2017 Railroad Station Historical Society Convention

Sunday-Thursday, June 25-29, 2017

The Depots of the Delaware and Hudson River Valleys

Depot fans are familiar with the Delaware and Hudson Railroad built by the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company. As its name implies the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company originally built a canal to carry Pennsylvania coal to New York City markets. Unlike the D&H RR the canal traveled northeast from Honesdale in northeastern Pennsylvania in the valleys between the Delaware and Hudson valleys-- hence the name-- to a port on the Hudson River in Kingston, NY, some 90 miles north of New York City. Participants in the Railroad Station Historical Society convention will explore the valleys and mountains between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers of southeastern New York.  This area encompasses the Catskill Mountains, the "Borchst Belt" of New York State, and some of the largest apple and onion producing areas of the U.S.

The five days of tours will cover the valleys of the Delaware and Hudson Rivers, encompassing depots of  the New York Ontario and Western, Ulster & Delaware, Erie, Delaware & Northern, Central New England, West Shore, Lehigh & Hudson River, and the New York Central Railroad.  One of the days will involve a brief foray into New Jersey to cover a few Erie and New York, Susquehanna & Western depot gems.

The tour will also include visits to two renowned railroad bridges--locally famous Moodna Viaduct and the world famous Poughkeepsie Bridge.  Moodna is considered the longest and highest railroad trestle east of the Mississippi.  It still hosts freights and NJT/MNRR commuter trains.  The schedule will be timed to hopefully allow us to see a commuter train on the bridge. Our visit to the Poughkeepsie briudge will provide an opportunity for riders to walk across the bridge while the bus continues on to the other side.

Our  tour base will be the Microtel Inn & Suites, 19 Crystal Crossing Run Rd., Middletown, NY. Located just off I-84 and NY 17 (future I-86), the motel is very close to the present day NJT/Metro-North train station for Middletown.

Room Rates for the Microtel are as follows:

Double (1-4 guests): 2 queen beds - $89

Suite (1-4 guests): 1 queen bed and 1 pullout sofa, built-in microwave and refrigerator - $89

To make a reservation call the motel at 845-692-0098 and mention RSHS.  Reservations using the group rates can be made up until May 20, 2017.

For those arriving by air a few options exist. Newburgh, NY is 18 miles east of Middletown on I-84.  In Newburgh is Stewart International Airport (code SWF) served by Allegiant, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Delta Connection.  Allegiant and JetBlue serve Florida, American offers non-stop service to Philadelphia, and Delta Connection offers non-stop service to Detroit.

Another option is Newark Liberty International Airport (code EWR) in Newark, NJ offering numerous airlines to many destinations.  Middletown is approximately 80 miles north of Newark.  However, this option allows a fairly easy air/rail option to Middletown.  From the Newark  airport terminal take the AirTrain to the Newark Liberty Airport Station. The Nedwark Liberty Airport Station is on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and is served by Amtrak and NJ Transit. From the Newark Liberty Airport Station, take a NJ Transit train eastbound to Secaucus Junction Station, a 15 minute ride, and transfer to a Port Jervis-bound train to Middletown, NY.  From Secaucus the ride to Middletown is typically around 90 minutes.  Along the way you will have a preview of several depots we will be visiting and you will cross the Moodna Viaduct several miles before arriving in Middletown.

Amtrak riders from almost anywhere on Amtrak's system can access either New York Penn Station or Newark's Penn Station.  From either station NJ Transit trains offer a short ride to Secaucus Junction and a transfer to a Middletown-bound train.

 

      

 

Convention Registration Form

Name (s):                                                                   Badge Name(s):

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:________________________________________________________________

Telephone number:_(_____)______________E-mail address:___________________________

The registration book, five days of tours, the banquet  are included in the 5-day registration fee. Tour books and schedules will be available in the hotel lobby area after 3 PM on Saturday, June 24..  Our banquet is on Wednesday night, June 28th .

                        Before June 1, 2017                                    After June 1, 2017                                Total

Member registrations ____X $280                                                 ____X $292                                  ____

Non-member registrations ___ X $295                                          ____ X $305                                 ____

    

Partial registration includes 1 or more days of motor coach tours . A tour book is available to all partial participants for $20. If you would like to attend the banquet include the cost of the meal in the total cost of your registration. Please indicate number of registrations on each line.

                                                                                     Member                      Non-Member                     Total                                                                           

Numbers of separate days attending                    _____$52                      _____$55                      ______

Separate Days & Spouses:

Banquet:           ___ X $30                                                                                                                       ______

Meeting Book: ___ X $20                                                                                                                        ______

Total Cost of Meeting:                                                                                                                           ______      

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Make your check out to  Railroad Station Historical Society.  Send your completed form with payment to: Jim Dent, Railroad Station Historical Society, 26 Thackeray Road, Oakland, NJ 07436-3312 If you have any questions on the motel reservation, meeting or registration form contact Jim Dent  at 973-868-2283 or jdent1@optonline.net

Non-alcoholic drink suggestions for the tours.  Mark your choices with a one for your first choice and with a two for your second choice:   ญญ__Water __ Cola __ Diet Cola __ Lemon-Lime __ Root Beer __ Diet Root Beer __ Diet Green Tea__ Pepsi __ Diet Pepsi__ Other, what kind? ___________________ 

 

I have special/disability needs (please describe) ___________________________________

How do you plan on getting to Middletown?   Car___ Airplane Newburgh___ NJ Transit Train___

 

 

 

Railroad Station Historical Society Conventions

Year

Location

Host(s)

Dates

Notes

# Attendees

1971

St. Louis

Shacklette

July 24-25

 

7

1972

Pittsburgh

Koval/ Weber

June 24-25

 

6

1973

Toronto

Ehrke

Sept. 8

 

10

1974

Chicago

Koval

Aug. 17

1st slide show

7

1975

Philadelphia

Harwood

June 14

1st to use a bus(schoolbus)

35

1976

none

 

 

 

 

1977

Cincinnati

Shacklette/ Flinchpaugh

June 10-11

 

12

1978

Chicago

Koval

June 10-11

 

8

1979

none

 

 

 

 

1980

none

 

 

 

 

1981

Windsor, ON

Knudson/

Seestedt/Weible

June 6-7

1st Banquet

10

1982

Kansas City

Koval/Hannah/

Shacklette

June 5

 

21

1983

Baltimore

Harwood

June 11

 

approx. 10

1984

Minneapolis

Hannah

June 16-17

 

approx. 12-14

1985

Buffalo

Rothenmeyer

June 15-16

 

30

1986

Galesburg

Hannah

June 14-15

 

15

1987

Boston

Parmenter/

Goodwin/

Hodge/Kierstad

June 13-14

 

32

1988

Toledo

Camp

June 18-19

 

30

1989

Richmond, VA

Traser/Mantey

June 3-4

 

21

1990

Springfield, IL

Hannah

May 19-20

 

28

1991

Grand Rapids

Rothwell

May 18-19

 

28

1992

Toronto

Savage

June 5-7

 

31

1993

New Stanton, PA

Ballash/Kevern/

Waugh

June 5-6

 

37

1994

Wilkes-Barre

Baker/Baker

June 4-5

 

42

1995

Cedar Rapids

Koval

June 3-4

 

25

1996

Ft. Worth-

Dallas

Hannah

May 10-12

 

23

1997

Dayton

Kolb Family

June 7-9

 

32

1998

Newark, NJ

Garon/Garon

June 6-8

 

36

1999

Elkhart

Koval/Davis

June 4-6

 

38

2000

Rochester, NY

Rapp

June 3-4

 

29

2001

Raleigh

Peterson

June 1-3

 

44

2002

San Antonio

Langhart/Harris

Oct. 11-14

 

24

2003

Portland, ME

Bachelder

June 6-9

First four days of bus trips

26

2004

Saginaw

Seward

June 4-6

 

32

2005

Altoona

Ballash

June 3-6

Three days of bus trips

34

2006

Helena, Montana

Peterson

June 9-11

Three days of bus trips, first extension tour

33

2007

Cleveland

Camp

June 1-4

Three days of bus trips

41

2008

Charleston, SC

Xakellis

May 16-19

Three days of bus trips

25

2009

Topeka, Kansas

The Stahl's

June 3-6

Three days of bus trips, first Wed-Sat. meeting

31

2010

Central and Western Carolinas

Peterson/Shulby

June16-19

Three days of bus trips, pre-convention extension tour, June 14-15

29

2011

Oklahoma City

Nevins/Xakellis

June 8-11

Four days of bus trips

31

2012

Baltimore, MD

Kelling

June 6-9

Four days of bus trips

34

2013

Providence, RI

Wickersham/Xakellis

June 5-8

Four days of bus trips

31

2014

Spokane/Seattle

High

July 13-19

 Linear bus tour

32

2015

Harrisburg, PA

Kelling

 June 3-6

 Four days of bus tours

37

2016

Omaha-Council Bluffs

 White/Hannah/Vana

 June 7-11

 Five days of bus tours

 

 

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