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>>> Annual Meeting Registration Open <<<

>>> New Conquest III Book Now Available in Our Store <<<

An Important Reminder for the Annual Meeting

The people and companies who are providing goods and services for our annual meeting have cut-off dates in advance of our meeting dates by which we have to give them firm numbers for those goods and services. In addition, some of our events, such as the East Broad Top Photo Run-by Freight Train Tour, are filling up.

So, to be sure that you get to do the things you want to, we recommend that you register for the Annual Meeting by Monday, April 15th, if possible.

We look forward to seeing you in Altoona.

2024 Annual meeting Announcement

The PRRT&HS Altoona Works Chapter and the Board of Directors are excited to publish information about our upcoming annual meeting at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA on May 8-11. Online registration is now open. Members should be sure to log in to their online accounts prior to registering.


* East Broad Top – all day Thursday, featuring a steam excursion, shop tours, and Rockhill trolley museum access and ride. There will also be a very limited number of seats for a photo freight excursion. Buses will leave the convention center at 8 AM Thursday.

* Over 20 presentations Thursday through Saturday, each given twice.

* Open house at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum Saturday afternoon with an opportunity to examine PRR K4s 1361’s restoration up close, along with a mid-afternoon Barbecue dinner.

* Being Mother’s day weekend, the formal schedule will end at 6 PM so that those who want to get home Saturday night have the opportunity to do so. At the same time, the museum yard will be open until 10 PM to socialize and rail fan the PRR’s main line in modern action.

Important Annual Meeting Notices

* IMPORTANT: We have discovered that some nearby college graduations the same weekend may make booking a hotel room a challenge. While we have reserved room blocks totaling 210 rooms across 5 different hotels, that may not be enough for the society and our guests. You may want to book your hotel room soon!

* Please spread the word! Even after 3 years of operation of our new membership system, only about 75% of our members have provided us with a valid e-mail address. (We DO NOT share our e-mail list with anyone else.) If you know a member that is not receiving e-mails from us, but is interested in attending the Annual meeting, and taking the EBT steam excursion, you may want to help them get on-line so they can register on-line in case the EBT excursion sells out within a few days.

* You may not get a registration package in the mail! Printing and postage costs continue to increase. If you transacted with the society on-line (previous AM registration or membership renewal), then you will only receive an e-mail when registration opens and you will not receive a registration package in the mail.

Meeting information


Restoration of PRR K4s 1361

The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum is undertaking a very extensive and professional restoration of 1361 that will ensure many years of operation. But the effort is not inexpensive. At the museum's open house on the last day of the Annual Meeting you will be able to examine the new firebox under construction, using previous donations from the society and our members. Please give serious consideration to including a donation to the restoration when you register for our meeting. 100% of your donation will go to 1361’s restoration.

Thank-you, Dave Evans, President PRRT&HS & the PRRT&HS Directors

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New Book for Sale!

Conquest III

by Rick Tipton and David P. Oroszi, 2023

Continuing David Messer's highly-respected Conquest Series, authors Tipton and Oroszi chronicle PRR's Ohio Panhandle Lines, Pittsburgh - Dennison and Branches, Uhrichsville to E. Columbus, the Zanesville Branch, Columbus & Xenia Bradford Line, and Bradford to New Paris.

This 515-page hardbound book, Smyth sewn, contains 980 illustrations, some in color. A mating CD offers 42 large scale maps in PDF format.

Member Price - $119

Non-member Price - $139

Plus Shipping and Handling

Available now in our on-line store!

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Winter Issue of The Keystone Modeler Published

The Winter 2024 issue of TKM has been published. You can find it here.

See the excellent work that Tim Garner has done so far on his model of the impressive PRR Baltimore Station in Part 2 of his saga. Several interesting product reviews as well.

If you have an interesting, fun or challenging PRR-themed modeling project going on, or recently completed one, and would like to share it with our readers, give some thought to taking some pictures of it and writing it up. You can find out how to submit articles for publication on page 2 of the TKM.


Winter 2023 The Keystone In the Mail

The Winter 2023, volume 56 number 4, is in the mail. Be looking for it. You can go here to see the Table of Contents.

2021 - 2022 Keystones In Store Now

The 2021 and 2022 issues of our quarterly publication The Keystone are now available in our Store. Cost is $15 each to the public or $12 each to our members. To get to the store, click on "Store" in our menu above or click here. Members must be logged into the website in order to get the member price.

To Our Members:

> By logging in and providing your e-mail address, we will be better able to communicate with you in the future.

>You will need to Log-In to your account to get member discounts in our new Store

To the Public:

> If you are not a member of PRRT&HS, our legacy web site is still up and running at We are working to move all of that web site over to this new, public web site.

> If you wish to join our society, please click on the "Join Us" menu selection at the top of this page..

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The Society's mission is to further scholarly learning and interest in the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and its predecessor companies by stimulating and encouraging the collecting, researching, recording and preserving of all technical, historical and practical information concerning the PRR and to make this information available to interested persons. And to further the accurate modeling of the PRR so that future generations may better appreciate and understand the company.

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