Lehigh Valley Regional Train Show at Chrin Center September 24, See Events Page
The mission of Railroad Historians of the Lehigh Valley (RHLV) is to document and publicize, through publication, photography, and artifact preservation, the rich railroad and rail transit heritage of the region from its earliest beginnings to the present day. RHLV also acts for business and legal purposes as the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), and as such it is one of the Society's oldest chapters, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our efforts encompass the former anthracite carrying railroads such as Reading, Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, and Lehigh and New England; more recent operators in the region such as Conrail and Norfolk Southern; and interurban operators such as Lehigh Valley Transit, (Top of page photo by Randy Kulp.)
What we do
Members meet once a month to discuss the business of the chapter and to enjoy presentations on rail and transit history that are not limited to the Lehigh Valley region, Examples of the variety of recent topics include rail operations in Cuba, the handling of Michigan iron ore, and a pictorial history of the transit operations between Allentown and Reading. These meetings are supplemented by special social activities such as outings on area passenger short lines. We also engage in artifact preservation, including ownership and restoration of a 1922 Mack Model AB Motor Car, and participation in the acquisition and restoration of the only existing diesel locomotive once rostered by the Lehigh and New England - Alco S2 switcher number 611. Finally, we maintain a research archive of smaller artifacts, documents, photographs, and publications.
An example of a recent acquisition is an LNE facility flag for its Tadmor switching yard near Bath, shown being donated by Jake Stofko (right) to RHLV President Jim Rowland (photo by Kermit Geary, Jr.).