June 2020 from
Jerry Pyfer

The Chapter has received our 50th anniversary certificate from the National Railway Historical Society. Thank you to all those fellows and ladies instrumental in getting the North Western Illinois Chapter up and going half a century ago. Another thank you to all of your dedication in maintaining our status as an NRHS chapter for 50 years.

Over the last few years, three chapter members have been honored with their 50 year membership pins and personal certificates. This year we will have a couple more in line for such an honor as well.

Currently, we are in a wait and see situation as to whether the annual picnic is cleared to go or will stay in the roundhouse.

I want to thank Jon Schwartz
for sending a bundle of old newspaper clippings featuring railroad news and stories from years past. We will be using many of the old stories that contain NWI area as well as national news, in future editions of the NWL. …Jerry Pyfer

NWI Golden Anniversary Pins

The NWI Chapter has a limited supply of
“Railph” lapel pins for $5.00 each available now. They will be on sale at Chapter meetings and events. If it is difficult to attend a Chapter meeting, you can order them via the Chapter P.O. Box for $5.00 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling. Make your check out to the NWI Chapter.

My Book Update

This next is a shameless plug for my book Milwaukee Road - Tales of the Racine & Southwestern which came out a year ago April.

First, I thank the many who have purchased a copy. I now have a desire to get another book published, either: Milwaukee Road - The Rest of the Story which will complete the first book with many leftover stories, photographs and what these lines look like today or Illinois Central Gulf - Freeport and Amboy Districts which will be my time on the ICG from 1978 to 1982 and thru today. These books would be done with the same layout design as Tales.

To do so will require the sales of a few more Tales books first. Thus, I am now offering the Tales book for $40 plus $5.00 for postage if you would like it mailed to you.

Railfanning is…spotting the Milwaukee Road boxcar in the 1978 movie “Grease” starring Olivia Newton John and John Trivolta and filmed in Los Angeles.

For more information about the Chapter, see Meetings and Join.

Chapter address

North Western Illinois Chapter - NRHS
P.O. Box 5632
Rockford, IL 61125-0632