Regular access and operation
of the facility during open hours is managed and provided by the
professional staff of the City of Bowie, Museums Division.
Our librarian is Mr.
Erik Delfino, a professional librarian working full time in the
field. Mr. Delfino is responsible for organizing, cataloging, and
managing the collection as well as acquiring new materials and disposition
of materials we no longer need. Mr. Delfino, a member of the Washington,
D.C. Chapter NRHS, is a volunteer and is providing his services
to the Martin F. O'Rourke Memorial Railroad Library at Bowie Tower
free of charge.
Mr. Delfino is Chairman
of the Chapter's Library Committee and is assisted by a committee
of members of the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS.
On April 14th 2012 a group of DCNRHS Library
volunteers banded together to recover some unique Washington,
D.C. railroad history from a damp, musty basement in Suburban
Maryland that was literally crammed with rail history from
all over the world (most of it streetcar related). Some of
the material goes back 150 years. It took two pickup trucks,
two SUVs, and a car to haul the treasure trove of history
away from an estate that was anything but your run of the
mill railroad ephemera. Over the next several years, led by
our intrepid and extremely talented Librarian Erik Delfino,
DCNRHS volunteers will sort through the "treasure" to catalog
and sort the material and find proper final destinations for
items that do not fit our collection. The efforts of our volunteers,
enabled through the cooperation of the Baltimore Streetcar
Museum, will benefit the DCNRHS and most importantly FUTURE
GENERATIONS, for years to come. For that is our ultimate job,
preservation and education about our railroads and their rich
and storied history. Photo by J. Lilly.