Posts Tagged ‘Reading Railroad Heritage Museum’

Reading Museum Lands State Grant

January 11, 2022

The state of Pennsylvania has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum that will be used to renovate its facilities.

This will include the purchase of ties and other materials for the construction of tracks into the museum’s recently completed railcar protection building.

Other projects include construction of a replica of Race Street tower; creating a display of artifacts from that tower; and expand restroom facilities and improving signs on the museum tour route.

Historic Switcher Donated to Pennsylvania Museum

February 28, 2020

A California short line has donated a historic locomotive to a Pennsylvania railroad museum.

The EMD SW1200 was last used by the Stockton Terminal & Eastern and is being sent to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

The unit was one of five of the same model built for the Reading in 1963.

The museum expects to have the switcher on display later this year.

It is being moved by BNSF and Norfolk Southern.

CSX Donates Ex-Reading Unit to Reading Museum

October 5, 2019

CSX has donated a former Reading GP-39-2 to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

No. 4317 was the last new locomotive delivered to the Reading before it was taken over by Conrail. It was built in December 1974 as No. 3412.

However, the locomotive was actually owned by the Chessie System and was leased to the Reading.

The unit will be repainted in Reading green and yellow from its current CSX livery as soon as time and funding permit.

When Conrail was formed in 1976, 20 Reading locomotives were set aside for the Delaware & Hudson, which eventually purchased them from the Reading estate.

Canadian Pacific returned the ex-Reading units to CSX after it acquired the D&H.

The Reading museum is part of the Reading Co. Technical & Historical Society and features a comprehensive collection of Reading rolling stock and locomotives as well as an extensive archive of Reading photographs, corporate records, and technical drawings.