Welcome to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum!

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. 
Phone: 610-562-5513

Hours are Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays noon to 4 PM.

Admission:  Adults $7, Seniors (65+) $6, Children (5 - 12) $3, Children 4 and under FREE. RCT&HS members FREE. Groups of 10 or more $5 each- must be arranged at least two weeks in advance.

For more information about visiting us, click here.


NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 29, 2017 - Reading Railroad Heritage Museum 500 South Third St. Hamburg PA

Our current exhibit is, "Making A Bee-Line", the story of the Reading Railroad's innovative freight delivery service. The exhibit features the locomotives, people, and technology that made the super-fast rail service a ground-breaking reality 50 years ago. We hope you will make a bee line to the Museum soon.


Do you have great memories of the 5513?

Then here is your chance to see it shine again. 

Brian's Model Trains is donating all proceeds of the a Peter Lerro print that he has commissioned will be used for that purpose.

Use the attached order form to pre-order your copy for mid-August delivery.

GP-30 Order Form


RCT&HS Year 2017 Railroad Calendar

The RCT&HS Year 2017 railroad calendar is now available featuring the Gas-Electric Cars (Doodlebugs) and Budd Rail Diesel Cars (RDCs) of the Reading Company. Between 1923 and 1930 the Reading acquired a total of 17 gas-electric cars and 10 trailer coaches, most of which operated through the 1930s and 1940s. Nicknamed Doodlebugs these cars operated on a wide variety of branch lines and some main lines of the Reading Railroad. All cars handled baggage and express, and most had RPO compartments. The RDC was a considerable improvement over the earlier heavy all-steel doodlebugs. The RDC had sufficient power, with each car having two 275 or 300 horsepower diesel engines, for higher maximum speeds and, due to its lighter weight, rapid acceleration. Having two engines gave the RDC more reliability and the capability to continue moving should one of its engines fail. Each Reading RDC was a model RDC-1, Budd's designation for an RDC with passenger capacity of 103 people. The Reading later purchased four more second-hand RDCs from the Lehigh Valley and the Boston & Maine railroads