Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 13, 2012
High school students once again have the opportunity to inspect a working locomotive, repair freight cars, and learn about modern railroad operations. The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), America’s largest rail preservation organization, announced dates for its 2013 summer season of “RailCamp,” to be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Tacoma, Washington.
The annual program is open to all high school boys and girls who are currently freshmen, sophomore, juniors, or seniors. Dates for the two venues are scheduled for July 6-12 in Scranton, PA, and July 28-August 3 in Tacoma, WA. Individuals who will enter their freshmen year in 2013 are also eligible to participate.
Final program content, pricing and registration material for the 2013 session will be available in December and posted on the organization’s website, http://www.nrhs.com. Spaces are limited, so prospective campers are urged to e-mail the society at info(a)nrhs.com and be added to a notification list. Inquiries must include the student’s name, e-mail address, location, and age.
The schedule of activities will be similar to past programs and additional enhancements are being planned. In past years, RailCampers have learned hands-on rail preservation techniques, studied railroad history, and learned about career opportunities in today’s rail industry.
At RailCamp Scranton, students will be housed in the University of Scranton dorms. Activities center around the city’s Steamtown National Historic Site and include inspecting a working steam locomotive in an authentic roundhouse, replacing the knuckle of a tank car, and more. Side trips have included facilities of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and a historic streetcar operation.
At RailCamp Northwest, students will be housed in Pacific Lutheran University dorms. They will experience modern station operations, conduct an inspection on an in-service Amtrak locomotive and a steam locomotive, observe heavy maintenance on high-speed Talgo trains, work in a shop restoring wooden passenger cars, and much more.
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 http://www.nrhs.com.
Director, NRHS Public Relations