

JANUARY

Our January meeting featuring, Mr. Richard Taylor, played to a “packed house” as we enjoyed a “postcard quality” digital presentation of the railway system of the Isle of Man. It was one of the finest photo programs ever presented at our club.

2014

DECEMBER

In addition to the annual Holiday Party, the entertainment was a video entitled "Grand Central Terminal – An American Treasure."

NOVEMBER

Our president, Al Roberts presented a Super-8 sound film show of some variety entitled "Trains, Planes and Steamboats." It included Canadian National 4-8-4 6218 performing on her final winter runs on snowy weekends in February of 1970 out of Montreal and March of 1971 out of Toronto. Next, in more pleasant weather, we travelled the beautiful Hudson aboard the mighty 1924-built side-wheel steamboat "Alexander Hamilton" to Poughkeepsie. The last leg was aboard a 1928 Ford Tri-motor airplane -- out of Port Clinton, Ohio to small islands in Lake Erie in 1975.

OCTOBER

Gary Grahl presented a Super-8 film program entitled "Summertime Railfanning in Northern New England" featuring action on Amtrak, New England Central, Green Mountain Railway, Vermont Railway, Conway Scenic Railway, and the Mount Washington Cog Railway (under steam) as well as several other tourist lines.

SEPTEMBER

The program, presented by Mr. Stuart Werner, featured the railroads of Israel as seen during the National Railway Historical Society's three-day tour in 2011.

JUNE

Veteran rail photographer and film collector Mitch Dakelman featured "The Coming of the Streamliners" (1930s-1940s) in 16mm film and slides.

MAY

Mr. Paul Gawkawski presented operations on the Cumbres & Toltec and the Durango & Silverton railroads in Colorado as well as a trip to China to ride the Beijing High Speed Rail System. Also included was a Peruvian visit to Machu Pichu, the lost city of the Incas.

APRIL

President Al Roberts featured a selection of silent Super-8 films showing an Electric Railroaders' Association fantrip as well as some action on the Hell Gate Bridge featuring EP-5 "Jets" and EF-4 freighters. The New York Central Railroad's Hudson Division was also on display with E-8 diesels and the Golden Spike Ltd. pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 #759.

MARCH

Mr. Richard Taylor presented a narrated slide program on his 1999 visit to Switzerland where he toured several meter-gauged railways including the 239-mile long Rheattan Railway which runs through eighty-four tunnels on its route to Tirano, Italy.

FEBRUARY

On February 28th, well-known travelling book author and expert photographer, Karl R. Zimmermann treated us to a colorful tour, behind steam, through the "wilds" of Colorado.


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