The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, located in Hamburg, PA, is owned and operated by the
Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Reading Railroad. Open to the public since 2008, the Museum tells the story of the Reading Railroad, one of the world's largest corporations, made even more famous by the game of MONOPOLY. Currently in the initial stages of development, the Museum features vintage railroad cars and locomotives, photographs, documents and artifacts from the Reading Railroad.
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 S. Third Street, Hamburg PA.
Hours are Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays noon to 4 PM.
Admission: adults $5; seniors (65 +) $4; ages 5-12 $3; children under 5 and active military, free.
For more information about visiting us, click here.
The RCT&HS proudly introduces the "Company Store". Here you can order many of the items found at our museum gift shop and at our shows. Click on the link above to begin shopping. If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been recently in a PCN program filmed in August at the RRHM. Click HERE to watch.
The RCT&HS Year 2014 railroad calendar is now available, and this time features thirteen excellent Reading Railroad pictures taken by the late Wilmer Hendricks. Wilmer was a prolific photographer of the Reading in its later years, covering the entire system and especially the Bethlehem and Catawissa Branches. His photos have appeared in several books and magazines. Our 2014 calendar has eight color pictures and five black & white pictures at the locations of Abrams, Allentown, Douglassville, Lewisburg, Lofty, Minersville, Philadelphia, Port Richmond, Pottstown, Rupert, Rutherford, Tamaqua, and Webster. Each picture has a detailed caption, plus the calendar pages include dates of events both important and obscure in Reading Railroad history. The 2014 calendar opens to an 11” by 17” size, and is wire-bound and printed on high quality glossy paper. Net proceeds from sales of this calendar benefit our ongoing projects to preserve equipment and artifacts from the former Reading Railroad. Please order soon so as not to miss out on a full year’s enjoyment of these vintage scenes.
Due to emerging economic realities, it has become imperative that we move the overwhelming majority of our rolling stock collection onto Museum property as quickly as possible. Presently we have four display tracks on the property (click here for an update on recent track construction at the Museum), and making preparations to lay more. While we are fortunate to have the expertise within the organization to build the necessary trackage, we urgently need funds to purchase the needed materials. PLEASE consider a tax-deductible donation to the Track Fund. We realize these are difficult economic times for many people; however, the need in this instance is truly urgent. If you care to contribute, you can mail your donation to:
Reading Railroad Heritage Museum/RCT&HS
Attn: Museum Track Fund
PO Box 15143
Reading, PA 19612-5143
|As an alternative, you can click on the button at right to make an online donation via our PayPal service.|
All donors will receive a written letter of thanks and acknowledgement of the donation for tax purposes. Your generosity is MUCH APPRECIATED in this time of critical need for the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum!
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum and Reading Company & Technical & Historical Society are proud members of the Berks Heritage Council, an organization of more than two dozen Museums, Historical Organizations and Heritage Sites in the county. The Council's mission is to promote awareness of Berks County's rich historical heritage. The various historical attractions around the County are some of the area's "hidden treasures," click here to download a brochure with more information about the Council and its members, or you can visit the Museum Council's website!
The Reading Railroad's early development centered around the Schuylkill River - the Main Line followed the course of the River itself, and its principal reason for existence in the earliest days was to transport coal from the mines to the river and canal for transport by water. Thus, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum and the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society are proud to support the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area. Covering the entire course of the Schuylkill River from the coal regions to Philadelphia, the Heritage Area sponsors a variety of recreational and cultural activities to help celebrate and preserve the history of one of Pennsylvania's great natural resources. Visit their website today!