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MARCH 7 – OCTOBER 2015 Building the Reading EXHIBIT




MARCH 7 – OCTOBER 2015 – Building the Reading

The exhibit focuses on track building methods and the people who built the tracks. See original track plans, maps, track building tools. Be a track builder yourself! Come and build small-size track at our hands-on exhibit



Building the Reading MARCH 7 – OCTOBER 2015. The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 S.Third Street, Hamburg, PA will host a new exhibit, "Building the Reading". Contributions of ethnic groups are highlighted as well as the tools and materials used to create the railroad.The exhibit focuses on track building methods and the people who built the tracks. See original track plans, maps, track building tools. Be a track builder yourself! Come and build small-size track at our hands-on exhibit Normal museum admission rates apply


2015 Philadelphia Area Eastern Mini-Con - Saturday, August 8, 2015- The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Reading Company were the first railroads of significance to build major rail transportation networks in the Mid-Atlantic and Delaware Valley regions of the northeastern U.S. Though both companies no longer exist, they both have rich histories and cooperated with each other in operations throughout their existence. This is the first of what the B&ORRHS hopes to be a continuing series of joint mini-conventions between major railroad historical societies. Following the conclusion of the Mini-con, the Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club, located at 8000 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA, has agreed to sponsor an open house for Mini-con participants to visit their layout, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 or 8:00 pm, depending on indicated Mini-Con participant interest. The Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club is located approximately 13 miles south of the Mini-Con location, in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. Since parking is limited at the club's location, it is STRONGLY advised that car-pools be formed to travel to the club. A flyer of directions to the club will be furnished to participants wishing to see the layout. For participants coming from the south, there are two major thoroughfares to get to the general area of the Mini- Con location. One is Interstate 95, where exit should be made at exit number 37, Pennsylvania Route 132, otherwise known as Street Road, north of Philadelphia. An alternate is to go across the Delaware Memorial Bridge, go north on the New Jersey Turnpike and exit west onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the New Jersey Turnpike (Exit 6 on the NJ Turnpike), then exit from the PA Turnpike at U.S. Route One (Exit 351). CAUTION: Travel northward on Interstate 95 from Wilmington, DE up to and north of Philadelphia can be extremely congested from the mid-weekday afternoon through early evening, so the alternate route to avoid congestion would be the New Jersey Turnpike routing above. For participants coming from the north, such as Interstate 476 (known as the "Blue Route"), go east on I-76 and exit at Exit 352, Street Road (EZ-Pass toll payment only), or Exit 351 to pay cash toll. If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is STRONGLY advised that travel routing inquiries via MapQuest or Yahoo be made and printed from your point of origin to your hotel lodging location and from your hotel lodging location to the Mini-Con location. Additionally, the use of a GPS unit is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as turns from one road to another can oftentimes be quick and unexpected. The two major airports in the Philadelphia area are Philadelphia International Airport, along Interstate 95, south of Philadelphia, and Trenton Mercer Airport, Trenton, NJ, north of Philadelphia, also along Interstate 95. Click here for the PDF form.


RCT&HS Train Meet October 4, 2015. The RCT&HS will hold its semi-annual train meet at the Leesport Farmers Market (banquet hall) on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Scale model and toy trains may be bought and sold. Books and other railroadiana will also be available. Good food is available on the premises and an outdoor flea market will be held the same day. Table holders will be admitted at 7:00 a.m. The public will be admitted at 9:00 a.m. Admission is $4.00/person; table rentals are $20.00 each. Vendor tables are still available. For information contact Tom Brown( or 717-279-6783 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Click here for the PDF form.




Monthly Society Meetings

The monthly meeting of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society is held at:

Trinity Bible Fellowship Church
Location: 220 Main Street, Blandon, PA (Route 73) - Click here for a MapQuest Map!
Date: Fourth Tuesday of month (Third Tuesday during November and December)
Time: 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Meetings begin by covering Society business and usually conclude with entertainment in the form of slides, films, videos, or a guest speaker. Additional business meetings of the Executive Board are held as needed.