Cornell Railroad Historical Society - Cornell Chapter, NRHS
Rail Enthusiast Groups, Railroad-Specific Historical Societies
The History Center
Gateway Center
401 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850-4400
United States
Meeting Frequency
Monthly, except July.
Meeting Days
2nd Tuesday
Meeting Times
7-9 PM
The Cornell Railroad Historical Society was founded in 1977 and became a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1981. In the years since that time, we have grown and prospered. With recent membership levels of nearly 130, while we may be one of the smaller NRHS chapters, we are an active one, with great enthusiasm for the subjects of railroads, rail history, rail photography and other aspects of the railroad hobby.
The City of Ithaca lies at the foot of Cayuga Lake, and is surrounded on three sides by steep hills. It is also home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, meaning its population practically doubles when school is in session. In former years, most of these students arrived by train, but with the changes seen in the 20th century, the two main railroads serving the area, the Lehigh Valley and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, faded away. Nonetheless, our chapter holds both dear, especially the Lehigh Valley, sometimes known affectionately as the "Leaky Valley", which is also the name of our newsletter.

The Cornell Railroad Historical Society Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the History Center, 401 East State Street, Gateway Center, Ithaca, NY. Doors open at 7:00 PM, meetings begin at 7:15 PM, and generally last until about 9 PM. We have other yearly activities, most notably our Railfair, and meetings are open to anyone.
One block east of the Ithaca Commons in the Gateway Center. Parking is available in unmarked spots or open spots marked "Gateway Center Client Parking." Do not park in spots marked "Resident Parking."
Contact Information
Cornell Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 3886
Ithaca, NY 14852-3886
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