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Members visited the historic Potlatch, Idaho depot, once the headquarters of the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway, now renovated to serve the Potlatch community with retail space in the former agent’s office and a “small business incubator” in the upstairs. The blue car displayed outside the building is Bennett Lumber Products Company (BENX) Thrall-Door boxcar #182, owned by the WI&MRyHPG (last of a fleet Bennett operated in the 1970s and 80s). For more about the 2016 meeing, see Quarterly Newsletter and Previous Meetings, Photo by Tom Burg

R&LHS Adds Railroad Documentary Award

The award recognizes outstanding videos--hobbyist/student produced with no budget and professionally produced with a budget--released in the three years 2013 through 2015, that creatively and accurately educate viewers about North America's railroading history. The documentaries must be easy to follow, concise, and deliver a message that is clearly understood. In film, the scope/budget/parties involved have much more influence on the final product than a single photographer and the image. That is the reason for two categories. Members may send suggestions to the awards committee by September 15. Nominations are made by a subcommittee of the R&LHS awards committee.

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