DECEMBER/2006: Help the Heritage Museum by Simply Shopping On-Line!

Do you shop online? Your on-line purchases can turn into money for the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum!

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is now registered at is secure and simple to use. Log on to the website, They have a relationship with over 300 national participating retailers, including Boscov’s, Macy’s, Amazon, Office Max, Cabela’s, Lands’ End, Dell Computers, PetsMart, Sears, Office Max, Ebay, and many more. With each online visit, shoppers simply start at, sign in and select The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum to receive a donation. Then choose the store you would like to shop at by using the links on the ShopforMuseums website. The rest is automatic! tracks the sales and sends donations to us quarterly. Depending on the store, the donation varies from 1% to 10% of the shopper’s total. Click here to download a pdf file of participating stores.

Be sure to designate the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum at every time you shop on line!

DECEMBER/2006: Santa to Visit Temple Station!

Santa will pay a special visit to the Temple Station to spread a little holiday cheer for all train lovers young and old. Be sure to mark your calendar for December 9 & 10, 16 & 17 and 23. Santa will be available from noon–4 p.m. in our caboose at the station.

We will also have a model railroad in place starting on the 9th and going thru till the 31st on weekends. Times to be determined but we are probably looking at Saturdays 10 or 11 a.m–5 p.m. and Sundays noon–5 p.m. As usual any help or support would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Duane Engle, (610) 929-5661, if you’d like to volunteer your time.

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season from everybody at the RCT&HS!

DECEMBER/2006: Ex-RDG MU #800 Undergoing Cosmetic Restoration

Photo sent in by "Newarkbob" of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s ex-RDG MU #800 currently undergoing cosmetic restoration inside their first-class restoration facility. Good to see she is finally getting some much needed TLC. We can’t wait to see the completed results!

APRIL/2006: First Annual RCT&HS Convention

The First Annual Convention of the RCT&HS was held Saturday April 1, 2006 at the new museum site in Hamburg, PA. The event, attended by 60 members, was from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Slide programs were presented by John Funk–The Reading in the 1950s, Bob Wanner–The Reading in Reading in the 1950s, John Greene–Reading Covered Hoppers, Dale W.Woodland–Reading Alco’s, and Dick Diehm–The Golden Spike Special of 1969. Fred Wertz also presented a power point presentation on re-building the Reading in Harrisburg. Model railroad displays were set up by Steve Gilbert, Don Davis and Carroll Keene. After lunch the group was given a tour of the museum site and Carl Adams gave a report on of the progress of our museum. The Society’s sales table was set up and manned by Ken Riegel, Carroll Keene and Duane Engle with assistance from Rebecca Engle.

The convention was organized by John Greene. Everyone seemed to enjoy their day and a chance to see what the museum is all about. Next year, with more of the facility completed, we look forward to an even bigger event.