The “Bee Line”

A quarterly publication of the RCT&HS. Each issue contains articles focussing on the century and a half of development of the Reading system. Included are maps, diagrams, and plenty of photos–black & white and color. Often included are articles on modeling some unique feature of equipment of The Reading. The title is derived from the “Bee Line Service” slogan used by The Reading in the 1960s to promote fast freight deliveries and customer service. Click here for a complete “Bee Line” index of back issues.

The Crusader

A newsletter produced monthly for our membership. It contains the minutes of meetings, schedules of activities, current events and other items of interest. The name comes from The Reading Line’s most famous passenger train, the 1937 stainless-steel consist which ran between Philadelphia and New York.

The Reading Railroad Calendar

Is produced annually by RCT&HS. It features vintage scenes along the Reading, with extensively detailed captions, in a fold-out 12 month format. Click here for a complete index of past RCT&HS calendars.


An on-going project of the RCT&HS is to evelop an extensive library of photos: equipment, employees at work, facilities of all kinds, scenes along the right-of-way, and anything relating to The Reading. We currently maintain the bulk of the negative files from The Reading’s Mechanical Department. We continually strive to add to this library from private collections and other sources. A special variety of subjects from this collection is maintained as a “photo-list” from which 8" x 10" prints are made available to Society members and the public.


In addition to the photos, the RCT&HS has assembled an enormous collection of Reading Company maps, blueprints and files. The bulk of the collection, consists of Mechanical Department files, which were rescued by the RCT&HS in the early 80’s from impending destruction. The collection continues to grow with additional “finds” in forgotten places, and from individual donations. The collection has developed into a library filled with literally thousands of items, and supplies data for “Bee Line” articles and reference. (Please note: at this time, we unfortunately do not have the resources or staffing to honor individual requests for research and materials)