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Reading Railroad Heritage Museum 6/20/2010

by Chris Guenzler

I found the Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg and after a few minutes I was allowed to go see the equipment of this wonderful railroad museum.

A brief history

The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society was incorporated on July 16, 1976 to preserve the rich history of the Reading Railroad. The group is an all volunteer, non-profit, educational corporation that keeps alive the memory of this railroad as a repository of knowledge, artifacts and memorabilia of the Reading Railroad. Today it has over 1,000 members in the USA and aboard. The group which met in the former Reading Company Passenger and Freight Station in Elverson, PA began publishing a magazine called the "Bee Line". The group then removed the Reading Company papers and photographs from the company's mechanical offices on Sixth Street in Reading. In 1982 the group helped in the restoration on Reading equipment at East Strasburg. The group's first modular HO scale layout was constructed in 1983, the same year it held its first banquet to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. Today the group maintains a railroad museum in Hamburg at the former Pennsylvania Steel Foundry complex in that town which opened in 2008.

My Private Tour

Reading 5308.

Reading 103.

Reading caboose 92926.

Reading 1253 Latrobe Inn.

Reading 900.

Reading unknown.

Reading baggage car 1675.

Reading 1253 Latrobe Inn.

SEPTA 9123.

Reading baggage car 9051.

Reading 5204.

Reading GP-30 5513.

Maryland & Pennsylvania 1506.

Lehigh Valley Caboose.

RCTH 3640.

Lehigh Valley Caboose 95116.

Reading 6300.

Reading gondola 31405.

A unique piece of railroad history.

Slug 990.

RS-3 4185.

Reading box car 17039.

D&H box car 24661.

Unknown Baldwin switcher.

Reading baggage car 90685.

Reading box car.

Reading 90893.

Yard view.

Reading 5308.

Unknown Combine.

Reading 863.

New York Central 4423.

Reading Caboose 92909.

Two unknown cabooses.

Reading caboose 92832.


Erie Lackawanna Passenger Cars.


A steam tender.

Reading hopper 63921.

An unknown hopper car.

An unknown baggage car.

A family getting an excellent tour of the museum.

View of the grounds.

Reading 6300.

A pair of buses. I thanked them for allowing me to get my pictures before I drove east on Interstate 78 to PA 143 which took me to Kempton and my next train ride.