The Arkansas-Boston Mountains Chapter
National Railway Historical Society
Railroads have been a vital tool in the expansion and growth of the United States. Since the 1880s, railroads have been an important part of the culture and economy of Northwest Arkansas. In order to preserve and promote this railroad history, a local chapter of the NRHS was formed in Northwest Arkansas in 1987.
The chapter meets at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month (except for December) at the ADA compliant Reilly P. McCarren Railroad Museum located at the Arkansas & Missouri Depot, 307 East Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale. Currently, we are meeting online using Zoom during the Corona virus pandemic. Meetings are year round, but are not held when the Springdale public schools are closed due to inclement winter weather. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.
Each meeting includes presentations by local railfans and historians. Other chapter activities ihave included restoring rail equipment, sponsoring rail excursions, publishing a monthly newsletters and books, or simply providing a way to enjoy the lore of railroading. Chapter affiliation brings people together to exchange ideas and information about their avocation and to take part in group activities.
The Chapter is a non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
"The purpose for which this Chapter is formed and the business or objectives are mainly historical, educational and not for profit. The more particular objectives are (a) to preserve the historical materials of railway transportation of all kinds (b) to collect data on the history of transportation and to issue publications relating to this subject;(c) to encourage rail transportation; and (d) to acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise , real or personal property, to mortgage,sell deed or otherwise manage the same in a manner apprpropriate for museum and the above mentioned purposes."- Extract from the Chapter By-Laws
Chapter members have a wide range of backgrounds. The members, male and female, are united by an interest in railroading, perhaps from times gone by, and an interest in preserving the railroad history of Northwest Arkansas and the United States.
About the NRHS
Formed in 1935, the National Railway Historical Society now has over 150 chapters and 11,500 members throughout the world, making it the nation’s largest railroad historical society.Information on the Society and Chapter locations is available at NRHS.com.