The Chicago Terminal Chapter of the PRRT&HS will hold its next meeting on Saturday, April 12 between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago Illinois.
The presentation will focus on PRR operations through Wanatah, Indiana in 1944. The town may be a sleepy village today, but back then the nation’s railroads were going all out to meet the demands of World War II, and PRR’s Ft. Wayne Division was no exception. Based in part on train sheets from ON tower in Wanatah for March 1944, Chicago Terminal Chapter member George Pierson will give an in-depth look (with numerous photos) into what train operations were like through Wanatah, a brief history of Wanatah and the PRR, and an analysis of engine use, train dispatching, and special train movements on the Ft. Wayne Division. During this one-month period, the PRR ran 197 different engines of 11 different classes (including one diesel, the S1, and one of the T1’s!) by ON tower. This included over 50 symbol freights and 39 different first class trains, plus a number of special moves like troop trains.
While desirable, membership in the PRRT&HS is not required for attendance at our local meetings. Moreover, while donations are always welcome, there is no admission charge, nor any “arm-twisting” for a donation. Typical attendees consist of a mixture of ex-railroaders, model railroaders, and those interested in the operation and history of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Anyone interested in learning about the Pennsylvania Railroad is invited to attend.
President, Chicago Terminal Chapter,