The RCT&HS invits you to visit the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum located at 500 S. Third Street in Hamburg, PA. Visitors can see an exclusive video showcasing the Reading Railroad, exhibits about the influence of the Reading Railroad on society, business, technology, and the environment, and shop in our museum store.
Members' Treasures Exhibit
April 14 – Official Opening of Member’s Treasures Exhibit
Artifacts, original oil panting’s, posters, model trains, most never exhibited before, from the personal collection of members from the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society.
The Members' Treasures Exhibit is made up of items from the personal collections of the members of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society based in Reading, Pa. Several of the exhibitors worked for the Reading Company before it became part of Conrail in 1976. The Reading’s famous Crusader streamlined passenger train is remembered with an original oil painting, a model in HO scale and the Reading diamond logo plate from one of its steam locomotives. The very popular Reading Iron Horse Ramble excursion trains of the early 1960’s are well represented with souvenir items, photographs and a model of one of the Reading T1 steam locomotives that powered the trains. Model trains of four scales (sizes) offer a comparison of what can be modeled. Several original paintings of Reading Railroad scenes and locomotives never before shown in public are on view. One of the model train exhibits features models painted with paint used on actual Reading diesel locomotives. Finally, the exhibit includes railroad post cards from 1905 to 1944.
“Members' Treasures Exhibit” will continue through November, 2013.
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 S. Third Street, Hamburg PA.
Hours are Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays noon to 4 PM.
Admission: adults $5; seniors (65 +) $4; ages 5-12 $3; children under 5 and active military, free.
The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad played an important role in the winning of the Civil War. This DUAL EXHIBIT shows both the HISTORY OF THE P&R and the ROLE OF THe P&R IN THE CIVIL WAR. Many items will be on exhibit that have been in storage for many years. Please join us for this specail exhibit which is only on display now through Sept 15, 2013
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 South Third Street in Hamburg, PA, approximately 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Click here for a MapQuest Map!
For information about what you'll see and experience during your visit to the Museum, click here to view the Exhibits page.
From Interstate 78 (north of Hamburg): Exit at the PA Route 61 Exit and go SOUTH on Route 61. At the first traffic light, (note the Ford dealership on the left) turn LEFT, and continue to bear left onto Fourth Street heading north into the town of Hamburg for a few blocks. At the Valero gas and convenience store, turn left onto Maple Street. Go one block and turn right on Third Street. The Museum is the complex of large brick factory buildings on the left (west side of Third Street). The entrance door is mid-block. Park anywhere along the street where you aren’t blocking a driveway.
From Interstate 76, PA Turnpike (south of Hamburg): Take Exit 298 (Morgantown) to Interstate 176 North. From I-176, take Route 422 West to Route 222 North. From Route 222, take PA Route 61 heading NORTH from Reading. As you come into the outskirts of Hamburg, watch for the large green "Hamburg" highway sign and bear RIGHT onto the local street as Route 61 curves left just before the traffic light. There is an Arby’s restaurant on the immediate right and a Ford dealership on the right the other side of the traffic light. Proceed on this local street, which becomes Fourth Street, a few blocks and at the Valero gas and convenience store, turn LEFT onto Maple Street. Go one block and turn RIGHT on Third Street. The Museum is the complex of large brick factory buildings on the left (west side of Third Street). The entrance door is mid-block. Park anywhere along the street where you aren’t blocking a driveway.
The Museum will be open Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Yard Tours are held at the following times:
• Adults: $5.00
• Seniors (65+): $4.00
• Children (5–12 years): $3.00
• Children (under 5): Free!
• RCT&HS Members: Free! (For information about becoming an RCT&HS member, click here!)
We are happy to offer group tours (schools, scout troops, civic groups,
etc.) with a minimum of 10 individuals. The fare for a group tour is $3.00
per person, and tours can be accommodated on weekdays outside of normal
Museum operating hours. To request a group tour, please contact Museum
Director Dale Woodland at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (215) 723-5848. We look forward to hosting your group!