Whether youíre a history buff, a locomotive fan, or simply like trains, youíll find plenty to enjoy with those who share your interest at the Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS). With members located throughout Alabama and surrounding states, the Mid-South Chapter provides a gathering place for railroad enthusiasts of all persuasions. Bimonthly meetings feature presentations by noted authorities on both historical and contemporary railroading. Members are also provided opportunities to work on ongoing railroad-related preservation projects.
Established in 2008 as the only regional chapter of the R&LHS serving the middle Southern states, the Mid-South Chapter is situated in one of the most historic railroad locales in the country. No fewer than eight Class I and numerous industrial railroads once served the bustling Birmingham District, and today successor Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads continue to have a vibrant presence throughout the region.
The Mid-South Chapter is headquartered in the former Southern Railway depot at Leeds, Alabama, located 10 miles east of Birmingham at the crossing of the Norfolk Southernís busy main lines to Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. Meetings are held quarterly with ongoing projects and special "members-only" events offered throughout the year.
Come and join with others who share a passion for trains and railroad history, as we develop a first-class educational exhibit highlighting the colorful railroad legacy of Leeds and the Birmingham railroad district. Membership benefits include informative programs presented by rail historians and subject-matter experts, subscription to the quarterly newsletter The Mid-South Flyer, and opportunities for group outings to historical railroad sites.
Annual membership dues are $50 ($15 chapter and $35 national). An on-line application is available on the R&LHS website at https://www.ribbonrail.com/RLHS/.
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