On Saturday, May 9, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum held its second annual "Bee Line Festival." This year's festival included several unique events and presentations, including Charlie Adams' suspenseful tales of train wrecks and ghost stories in the theater, an Operation Lifesaver presentation sponsored by Norfolk Southern, the railroad songs and stories of Matt Dodd, and TRAIN RIDES! Yes, you read that right! Reading Alco C630 #5308 and EMD NW2 #103 returned to "revenue service" hauling several hundred passengers between South Hamburg and Shoemakersville during the Festival. For those of you who weren't able to attend the event, we've posted some photos below. We hope to see you at next year's BEE LINE FESTIVAL!
Above: Passengers board the Bee Line Festival excursion train. Bill Hodson photo. Below left: Our restored A5a "parade locomotive" #1176 poses in front of the Museum. Dale Woodland photo. Below right: "Singing Brakeman" Matt Dodd entertains visitors with songs and tales of the rails. Andrew Dietz photo.
Attention Scouts and Scouters! Beginning this fall, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum will offer instruction in the Railroading Merit Badge. If you are a Scout interested in earning this merit badge, or a Scout leader interested in scheduling a program for your troop, click here for more information. In addition to merit badge instruction, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum invites Scouts to inquire about volunteer opportunites that could be used to fulfill service project requirements for advancement. If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum, click here for information about available opportunities, then contact us. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your Scouting goals!