September, 2019
Our first color photo of C&O business car Chessie 29 was donated to us recently by long-time member Dick Argo of Columbus, Ohio. COHS is initiating efforts to make the car available for viewing and to begin fundraising for its restoration -- we hope to this appearance. The photo was taken in July, 1961.
(Dick Argo photo, COHS 51456)
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This month’s color album features photos at Hinton, W. Va. Hinton was established as a C&O division point in 1872/73, when the line was first built through this region. At the same time that Hinton was being established as a C&O station it was being created as the seat of West Virginia’s newest county, Summers. The county was established in 1871 from parts of Greenbrier, Monroe, and Raleigh. The creation of the new county may have been in some manner a result of the opening of the territory by the coming of the C&O. Most towns that are county seats owe their growth and vitality in commerce, etc., as citizens visited for governmental business. In Hinton’s case its county seat status was secondary to its growth that was mainly a result of the C&O’s facilities and employment there.

Starting when the line was opened in the spring of 1873, trains operated between Williamson’s, Va. (later renamed Clifton Forge) and Hinton, and from Hinton west to Montgomery, W. Va. A few tracks were initially installed and eventually the yard grew, roundhouse and shop added, etc. so that by the 1890s Hinton was a large and important terminal. It was here that the Railroad Division of the YMCA really got its start. The new Railroad Division officials came to new C&O President M. E. Ingalls in 1889 and asked him to help the YMCA establish facilities at C&O’s terminals. Ingalls, having just completed a tour of the line, supposedly told the Y folks that if they could get one established at Hinton he would build fine structures for them at every terminal and supply them with utilities and maintenance free, if they would house his employees between runs. They did, and he did.
         
You see, when Ingalls came along in 1889 Hinton had a bad reputation. It had been said in the 1870s and ‘80s “No heaven west of Clifton Forge, no God west of Hinton” because of the raucous mining/railroading frontier status of the region. The Y’s tamed this.

Coal traffic was so large through the terminal by WWI (where power was exchanged for the Alleghany grade run eastward) that a new yard was needed. It was installed at Avis, about a mile east of the Hinton station area.    
         
Hinton was the terminal for C&O’s most powerful steam. The mighty H-8 Alleghenies, the most powerful of all steam locomotives, were stationed here and operated both east to Clifton Forge and west to Handley on both coal and fast freight trains in the glorious last decade of steam 1942-1956. Hinton was one of the last terminals to banish steam forever as diesels conquered. Diesels were supreme east of Alleghany after about 1952 and east of Hinton by 1954, but some steam lasted on the mainline west between Hinton and Handley into the last year of 1956.
         
All trains changed power here in both the steam and diesel era. From the 1920s onward conductors (running Charlottesville-Hinton, and Hinton-Huntington) and porters (running Washington-Hinton and Hinton-Cincinnati) on passenger trains changed here, and Railway Post Office crews (running Washington-Hinton and Hinton-Cincinnati) also changed at this point. With all the other operating employees on the freights, the yard, the shop, roundhouse, etc., Hinton was a boomtown in the early decades of the 20 th century. This author remembers as a child going to Hinton on a Saturday in the early 1950s to shop with his parents and the crowds on the streets so thick with people it was hard to walk. Hinton’s official population reached its highpoint of 6,600 in 1930. It now has about 2,200.
         
Railfan photographers in the 1930s-40s-50s usually didn’t venture as far into the West Virginia hills as Hinton so not as many photos are available from that era as at, say, Charlottesville and Richmond, or even Clifton Forge. Therefore, our collection has fewer Hinton scenes than one would expect.
         
Our small book Chesapeake & Ohio in Hinton, W. Va . by Tom Dixon, Allen Eckle, and Bill Simonton is still available under Catalog No. BK-08-470 – now on sale for $14.99. CLICK HERE

Sincerely,
Tom Dixon, Founder; Chief Historian
 
We continue to invite submissions of articles for possible publication in this e-newsletter medium and more importantly in our print magazine. If you want to do this and don't know how to start, contact Tom Dixon at 434-610-8959 or tdixon@cohs.org .
 
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Any of the images shown can be purchased as glossy prints sized to your specification, or as high resolution digital downloads at $8.95 each, or glossy photo prints at $8.95 each plus shipping and handling. For larger sizes call 540-862-2210 for quote. 
 
Finding More Photos
 
In these color albums each month we try to give you a look at some of the images in the C&OHS collection. If you want to look at more, go to the cohs.org web site. Once there, click the large Search the Archives button on the homepage. This will give you a space for KEYWORD. Put in here words that you think might have been used to caption the images for which you are looking. Color images all have the word COLOR in their caption.
 
Let's try an example: Say you want to look at box cars:
Enter the word BOX and that should produce for you a listing of every caption with that word. Now, you will get some that aren't cars (for example "smokebox"); just ignore them as you scroll through the listing. But suppose you wanted only color photos; then enter COLOR BOX and click the "ALL WORDS" box below the KEYWORD box. You can try all types of variations because entries were made over decades by many different people, so no uniform standard prevails. For example: some EMD units are cited with a dash and some without. Therefore, search twice, one with dash and one without. Example: GP-40, then a second search using GP40. This sounds a bit complicated, but after you use it and play around with variations, you can usually find what you want if we have it. Geographical locations are usually straight forward. Enter HINTON and you'll get all or photos taken at Hinton, and so on. Don't put in things that could complicate the search, for example DO NOT use Hinton, WV or Hinton, W. Va. or Hinton W.Va. etc. You can't presently search by division or subdivision and expect to get a complete result. Geographical searches should be made by station name. If you do not know all the station names on the C&O, you can purchase our 1948 "Station Book," (actual title C&O List of Officers, Agents, Etc.) catalog number DS-8-142 , or click here
 
Here's another example: Suppose you want to see Cushion Underframe Box Cars, just put in the word CUSHION.
 
Remember that the thumbnail images shown are low- resolution. When you order prints or digital downloads from us you will get the best high-resolution image we can make for you.

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If you have any problems when searching, please telephone us at 540-862-2210 weekdays 9-4 and ask for Michael. I will help you. Be on your computer, at the site, to take instructions.
 
-Michael Dixon 
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312 E. Ridgeway St.
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Heritage Center Receives Donation of Switches
The two photos accompanying this article show the arrival of two No. 10 switches at the C&OHS Heritage Center yard on March 28, 2019. These two valuable items were donated to us by the Buckingham Branch Railroad and will be important as our future plans for expansion of the Heritage Center trackage go forward. We are most grateful for the wonderful cooperation and friendship given us by the officials of the Buckingham Branch Railroad, including its founder and longtime leader Bob Bryant, his gracious wife Annie.

Buckingham Branch is widely-recognized as a prime example of efficient shortline railway operations and is one of the best operations in the East. It runs the former C&O Buckingham Branch between Bremo and Dillwyn, Va. which it owns. The line also operates the former C&O/Chessie System/CSX mainline Mountain and Piedmont Subdivision under lease from CSXT.
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Probably the most recognizable element of the C&O in Hinton was and is the passenger station with offices in its upper floor. First built in 1892, rebuilt and enlarged after a fire in 1913, and again added-to with the coming of CTC dispatching offices in 1962, it stands today as a stop for Amtrak’s Cardinal trains. It was well restored by a large grant of funds some years ago. This scene was on July 25, 1976 as SD40 No. 7529 powered a train eastward. New C&OHS t-shirt is now available with the station on it, click here. (T. W. Dixon, Jr., COHS 38857)
This somewhat fuzzy 1950-era photo is about all we have in color of Hinton’s steam era. It is looking east over the engine terminal area with the back of the roundhouse to the extreme left and New River on the right. An H-8 2-6-6-6, its tender white with sand dust, is at center stage. (R. L. Dyer, COHS 32801)
A nice overhead view of the old, or “lower,” yard and engine terminal area with an Alco S-2 switcher on a work train with a Jordan Spreader, while an ABA set of F7s handles a manifest freight westbound on the mainline near the river in June, 1957. (Gene Huddleston photo, COHS 29773)
Avis yard, jammed with coal as so once it was, as seen from the E8 cab of No. 4, The Sportsman, leaving town on Aug. 5, 1967. The signals were green and the business was good in that time, and we thought it would go on and on. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 31313)
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Midnight at Hinton and the crews exchange notes as they replace each other in E8 No. 4021 on No. 1, The George Washington, just after midnight March 29, 1970.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 29576)
No. 4, The Sportsman, still looked like a healthy train when it paused at Hinton on March 3, 1968, after a bit of snow, but it had only two months to live. Note the B&O slumber room car in the consist. (T. W Dixon Jr. photo, COHS 36823)
Dick Argo snapped this nice view of ALCO S-2 No. 9175 (ex-5036) working Hinton yard in October, 1967. (Dick Argo photo, COHS 24745)
March 24, 1977 was a cool clear day, the water of New River was sparkling, and Hinton’s engine terminal was jammed with locomotives in both C&O and Chessie System colors. Who could then have imagined that today this would be a vacant field with a couple of mainline tracks and a few overgrown concrete remnants that look like Roman ruins! (T. W. Dixon, Jr., COHS 24652)
The engines on the ready tracks in front of the “new” (1942) Hinton yard office include some SD40s on Dec. 23, 1975. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. COHS 33068)
GP9 No. 6155 leads a mixture of old and new power on a westbound empty coal train passing CW Cabin on July 29, 1976. CW Cabin guarded the west end of the Hinton yard complex. (T. W. Dixon, Jr., COHS 37931)
Motive power at the old roundhouse area finds GP38 3867, GP7s 5881 and 5876 on the turntable on May 24, 1969. By this time the roundhouse area was being used for car repair. (T. W Dixon, Jr., COHS 38995)
Midnight on December 29, 1969 was still and cold at the Hinton passenger station between trains. No. 1 had already left and No. 2 was due soon.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr., COHS 39196)
Work Continues on the Chessie System Caboose!
After extensive interior and exterior preparation by Cliff Clements and an active group of volunteers (see article in last month's e-newsletter), installation of new steel work was completed during the week of September 10-12 to replace the two most deteriorated side sheet panels on the caboose. There was one panel replaced on the east end of each side of the car. During the three days, Cliff worked with three professional fabricators to remove and replace the two panels. This involved removing the old rivets, removing the old steel side sheets, cutting the new steel to size, drilling new rivet holes, cleaning up the steel framework, putting the new side sheets into place, and installing new rivets. Once the new side sheets were installed, the steel was scrubbed with denatured alcohol and primed to prevent rust.
         
The new side sheets have the same appearance as if they were installed in a C&O car shop “back in the day.” To keep the original appearance, the same 3/32” thick steel and the same kind of rivets were used in the new installation.
         
There is a lot of work to complete before the caboose is ready for display, some of which includes re-installing the interior walls that were removed for access to replacing the side sheets, replacing some wooden floor supports, doing body work in a few places on the sides, and preparing the exterior for painting. If you would like to “join in the fun” doing restoration work or make a contribution towards purchasing materials needed for the restoration, let Cliff Clements know and he will be glad to make arrangements with you or get you signed up to work on the project. -Cliff Clements, Project Manager
Volunteers Improve Heritage Center Displays!













This series of photos shows the surviving remnant of C&O's 10-roomette/6-double bedroom sleeping car No. 2640, City of Beckley. At left, COHS Director Jeremy Ferrell cleans the name board. Below, the name board rehung inside the Heritage Center freight station museum.
C&O's public relations photographer used City of Beckley as representative of the line's more than 50 new 10/6 sleepers. This photo, which he took soon after the car's arrival in 1950, was used in advertisements and became representative of the fleet. (C&OHS Collection, CSPR 4093)
City of Beckley was selected by C&O/B&O for preservation after the end of passenger service and was given to the B&O Museum. Unfortunately, it was parked in the old Mount Clare area behind the museum and was vandalized as shown in this 1975 photo. Ultimately the car was scrapped and we received its name board and its trucks, all of which we still have. This is a poignant story of how a grand conveyance went from the darling of the fleet to an ignominious end. We are glad, though, to have its name board as a reminder of other days. -TWD
(C&OHS Collection, COHS 50955)
Volunteer team inside our new accession, business car Chessie 29 . The volunteers seen here were at Clifton Forge that day to assist in conservation efforts and paused for a photo during discussions related to the business car's future use and restoration. In the group photo is Jamason Conn, Justin Anger, Mark Totten, Jeremy Ferrell, Marvin Plumley, and Doug Andre.
Attention Modelers!
We, the members of the COHS are organizing an N-scale modelers and operators group. We will operate using the T-Trak standard system which uses two Kato main tracks on modules of 1, 2, 3 and 4 feet in length. You model the scenery you are interested in. Your module will connect to other member’s modules to form a group layout. We already have folks working on their module(s). If you are interested in being a member of this group contact me at dperry2021@gmail.com . For further information on T-Trak, see the website - http://www.t-trak.org/index.html . We are planning a meeting at the COHS Heritage Center for information and discussions about the group, date to be determined. Come join us.

COHS Member
Dale Perry

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C&O Participation in 1969 Golden Spike Centennial
Recently much attention has focused on the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike uniting East and West at Promontory, Utah between the Union Pacific and Central Pacific. Back in 1969 when the 100th anniversary was being celebrated a special train also was assembled for a ceremony. C&O/B&O participated by supplying equipment. A B&O dome car and two C&O lightweight coaches were painted in blue with lettering "AMERICAN RAILROADS" and ran in the commemorative train.
The cars were never returned to the C&O/B&O three-color paint scheme and ran up to and after Amtrak Day, May 1, 1971, in the blue colors. Here are a couple of photos from that time:
Lightweight coach No. 1636 was one of two C&O cars used in the centennial train. Here it is back in regular service on No. 42, The George Washington , ready to leave Charlottesville, Va. early on the morning of July 12, 1969.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 49393)
No. 41, the Virginia section of The George Washington , arriving Charlottesville on the evening of July 12, 1971 with one of the "American Railroads" cars. It is coming back after having passed through that morning, in on No. 2 and out on No. 42. It's now going back west in No. 41 and will be added to No. 1 here.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr., COHS 29559)
The other C&O Golden Spike coach, No. 1638, at Chicago, April 10, 1971.
(Owen Leander photo, COHS 43976)
Princess Grace Travels on Chessie 29
We only recently learned that our new acquisition, former C&O business car Chessie 29 , not only did its duty with President Eisenhower’s Greenbrier trip in 1956 (see last issue of this magazine), but also carried Princess Grace, Prince Ranier and their children, Albert and Caroline, to The Greenbrier in May, 1963.

It seems that C&O President Walter J. Tuohy was in Philadelphia on his way to Washington for an AAR meeting. Monaco’s royals were in that city as well, and they chanced to meet Tuohy. He offered the use of his car ( Chessie 29 ) to take the family to the Greenbrier for a few days of relaxation. Apparently, this fit the royals' schedule well, and our car took them.

Little Prince Albert dressed up in an engineer’s garb and was photographed by C&O’s public relations department photographer standing in a vestibule. The young man went on to succeed his father and is now Prince Albert II, ruler of the tiny but fabulously wealthy principality of Monaco on the French Riviera.

Those of us of a certain age will remember Princess Grace and how the actress Grace Kelly fell in love with Ranier, Prince (charming) of Monaco and became his consort.

Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands as well as King Paul and Queen Frederica are also believed to have used the car in the late 1950s for trips to the hotel.

C&O found itself host to the high and mighty of America and the Old World on many occasions thanks to the Greenbrier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs and its predecessors from the pre-Civil War years right up to the present.

The hotel was a favorite of Britain’s Duke of Windsor. He visited several times when he was Prince of Wales before he became king Edward VIII and abdicated in 1937 to marry American Wallace Simpson. As Duke of Windsor he helped C&O Chairman Robert R. Young open the new Greenbrier after C&O bought it back from the U. S. Government (after it served as an Army hospital during WWII) and reopened it in 1948. A photo of his arrival at White Sulphur is reproduced in this article, lifted from a 1948 issue of Holiday magazine. That same article had photos of Henry Ford II and other Fords, several-times Republican presidential candidate Robert Taft, as well as many other luminaries who were visiting the hotel.

Many presidents and countless high government officials, entertainers, educators, diplomats, as well as most of the wealthy class of America made the Greenbrier a stop for a vacation respite from their busy lives, isolated as it was in the West Virginia mountains. Until recent decades they all traveled via C&O trains.
Princess Grace, Prince Ranier and their children Albert (now Albert II of Monaco) and Caroline at White Sulphur Springs after their arrival aboard Chessie 29 .
(C&O Ry. Photo, C&OHs Collection, CSPR 11285-9)
Prince Albert, dressed in an engineer’s costume, poses in a C&O vestibule in May, 1963 during his family’s visit to the Greenbrier.
(C&O Ry. C&OHS Collection, CSPR 11285-1)
From his first trip to The Greenbrier in 1919 until the 1950s, the Duke of Windsor made it one of his favorite retreats. This photo is lifted from a 1948 issue of Holiday magazine and shows C&O Chairman Robert R. Young welcoming the Duke and Duchess at the White Sulphur Springs station as they descend from a heavyweight private car. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 51459)
Collecting RPO Cancellations (Postmarks)
By Thomas W. Dixon, Jr.
In a recent issue of this publication we showed some annual passes and discussed collecting them. In another issue we discussed and illustrated some early postal cancellations on C&O. In this issue we want to give just a further passing mention of collecting Railway Post Office cancellations (postmarks). This is a branch of the hobby/science of philately (stamp and postal collecting).
         
As RPOs began to decline in in their importance in the postal transportation system in the 1950s-60s, some were replaced by Highway Post Offices (HPOs). However, many were simply discontinued when the trains that hauled them were cancelled, or the Post Office shifted mail to different modes. Ultimately by 1971 only one RPO line remained, and it too soon ended.
         
C&O’s predecessor Virginia Central began carrying mail at least by 1839. It had a series of Route Agents on its trains up until those routes were converted to Railway Post Office lines in 1882. Eventually C&O had routes on its main lines and almost all its branches, and, in fact, operated the shortest RPO route ever run, the THURMOND & MT HOPE RPO (also called the THURMOND & PRICE HILL), just about 11 miles long.
         
C&O’s most heavily trafficked RPO routes were on mainline trains, both the through name trains and the locals. Each usually had an RPO authorization of some type as did most branch line trains. There were three types of cars used: The full 60-foot RPO, the half or 30-foot “apartment” RPO, and the 15-foot RPO apartment. C&O had several of each type authorization, so it had numerous cars built to each configuration. C&O called its full RPO cars “Postal” cars, while the those with 30-foot and 15-foot apartments were called “Mail & Express (M&E) cars.” One group of five cars had space for the 15-foot RPO, express, baggage, and passengers. These cars were classed by the Post Office as “apartment RPOs” just like the others, but C&O called them “Passenger, Baggage, & Mail (PB&M).” These cars were most often seen on the Chicago Division locals between Chicago and Cincinnati in the later decades of service (up to 1949).
         
Philatelists who collect “postal history” items early became interested in the variety of RPO cancellations, and the great interest they could hold for the collector. These people formed themselves eventually into the Mobile Post Office Society (MPOS), which still operates, though the high days of this type collecting was in the 1950s-60s, when collectors could actually get cancellations made on the various routes. Now collectors can only buy from other collectors since the last cancellations were actually made 50 years ago.
         
This author became much interested in this collecting since I already had years of experience in collecting stamps and then coins by the time I got my first RPO cancel in 1966. I, of course, specialized in cancellations from C&O routes, and acquired quite a nice collection over the 1970s-80s, maybe the best there is. I used this as part of writing the C&OHS History Series book Chesapeake & Ohio – Mail by Rail. [Still in print and available as Cat. No. BK-16-878 – CLICK HERE TO ORDER], a 96-page history of C&O’s US Mail operations over the years 1839-1969. One chapter deals with the RPO routes run on the C&O and the dates of their operation and illustrates some of the cancellations. A few of those cancellations are reproduced below.
         
The book, however, has a great deal of data on all the car types as well as the operations, so it’s great for the postal history collector, the modeler, of the C&O railfan.
         
I often say that when the trains carried the mail, we had the best such service in the history of the world. In 1950 there were 7,600 trains operating in the US every single day carrying mail, and of those over 3,000 carried a full or apartment RPO! Trains carried 93% of all intercity mail that year. In 1970, just 20 years later, that number was almost “0” – that’s from 93% to 0% in 20 years. What progress! But it was the natural course of historical development.
         
Collectors can buy RPO cancels on eBay or other internet sites, and they can become a member of the Mobile Post Office Society to study this interesting and now almost completely forgotten aspect of railroading and American civilization. The mail type that most often got RPO cancellations were postcards, because many were written and posted right on trains or at stations as travelers rode along the line.
This is the shortest of all RPOs. It was the THURMOND & MT HOPE for a while then THURMOND & PRICE HILL, one 10.5 miles and the other 11 miles in length. It operated out of a 15-foot M&E car and had one clerk. This cancel is much in demand by collectors.
(C&OHS Collection, COHS 36060)
This is the last trip cancellation from the DURBIN & RONCEVERTE RPO operating on C&O’s Greenbrier Branch until this date. The train itself was discontinued a few months after this because the postal revenue had been the major income for it. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 43827)
This 1939 cancel is from the trains operating on the Coal River Branch out of St. Albans, W. Va. RPOs delivered mail quickly and effectively to the remotest regions of America; if a location was on or near a railroad, it had great mail service. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 43830)

This cancellation is from the ASHLAND & PRAISE RPO that operated on the Big Sandy line. Originally the post office name was Praise the Lord but was later shortened. (COHS Collection, COHS 43828)
These cancellation impressions represent the last day of the last RPO operating on the old C&O lines, the WASH & CIN ED. That meant that the route ran Washington-Cincinnati, but its crews changed at Hinton, W. Va. so the crews east of Hinton operated the “ED” or “Eastern Division” and those west the “Western Division or WD.” May 10, 1968 was the last day of the RPO on Trains 3 & 4; the last trip of the trains themselves was two days later on May 12, 1968. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 36061)
The very last from any C&O route is this Dec. 30, 1969 cancel from the DETROIT & GRAND RAPIDS RPO. Running on the old Pere Marquette main line, it was the last on any C&O train. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 43857)
Mail just having been cancelled on WASH & CIN ED RPO Train No. 4, leaving Hinton, W. Va. on Jan. 6, 1968. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 24697)
(Left) Clerks sorting the mail on WASH & CIN ED RPO Train No. 4, leaving Hinton, W. Va. in April, 1968 just weeks before its discontinuance.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr., photo, COHS 47330)





(Right) Clerk-in-charge sorting letter mail at the letter case on WASH & CIN ED No. 4, on May 1, 1968, just nine days before its end. He was working in C&O full RPO car No. 111.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 34794)










The author of this article (Tom Dixon) is cancelling mail on the WASH & GRAFTON RPO Train No. 12 on the B&O on Feb. 24, 1968 leaving Grafton, W. Va. I was riding on a special pass from the Postal Transportation Service of the U. S. Post Office (not yet the US Postal Service). (COHS 44040)
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Ever mindful of the dramatic scene, Gene captured all the drama of railroading as K-4 No. 2788 stormed west at Teays, W. Va. in May, 1949.
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For those of you who did not see the ad in the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society's magazine, the Kroger Community Rewards Program is a way for non-profits and charitable organizations to make fundraising easy ...all you have to do is sign up, shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
  
To sign up, you must have an email and a Kroger Plus Card. If you need a Kroger Plus Card, you can ask someone at the service desk at any Kroger store. Next go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards , sign in and register. (You may have to click the SIGN UP TODAY button.) Enter your zip code, favorite stores(s), email address and create a password. You should get an email message back; click the link within the body of the email. At the next location, click on MY ACCOUNT and enter zip and email address. Click on EDIT KROGER COMMUNITY AWARDS INFORMATION and put in your Kroger Plus Card number. Then enter NPO Number: (JH657) (This represents the C&OHS.)
 
IF YOU ARE ENROLLED PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO RE-ENROLL YEARLY! RE-ENROLL NOW!
 
PLEASE NOTE KROGER UPDATED THE C&OHS'S NPO NUMBER BACK IN SEPTEMBER. PLEASE CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT TO SEE IF YOU NEED TO UPDATE THE NUMBER ON YOUR ACCOUNT. THANK YOU!!!!
Are you an avid eBay shopper? Next time you purchase to consider donating to us at eBay Checkout. The smallest donation could help us and our mission of interpreting the American Railway experience using C&O Railway’s history through drawings, documents, and artifacts which the Society collects, preserves, and makes available to as broad an audience as possible.
Since its program launch in 2003, eBay buyers and sellers have donated over $725 million through the eBay for Charity program to social causes around the world. To help us, we invite our community to participate in the eBay for Charity program.

Start now with these easy steps:
 Add The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc. as your favorite charity on eBay today!


As your favorite charity on eBay, you can now directly donate to The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc. at checkout when you purchase any item.
 You can shop for any items on eBay in which the proceeds are donated to our charity. Check out The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc.'s charity shop here:


You can sell your own items on eBay and donate a percentage of the sale price to benefit The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc.
All of these efforts allow you to easily support our cause. Your donations are tax-deductible and as a charitable seller, eBay rewards your support by offering you a fee credit based on your donation percentage to The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc..

Your generosity makes you an example of why the The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc. community is so special and shows the impact we can have together through individual acts of kindness.