The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) recently awarded $500 to the Southampton Railroad Station Society (SRRSS) to repair and re-point the stone foundation of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad station building.
The SRRSS was among 21 non-profit organizations from 14 states to receive awards from NRHS totaling $50,000. Recipients included NRHS chapters, historical societies, museums and municipalities.
“This year’s applicant pool was the largest in NRHS history and one of the best in recent memory, making the award decisions painfully difficult,” said NRHS President Gregory Molloy. “While we’re excited to fund these important projects, the fact remains that scores of equally significant rail projects will go without our support this year, underlining the urgency of our mission.”
Other projects receiving awards from the NRHS range from the restoration of rare locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and railroad structures to the creation of an exhibition featuring the history of African-American railway workers in the Pacific Northwest. Through these diverse projects, NRHS funding will leverage hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and in-kind matching donations.
Since the program’s inception in 1991, NRHS has awarded 221 grants for a total of $548,000 to support a wide variety of railroad history preservation projects.
Founded in 1935, the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) preserves and raises awareness of America’s threatened railroad heritage. NRHS operates historic rail excursions and tours throughout North America and supports more than 160 regional chapters.
During the past 10 years, the non-profit organization has awarded more than $500,000 in railroad preservation grants; it also sponsors RailCamp, a summer orientation program offering high school youth hands-on experience in the railroad industry.
For more information, visit www.nrhs.com.