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About WRHS

One way we communicate with our members is through our publications. The Cannonball Communication is a Wabash Railroad Historical Society newsletter about events happening each quarter of the current year.

The Banner is a high-quality publication which contains feature-length articles and images. While articles in The Banner vary greatly in subject matter, they all pertain to the Wabash Railroad or its affiliates. Our second publication, The Wabash Modeler, contains modeling stories and info, including both color and B&W photos of the models and their actual prototypes. While we strive to adhere to our publication schedule, because we are an all-volunteer organization we occasionally get behind. However, you will ultimately receive all publications for the year in which you joined.

Supplementing The Banner and The Wabash Modeler each year is a twelve-month Wabash Railroad pictorial calendar (for the following year) that is usually published and mailed in the fourth quarter of each membership year.

Back issues of The Banner, The Wabash Modeler, the Annual Calendar and other material is available elsewhere on this website from our storekeeper. Back Issues.

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.

If you would like to view our Constitution & By-Laws, please go here.

The WRHS sponsors an annual meeting, usually in September or October, at a location somewhere in the former Wabash Railroad territory. Members gather to discuss Wabash history, listen to guest speakers, show off their modeling prowess and share a meal. Past meetings have been held in Chicago, St. Louis, Ottumwa (IA), Milan (MI), Ft. Wayne (IN) and Toledo (OH). On occasion, our annual meeting is held jointly with other railroad preservation societies.

The WRHS has a board of directors consisting of 12 elected members who serve 2-year terms. In addition, we have editors who oversee production of our publications, webmasters and site adminstrators for our electronic media sites.

All correspondence typically goes through the Secretary, including dues renewals and address updates.

The Society has a strong presence on social media. Apart from this website, WRHS also has our own Facebook page, YouTube channel, Twitter group, Instagram account and Yahoo! Group. Time-sensitive information (such as annual meeting announcements, caboose work session dates, etc.) can be shared quickly and easily through social media, and our Facebook page is a testament to that! Lots of interesting Wabash stuff can be found there. The primary purpose of our YouTube channel, as well as our Instagram and Twitter accounts, are to display video footage and images from annual meetings, in addition to videos of our rare-mileage train rides and anything else of pertinent interest to the viewing public. And our Yahoo! Group is a great place to get your questions about the Wabash answered, especially queries about modeling issues. After you've joined the Group, make sure to search prior Conversations to see if your questions might have already been asked & answered!

Our social media sites can be direct-accessed by clicking their icons; the icons can be found at the bottom of each page.


Ready to become a member of the Society? Dues are $30/year for a Regular Membership or $35/year for a Sustaining Membership. If you live in Canada, dues are $35 a year; if outside North America, dues are $40/year, in order to help cover the cost of international postage. Our membership year runs Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

To become a member, please go to the following link, press the "print" icon and fully complete the WRHS Membership Application Form. Submit your completed application and applicable dues (make sure you indicate for what membership year(s) you want to join) to the WRHS Executive Secretary at: 9 N 200 East Rd., Hammond, IL 61929-7328. Make checks, payable in US dollars, out to the WRHS.

Thanks, and Follow the Flag!