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A bit about us

The Wabash Railroad Historical Society is a registered not-for-profit, IRS tax-exempt organization, incorporated in the State of Missouri.

Our Mission is three-fold:

  • To preserve the historical materials of railway transportation regarding the former Wabash Railroad Company, its predecessors & affiliates — including the Ann Arbor and Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad Companies (until 1963), the New Jersey, Indiana and Illinois Railroad Company, and the Lake Erie and Ft. Wayne Railroad Company, and successors;
  • To collect data on the history and operation of the Wabash Railroad Company and to issue publications relating to this subject; and
  • To maintain an association of persons interested in the former Wabash Railroad.                                                                                            
The WRHS was established in 1975 and incorporated in the State of Missouri in 1989.

In accordance with our By-Laws, Local Chapters (hereafter known as District Chapters) may be established by any group of five (5) or more regular members in good standing, with the approval of the Board of Directors. The function of such District Chapters will be educational & informational, as well as social. District Chapters may use the WRHS name, so long as said local District Chapters adhere to the principles & objectives of the WRHS. District Chapters, or the individuals operating such chapters, shall be entirely responsible for all financial obligations and arrangements connected with the establishment & operations of such chapters. No District Chapter may function or be formed within fifty (50) miles of an existing District Chapter, per our By-Laws.

The Society owns two genuine Wabash cabooses, #2824 and #2834, which reside at the Monticello Railway Museum in Illinois. Work-sessions are regularly scheduled every April in order to keep the cabooses maintained in operating condition.

More information about us, including what you can expect from an annual membership, can be found by clicking "About WRHS" on the navigation bar.

If you are interested in learning more about the Wabash Railroad, or would like to share your Wabash knowledge with the Society and help preserve the memory of this great railroad, you are encouraged to become a member. If you wish to make a donation of historical Wabash artifacts, please feel free to contact any board member.