About Our Chapter

Harrisburg Chapter has been preserving railroad heritage for more than 50 years. The Chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday, except July and August when it hosts a Chapter picnic at Harris Tower and other outdoor events. The Chapter owns and operates Harris Switch Tower Museum, a restored 1930 PRR interlocking tower which once controlled all Harrisburg Passenger Station traffic to and from the west. The Chapter is the new steward of the ex-PRR Harrisburg power director’s office (PDO), which controlled the power distribution to the PRR’s electrified regions east of Harrisburg. The Chapter also owns GG1 No. 4859 and a vintage PRR wooden cabin car, both on display at the Harrisburg Amtrak Station. The popular Annual Railroadiana Show held in March is well-attended by members and the public. Visitors are always welcome at meetings and encouraged to visit the Chapter website.

Chapter Number: C045
District: D2
Year Established: 1959
Mailing Address:

Harrisburg Chapter NRHS
637 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1924

Phone: (717) 232-6221


Publication Name: Harrisburg Rail Review


President: John W. Smith
Vice President: Daniel A. Nettling
Secretary: Eric Ohstrom
Treasurer: Dick Crow
Editor: Fred Wertz
Historian: Fred Wertz
National Representative: Patti Webb
Membership Chair: Fred Wertz

Meeting Information

Meeting Schedule: 2nd Tues 6:30pm (ex Jul, Aug)
Meeting Address:

Hoss’s Steak and Sea House
61 Gettysburg Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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