Wisconsin Chapter, National Railway Historical Society
Wisconsin NRHS is a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
The NRHS was founded in 1935 by a group of rail historians. It has since grown from 40 founding members to include thousands of men and women of all ages and professions in every state and many foreign countries, making it the nation's largest rail preservation and historical society. More information about NRHS may be found at www.nrhs.com.
The Wisconsin Chapter was founded in 1950. Our purpose is to gather, preserve and disseminate information, both historic and current, pertaining to railroading in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.
The chapter holds membership meetings on the the first Friday evening of the month (excepting May, July and August) in Fox Point, just north of Milwaukee. Meeting programs are presented by leading local railroad historians, photographers, enthusiasts, and people involved with the railroad industry. Meetings are always open to the public, and no admission fee is charged. Click the "Meetings" menu for details on our next meeting.
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Chapter members tour Talgo
On Saturday, May 18, 2019, about 20 chapter members toured the Talgo manufacturing facility in Milwaukee. This building had been renovated in 2010 for Talgo to construct four Series 8 trainsets (two for Oregon, and two for Wisconsin), and it's been more-or-less vacant since those trainsets shipped about five years ago. Talgo has won two significant contracts to rebuild railcars: the first contract, for Los Angeles Metro, entails work on 74 Breda A650 Red/Purple Line cars built in the 1990s. That work is being performed now, with the first married pair scheduled to be shipped back to LA in August. In this photo, our group stands next to one of the A650 cars. (The second major contract, to rebuild bilevel commuter coaches for Metrolink, will begin later this year.) Attendees appreciated Talgo's hospitality!