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January 17, 2020 Program

January Meeting to Feature Highlights from the Last 50 Years

This month’s meeting of the Central Coast Chapter, NRHS, will be held on Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society located in the Santa Clara Depot, 1005 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara. Everyone is invited to attend.

January's program will given by longtime club member Jon Porter. He will be showing highlights from the last 50 years of Bay Area railroading.

February 22, 2020 Annual Banquet

February's banquet will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Join us for dinner at the Caltrain Santa Clara depot, catered by Armadillo Willy’s and featuring BBQ chicken, beef brisket, ribs and salad. Also dinner rolls, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. The banquet will cost $40 per person and tickets can be ordered online at 

or by sending a check to Jon Porter along with the form below.

The evening’s program will be given by Ray Cosyn, an historian with the Saratoga Historical Foundation. He’ll be presenting the fascinating story of the Peninsular Railway, the 91-mile interurban that operated between San Jose, Los Gatos and Palo Alto from 1906 to 1934.
Note: There is no third Friday meeting in February.

Book Sale Update!

Central Coast received a donation of many railroad-related books from longtime member Conrad Gleason. The collection includes about 1000 hardcover books, and another 1000 in soft bindings. We will offer these for sale at the next several Chapter meetings. Since it is not practical to transport all of the books to the meetings, we will bring a small, random subset about 100 to each meeting.

Many of the books are listed online with prices at  We will update the list as time permits. If you wish to purchase any of these titles please send an email expressing the title or titles you wish to buy and the date you will be attending a meeting to:

Meeting Place and Time
(Santa Clara Depot 2/28/2008)
We meet each month at the historic Santa Clara CalTrain depot, 1005 Railroad Avenue, on the 3rd Friday of each month. Doors open at 7:00 and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30pm. Our monthly program starts after a short business meeting. Members and non-members are welcome! Want to do some railfanning prior to your visit? Checkout the Youtube video An An Afternoon In Santa Clara. filmed by member Ken Rattenne in June of 2016.

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