2024 Annual Meeting Pre-announcement
The 2024 PRRT&HS Annual Meeting will be held from May 8, 2024 to May 11, 2024 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA.
You may notice that Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 12th, and so, to allow our members time to get home in order to spend that day with their families, our schedule will be a bit compressed this year, wrapping up with a barbecue picnic late Saturday afternoon at the Railroaders Memorial Museum in place of our normal Saturday night banquet. Also, Sunday's traditional layout visits will be moved to Friday night.
Thursday's featured optional tour this year is exciting. We will be visiting the East Broad Top Railroad, including a tour of their shop and facilities, the trolley museum, and an hour-long ride on their narrow gauge railroad, pulled by their #16, a 1916 Baldwin 2-8-2 Mikado. There will also be an optional ride on their freight train, complete with dedicated photo run-bys. Buses leave the convention center at 8 AM, so unless you are local, you will probably want to stay in the area Wednesday night.
For those who are not aware, the East Broad Top was originally constructed in 1872 and is the oldest and only surviving 3-foot narrow gauge common carrier railroad that still exists east of the Rockies. Their World-reknown steam locomotive shop provides restoration and operations support for this wonderful steam railroad.
There will be an alternate tour Friday for those who may have other interests and last year's popular jewelry program will be repeated this year, too.
There are two dozen presentations lined up, with most of them having two separate times. It's a great collection of subjects, too. Details and schedules will be forthcoming.
All of this is in addition to our normal annual membership meeting, model room, vendor room and opportunity to get caught up again with good friends face-to-face with a handshake.
Final details are currently being worked out and you can expect information on hotels and registration soon, so come back here to the website frequently to be among the first to get them.
We look forward to seeing you in Altoona.