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The Northwestern Pacific Railroad History Symposium (NWPRRHS) program has moved to the Elks Club in San Rafael. The address is 1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA.

The next program will be on Thursday October 11, 2018

The quarterly NWPRRHS program will be held in the CARRIAGE HOUSE at the Elk's Club.
This is the building near the parking lot at the top of the hill.

Getting to School by Train

A Unique Membership Program hosted by Stuart Swiedler

Whether preconceived or by chance, images of electric trains taken by railfans near schools in the Bay Area captured an experience and different way of life unique to the first half of the 20th century.

Creator of the photo archeology-based eastbayhillsproject.org website and Bay Area Electric Railway Association member Stuart Swiedler will present an exciting program entitled "How We Got to School by Electrics in the Bay Area". The talk will provide rare images and personal accounts of the use of electric railways and street cars to get teenagers to high school during the Golden Age of electric railways in the SF Bay Area.

In addition, a brief extra-special electric railways presentation entitled "Wye San Anselmo?" will be offered, based on the impact made on the presenter after two decades of weekend trips traveling between Oakland to Woodacre in Marin County.

The Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society will also have an assortment of treasures (DVDs, caps, shirts, mugs and maps) available for sale.

Doors open at 7:30 pm., with the program starting at 8. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge, although we are asking for a $5.00 donation to cover the rental costs. There is parking in back of the building.


The next program will be on Monday October 22, 2018

Tonight's program will feature Bob Battles sharing his research on the history and technology of the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad. Bob has operated electric trolleys and does research and data entry at the Archive in Petaluma.

The program is free to the public so bring a friend to Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Ave, Santa Rosa.

Parking in the rear of the building.

Take 101 to the College Avenue exit. Turn west onto College Avenue. Monroe Hall is on the left just past the Safeway Store.

For further information please contact Charlie Siebenthal at 707-838-8882 or vandtrr@cs.com

Please mark this date on your calendars.

Doors open at 7:30 pm., with the program starting at 8. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge, although donations to cover the cost of renting Monroe Hall are welcome.

If you wish to receive an email reminder of each program please send an email entitled "WN list" to Charlie Siebenthal at vandtrr@cs.com your email address will be held confidential.

NWPRRHS Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday October 27, 2018

Meeting will be held at the Archive, 1364 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Start time is 10:00 am.

Restoration and Archive Work Schedule

Follow this link to see the work schedule for 2018.


The Archive holds regular work sessions on Thursdays from 10am-4pm. We are located at 1364 No McDowell Blvd in Petaluma.

Also the NWPRRHS Archive/Library is open on the First Saturday of each Month from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

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and was last updated on September 24, 2018

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