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We are very pleased to now offer selected items for sale by mail. We also offer many more items at our Temple Museum Store and traveling shows.


Reading Crusader Mousepad
     
Reading Crusader Mousepad

The Crusader initiated the Reading's streamlined passenger train which ran between Philadelphia and NY. Celebrate its history with this computer mousepad decorated with an image of the Crusader engine, and Crusader and Diamond logos.

RCTHS Members: $10.00, Non-Members: $12.00
 
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Reading Scale Models
Reading Lines diamond
     
Reading "Savings Bond" Covered Hoppers, from Con-Cor

These special limited edition HO models represent the Reading's class LOn and LOs covered hopper cars. Each car bears a "Savings Bond" slogan:
  • Cars #78655 and 78907 (sugar service) carry the "Take Stock in America" slogan (shown above)
  • Cars #78914, 78969, and 78981 (cement/limestone service) carry the "Share in Freedom" slogan
They are custom printed on Con-Cor, 3-bay, HO scale, PS-2 covered hoppers, and are available from stock. Comes in set of five cars.

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Books on the Reading
     
The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire, Volume I
• by James Holton
• Hardcover, 356 pages


Finally back in print! This volume tells the story of the Philadelphia & Reading RR from its inception as a competitor to the Schuylkill Canal, to its peak as the wealthiest corporation in the world. Covers the period up to 1900, with hundreds of B&W photos, and pullout maps of the Reading system.

RCTHS Members: $55.00, Non-Members: $68.00
 
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The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire, Volume II
• by James Holton
• Hardcover, 440 pages


This second volume covers the history of the Reading from 1900 until its incorporation into Conrail in 1976. Seven chronological chapters, plus chapters dealing with the Coal & Iron Co., the Reading Shops, The NJ Central RR, and major railroad facilities. Tons of B&W, plus pullout maps of the Anthracite regions and Philadelphia area and profiles of coal beds.

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Rails Through Manayunk
• by Harry Garforth, Jr.

This new book by Philadelphia area native Harry Garforth, Jr. depicts the Reading's various lines through the Manayunk and suburban Philadelphia area throughout the railroad's history, and provides tremendous detail of the various elevation projects and track changes throughout the past two centuries. Lots of fascinating VINTAGE photographs.

RCTHS Members: $18.00, Non-Members: $20.00
 
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The Reading in the Conrail Era, Book One
• by Dale Woodland
• Hardcover, 144 pages


Changes to the former Reading Railroad between 1976 and 1998 are chronicled in 144 pages with 255 color photos. Book One begins with the creation of Conrail and follows the transition to each of the Reading's major lines in areas such as Philadelphia, Reading, and the hard coal regions. Diesel power from the Lehigh Valley, Erie-Lackawanna, Central of New Jersey, Delaware & Hudson, Conrail and Amtrak are shown in traditional Reading locations. A history of each of the four surviving Reading T-1 steam locomotives, as well as photo vignettes of visiting steam locomotives is included.

RCTHS Members: $40.50, Non-Members: $45.00
 
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The Reading in the Conrail Era, Book Two
• by Dale Woodland
• Hardcover, 144 pages


Book Two of the Reading Railroad during the Conrail Era 1976–1998. Book Two describes the myriad of changes in 144 pages with over 200 color illustrations. It covers the formation and affect SEPTA had on the commuter system, includes photographs and rosters of the twenty-two shortline railroads that took over portions of the Reading, it depicts the D&H/CP trackage rights over the former Reading Lines, and the Legacy Chapter contains information on surviving locomotives, cars, coaches, cabooses and trackage. The book concludes with a look at the Reading in art.

RCTHS Members: $40.50, Non-Members: $45.00
 
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Reading Diesels, Volume I, First Generation
• by Dale Woodland
• Hardcover, 168 pages


Volume 1 acquaints the reader with Reading's first generation diesels, spanning 1926 to 1961. The story begins with the railroad's first ALCO-GE-IR (the 2nd diesel-electric loco built in the USA), and pursues the Reading's diverse purchases from ALCO, EMD, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse. Contains 215 color photos, information on disposition of units, and data concerning locomotive assignments and dates of service.

RCTHS Members: $47.00, Non-Members: $50.00
 
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Reading Diesels, Volume II, The Second Generation
• by Dale Woodland
• Hardcover, 188 pages


Volume 2 describes locomotives placed in service between 1962 and 1974, as well as rebuildings and changes in class. Includes discussions of the thinking behind Reading's locomotive purchases, attempts to save passenger service by using Budd RDC's, and typical train assignments and tonnage ratings for locomotives. Also contains updates on remaining Reading units.

RCTHS Members: $51.00, Non-Members: $55.00
 
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RDG Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment
• by Craig Bossler, Morning Sun Books
• Hardcover, 128 pages


Intended for the modeler and historian, this book provides color documentation of the considerable Reading roster of freight, passenger, and MOW equipment from the 1950's on.

RCTHS Members: $38.00, Non-Members: $42.00
 
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Reading Steam in Color
• by Jeremy Plant, Morning Sun Books
• Hardcover, 128 pages


Explores the last decade of Reading steam operations, starting with the optimism of 1944-48 and continuing to the last gasp of regular service steam locomotion in 1957. Through the medium of over 230 vintage color slides reproduced in this 128 page book, the reader can go back in time to an era when the Reading Company was truly "the Road of Anthracite".

RCTHS Members: $42.00, Non-Members: $45.00
 
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Reading Company in Color, Volume I
• by Jeremy Plant, Morning Sun Books
• Hardcover


Tour the Reading system from end-to-end through over 230 color views of vintage diesel and electric powered trains.

RCTHS Members: $42.00, Non-Members: $45.00
 
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Reading Company in Color, Volume II
• by Bert Pennypacker, Morning Sun Books
• Hardcover

Noted author Bert Pennypacker guides the reader through an all-color tour of the Reading's motive power, operations and physical plant during the years 1947-1976.

RCTHS Members: $51.00, Non-Members: $55.00
 
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Electric Trains to Reading Terminal
• by Wes Coates
• Softcover


Tells the story of the Reading's electrification of its commuter lines which covered the Philadelphia region and reached the famous Reading Terminal.

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Trackside Reading Anthracite Country Arch & Bruce Kantner
• by Jeremy Plant, Morning Sun Books
• Hardcover


The source of Reading Company prosperity, its central Pennsylvania anthracite territory, was recorded by the Kantner Brothers in color chiefly during the 1950s. The last of steam and the earliest of Reading diesels are shown at work gathering and hauling coal as well as providing first class passenger conveyance..

RCTHS Members: $51.00, Non-Members: $55.00
 
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Books on Railroads Related to the Reading
     
ALCO's to Allentown
• by Thomas A. Biery, from The Railroad Press
• Softcover, 112 pages


Lots of great railroad action in the Lehigh River Valley during the 1960's and early 1970's. You'll see ALCO's, F-units, F-M Trainmasters and more, hauling fast freight through semaphore-laden mainline trackage in Pennsylvania's cement belt, along with a few side trips down interesting branchlines. Colorful diesels from Lehigh Valley RR, Central RR of NJ, Reading Lines, Lehigh & Hudson River, Ironton, and other area railroads abound in this magnificent work by Northampton-born Thomas A. Biery. 150+ photos, 80+ in color. RCTHS Members: $24, Non-Members: $26
 
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Lehigh Valley, NY Division
• by Mike Bednar
• Hardcover, 152 pages


This excellent book from a real Lehigh Valley employee chronicles the last 20 years of "the Valley". Written from a railroader's perspective, the book gives insight and appreciation for what it was like to work for the railroad. Includes many pictures of the employees, as well as the equipment, trains, and facilities of the road. 290 color photos, 20 maps and diagrams.

RCTHS Members: $42.00, Non-Members: $45.00
 
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Anthracite Country Color
• by Gerard Bernet
• Softcover, 48 pages


A color pictorial of Reading, CNJ, and PRR operations in the Keystone State's hard coal region. Features the photography of Bruce and Arch Kantner.

RCTHS Members: $18.00, Non-Members: $20.00
 
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First Generation Geeps–The Hard Coal Carriers
• by Gerard Bernet
• Softcover, 80 pages


Through stunning photography and insightful commentary, supplemented by actual data from railroad mechanical departments, Gerry Bernet chronicles the development and service of EMD First Generation Geeps, as they served on the Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Erie, DL&W (and later Erie-Lackawanna), and the Reading.

RCTHS Members: $18.00, Non-Members: $20.00
 
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Colorful Memories of Reading's Shamokin Division
• by Gerard Bernet
• Softcover, 48 pages


Featuring the photography of Bruce and Arch Kantner. ALL COLOR!!! The much-anticipated sequel to Anthracite Country Color has arrived! Travel along the Reading's Shamokin Division through the late steam/early diesel era through the fabulous color photography of Bruce and Arch Kantner. Both freight and passenger action are featured, as well as many locations along the northern part of the Reading System. If you enjoyed Anthracite Country Color, you'll love this one!

RCTHS Members: $18.00, Non-Members: $20.00
 
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Pennsylvania Shortlines in Color Vol. I
• by Gary R. Carlson, Morning Sun Books

A fond look back at the "traditional" shortlines extant in
Pennsylvania during the 1950s. This first of two volumes includes:

• Aliquippa & Southern Railroad
• Allegheny & South Side Railway
• Bellefonte Central Railroad
• Cambria & Indiana Railroad
• Chestnut Ridge Railway
• Cheswick & Harmar Railroad
• Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad
• Cornwall Railroad
• Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad
• Donora Southern Railroad ï East Broad Top Railroad
• East Erie Commercial Railroad
• Everett Railroad
• Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain RR
• Ironton Railroad
• Johnstown & Stony Creek Railroad
• Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley RR
• Lake Erie, Franklin & Clarion RR
• Ligonier Valley Rail Road
• Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad

RCTHS Members: $47.00, Non-Members: $50.00
 
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Pennsylvania Shortlines in Color Vol. II
• by Gary R. Carlson, Morning Sun Books

Traditional shortlines of Pennsylvania extant in the 1950s are examined in full color: McKeesport Conn., Monessen SW, Monongahela Conn., Montour, N&B, PB&NE, P&S, PA&McKR, P&OV, PC&Y, S&H, Stewartstown, Strasburg, Unity Rwy., UMP, WAG, Western Allegheny, W. Pittston- Exeter, and Winfield RR.

RCTHS Members: $51.00, Non-Members: $55.00
 
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Videos on the Reading and Other Related Railroads
     
Vignettes* of the Reading Co.
• from Clear Block Productions
• 60 minutes


The Reading Company was the favorite railroad of Allentown native Charles Houser, Sr. See his films of the Company's superpower steam locomotives at such locations as Tamaqua, Lansdale, East Penn Jct.and Gordon. Diesel Coverage of FT's, F7's, Trainmasters, AS-16s, FA's, RS-3's, RDC's and GP30's continues through the '50's and '60's at Bethlehem, Allentown, Rutherford and Perkasie. Included also are MU cars on the North Penn Branch, rare footage of the New Haven Mack Railbus testing on the East Penn, Camelbacks on the Ironton RR, a brief look at Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, and the last run of the "Berksie" Doodlebug in 1949.

RCTHS Members: $25.00, Non-Members: $28.00
 
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Vignettes* of the Reading, Volume II
• from Clear Block Productions
• 90 minutes


Featuring the films of Claude Goebel, Dennis Hake, Harrison Garforth, and Dr. Michael Johnson, Volume II covers the road's final 15 years of operation in the Keystone State. Second generation diesels team up with F's, GP's, and RS-3's at Allentown, Bethlehem, Macungie, Hershey, Philadelphia and Reading. Electric and diesel powered commuter trains are also seen in action around Philadelphia, and the Reading's famous T-1s power the Rambles at several locations.

RCTHS Members: $25.00, Non-Members: $28.00
 
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Reading Glory
• from Penn Valley Pictures (click to view a clip)
• 45 minutes


Experience Reading passenger and freight steam operations in upstate Pennsylvania with this outstanding all-color footage filmed by the late Clarence Weaver in the 1940s and 50s. You'll see G-3 Pacific and Atlantic powered passenger trains in the Susquehanna river valley, and follow the King Coal as it leaves Shamokin and climbs to Locust Summit. See steam powered fast freights and mallet powered coal drags work the mountain grades. Visit SF Tower in Sunbury to watch the parade of steam and early diesel freights pass by. See the mighty T-1s working in lease service on the PRR Susquehanna Division between Northumberland and Enola. Some of the finest vintage Reading action ever shot!

RCTHS Members: $35.00, Non-Members: $40.00
 
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Vignettes* of the Western Maryland
• from Clear Block Productions
• 60 minutes


Volume 1 follows the WM from its eastern terminus in Baltimore to Elkins, WV and Connellsville, PA from 1940 until the verge of the Chessie System takeover in 1975. Locations visited include Baltimore, Emory Grove, Ohiopyle, Hagerstown, Cumberland, Deal, Bowest, Dunbar, Ridgeley, Thurmont, Williamsport, Meyersdale, Parsons, and Elkins. Locomotives featured include F-units, High and low nose Geeps, RS-3's, BL2's, FA's, SD40's, and various models from run-through partners, P&WV, and N&W. K1 and K2 4-6-2s are seen pulling classic WM passenger trains near Baltimore and Thurmont.

RCTHS Members: $25.00, Non-Members: $28.00
 
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(*) a "vignette" is a short story
RCT&HS Apparel
     
Reading Railroad Afghan
• 100% cotton
• Approximately 47" x 67"
• Machine washable
• Natural background with choice of color: cranberry, hunter green or navy


Featuring Reading Railroad Stations Reading Terminal, Reading Outer Station, Pottsville, Lebanon, Hamburg, Quakertown, Phoenixville, Pocopson (click on thumbnail for larger image).

RCTHS Members: $45.00, Non-Members: $50.00
 
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Reading Railroad Heritage Museum Shirt
• Available in: small, medium, large, XL, XXL, and XXXL ($3.00 additional)

Denim long sleeved shirts with button-down collar and four-color embroidered museum logo. Celebrate the opening of our new museum facility in style.

RCTHS Members: $35.00, Non-Members: $38.00
 
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About Member’s Prices

Current member's of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society are eligible for discounts on most merchandise we sell. If you would like to take advantage of these discounts, please join us. Simply: Remember: your active support helps to ensure the Society's survival and realize its goal of establishing a permanent, world-class museum to house and preserve our extensive equipment and artifact collection. Please consider becoming a member today!


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