The Kansas City Chapter

of the National Railway Historical Society was chartered in 1949 as the first chapter west of the state of Ohio. Because of this, it is known as the “Pioneer Chapter of the West”. Since the first 10 charter members it has grown to over 100 members. The first Tri-Chapter meetings began in the early 1950’s. The Topeka and Wichita Chapters rotate as hosts. In recent years the Arkansas-Boston Mountains Chapter has joined and so it has become a Quad-Chapter meeting. In 1999 a celebration was held for the Kansas City Chapter's 50th Anniversary with a banquet at the Kansas City Union Station.


Kansas City Union StationPicture taken by Roy Inman - official photographer for Union Station

  Regular Chapter meetings are held at 7:00pm on the fourth Friday of each month (except August, November and December). Meetings are held in the Town Hall room on the lower (track) level of Kansas City’s Union Station. After a short business session, there is a program of slides, movies, or presentations by members or invited guests. Other activities include an annual picnic, banquet, train rides and field trips to various rail facilities. Sometimes we locate abandoned railroad rights-of-way within driving distance of the Kansas City metro area. Our chapter officers are elected annually.


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Last updated: 4/2/2010