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National Railway Historical Society

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Railfan Pictures of the Day - 12/29/2005

Reading Railroad Norristown and Wayne Junction PA 1949
Does anyone remember William W. Rinn? Searching the internet, I have not been able to gather much information about him. From what I have put together, he was a photographer of East Coast railroads in the 1940's through the 1960's. Quite a few years ago, I purchased a set of slides titled "Reading Steam Power Passenger Trains", taken by him and published by Audio-Visual Designs. I then put them away in a safe place, so safe I forgot about them. After seeing the all the old shots that have been popping up lately, I decided to go look for them and fortunately they were found. The reason I purchased the set was that it contains what had been (and still is) the only color pictures of "The Crusader" steam train I have ever seen. I am still looking for the slide by Charles Houser of the locomotive on the turntable in Bethlehem.
Reading G3 214 eases Train No. 7 "The Schuylkill", heading north, into Norristown Station .
Heading into Philadelphia was this train with Reading G3 216 as power. Other sites on the internet list the engine as 215 and credit it to another photographer.
Twelve years after the inaugural run (she'd be 70 next year), the old girl is a bit unkempt, but still, what you wouldn't give to see her today. Here she pauses at Wayne Station.
Then she charges out of the station heading for Reading Terminal.
For anyone familiar with Wayne Junction now (or fourteen years ago), missing from this view are the mammoth bridges of the Roosevelt Expressway, built in 1961.

Pictures by William W. Rinn (from collection of John Almeida)

I couldn't find my copy of the Charles Houser slide, but Albert Alecknavage found his and scanned it. Crusader engine #118 on the CNJ Bethlehem Engine Terminal turntable sometime in 1950. You wonder why he didn't shoot a whole roll ......

Picture by Charles Houser (from collection of Albert Alecknavage)

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