National Railway Historical Society
Chapter Announcements & News

Monthly Meeting Announcement
January 20, 2023 Meeting
This month’s meeting of the Central Coast Chapter, NRHS, will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society located in the Santa Clara Depot, 1005 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clara. Everyone is invited to attend. 

After a short business meeting, member Ken Rattenne will be presenting the show that he presented at the SPH&TS Modesto convention in September. The program is titled Southern Pacific in the 1960s and showcases Jim Lekas' work. Lekas documented the SP during the late 1950s into the late 1960s. This HD version has been edited, coming at around 29 minutes. 

The show covers freight operations of the S.P in the San Joaquin valley including SP's diesel hydraulics. Also, many of the S.P. passenger trains operating in Northern California and beyond in the early 1960’s are covered including the Cascade, the Owl, the Sacramento Daylight, the San Joaquin Daylight, the Lark and the Coast Daylight among others. Highlights from the program appear in this month's FOO.

If you wish to view the meeting, including the monthly presentation, you may do so using Zoom. The link and parameters are below:
Meeting ID: 862 1489 9971 
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+14086380968,,86214899971# US (San Jose) 

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? 

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