Chessie membership meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. in Building CC (next to Parking Lot 4), Room 212 of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland.
Our meetings feature a wide variety of rail topics, to include slide shows of current and long-gone railway operations, rail-oriented films, historical presentations on a particular railroad, as well as freight and passenger rail industry professionals. There's something for everyone and, as an added incentive, those who provide a presentation receive a free year's membership.
During the certain months of the year we take our meetings to other locations near railroads to "enjoy the ambiance."
Silver Spring B&O Station
Meetings in May through August take place at the beautifully restored Silver Spring B&O passenger station where the evening's presentations are augmented by the trains of MARC, CSX and Metro.
In September we forego the regular Wednesday meeting in favor of our annual weekend picnic at the Walkersville Community Park in Walkersville, Maryland, located alongside the Walkersville Southern Railroad. This is a joint Chessie-WS event at which we enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, chips, cookies and soft drinks, relaxing in the mild weather while we're entertained with bluegrass music. Our picnics include special excursion rides on WS trains and track cars and photo runbys. Like all other Chessie gatherings, you're welcome to bring friends and family to enjoy a day on the railroad. Dates for the picnics vary each year, so contact Chessie for specific times and dates. The 2017 picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Why stay home to watch reruns on TV when you can join your friends in enjoying railroad presentations and activities? Contact Chessie to come aboard and join in the fun!
Picnic Photo Credits: Black & White: Alex Mayes; Color: Bob Thompson