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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, a world class museum of railroad history in Strasburg, PA.

Social Issues Concerning Railroads

People, Society, Government, Economics

Complementing its excellence in historic rolling stock preservation, the Museum is committed to telling the stories of the people and social issues of the railroad industry.

The reach of railroads has always been broader than typically recognized. As economic development engines, as employers, as consumers of materials and supplies, as the backbone of movement of heavy goods (and to varying degrees, people), and in many other ways, railroads have affected and been impacted by broader issues of society.

As the nostalgia of the echoing whistle heard across a rural valley, and the memories of the small town depot fade, the significance of these broader social issues takes its rightful place in American history. The pages of this section address such issues.

More to come...

There is more to be told, and we will be adding information as our documentation of these important issues continues.

Contributions of scholarly material for consideration for publication in our journal The Milepost, and here, are solicited.

More resources are listed in individual subject sections. Several additional resources include:

American Council of Railroad Women

Women in Railroading

American Railroad Women

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Young African-American.

Railroad Telegrapher.

Contemporary RR Worker.

RR Workers.




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