‘Pacific Big Boy’ program featured at National Railway Historical Society meeting

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NEW HARTFORD — Wayne Freed will help ring in 2020 with a program on the Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 and Union Pacific 844 for the January meeting of the Utica and Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society Friday, Jan. 10.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, located at the corner of French and Burrstone roads.

There will be a business portion of the meeting conducted by President Harry Lenz, with reports on the Toy Trail Collectors’ Society Train Show at Utica’s Union Station, the Amherst Railway Society’s annual train show in Springfield, Mass., the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, repair of the New York Central Steam Switcher 6721, and possible Amtrak and bus trips for the coming year.

After the break, Freed will host a program about the 2019 National Railway Historical Society Convention held in Salt Lake City, Utah in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Point.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in railroads and railroad history. Guests of chapter NRHS members may attend, as well as active and retired railroad personnel.

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