NWHS 2017 Convention - Strasburg, PA
This year's NWHS Convention will be held
Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15 in Strasburg, PA,
home of the Norfolk & Western 475, the only other operating N&W steam locomotive after 611.
Join us in Strasburg for a farewell visit with one of only two Class M locomotives remaining, and the only one under steam! The great Strasburg Railroad lovingly restored N&W Class M, No. 475 to operating condition some years back. The N&W 475 is going out of service for its federally mandated inspection after this season, and it may be some time before it returns to operation.
The Class Ms were famed in many roles on the N&W, originally mainline service, but as they were replaced by larger and larger power, the Ms came to serve what is unquestionably their best-known role that of branch line power. Most famously on the Abingdon Branch, the Class Ms was also used across the remainder of the N&W for local freight and branch service. Many, including 475 served almost to the end of steam. The 475 was decorated up as an earlier appearing locomotive for Roanoke’s 75th birthday celebration in 1957 and kept for historical display for several years.
In addition, there is no question of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s great influence on the N&W in the early part of the 20th Century. What better place to visit than the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania right across the street from Strasburg?
For those that have never been, Strasburg is a great tourist location, it is a true family vacation destination! Shopping, museums and great food make for a worthy trip for all. The best thing for members is the chance to socialize, renew old friendships and make new ones among the varied activities.
Watch this page for more information as we have it available.