Public WIFI Installed in Museum
A free WIFI system has been made available for visitors. In conjunction with this service, a number of videos have been made available by either scanning QR codes located at exhibits, or on kiosks. See details and explanatory video here.
Online Library & Archives Catalog Updated
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has again updated its online catalog. Over 4,000 new thumbnails have been added to existing entries and include Baldwin Locomotive Works and Budd Company builder's photos and assorted railroad photos from our Richard Gladulich slide collection and our general negative collection.
The Museum's special collection of employee timetables has also been fully cataloged. Additionally, many general negative entries have been revised and several thousand new entries created for our Gladulich slide collection.
Library cataloging continued with 38 new listings and other entries updated to show multiple copies of the same work.
This long-term project has received previous support from the North American Railway Foundation, and currently is being assisted by a grant from the Norfolk Southern Foundation. More information on the grant here.
The online catalog system is operated for the Friends of the Railroad Museum by Andornot, a major implementer of Inmagic advanced catalog systems.
For more information, and to consult the online catalog go here.
Major New Funding
Substantial funding received for new Roundhouse, major exhibits, No. 460 restoration, Street Scene. Information.
Milepost Now In Color
The April 2010 started a new era for the FRM's respected magazine Milepost, with the use of color. Of course, many of our old photos are in black and white, but this new capability will enhance the value of the magazine.
Museum Director Charles Fox noted that "Milepost is an important voice of the museum, keeping members up to date on our emerging achievements, but it is also a wonderful treasury of well-researched information on railroad history. The addition of color represents yet another milestone in the cooperative partnership of the museum and its dynamic Friends organization."
For a preview of that issue, go here. To join the Friends and receive the magazine, go here.
Help Restore No. 460
Funding Milestone Reached! The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society— PRRT&HS—has matched, dollar for dollar, funds raised for this project, up to $50,000! Details.
This project is part of the museum's Annual Giving program. Additional funds are still needed to complete this restoration.
Get the details and help a wonderful, historic locomotive!
Additional 2010 Funding Breakthroughs!
Cabin Car Restored.
PRR Cabin Car No. 478396 has been extensively restored to Broad Top livery. Details.
Museum Welcomes New Director
The Railroad Museum is proud to welcome its new Director, Charles Fox. Mr. Fox has spent the past twelve years as director of Somerset Historical Center in Somerset County.
A native-born Pennsylvanian, he graduated from Penn State with bachelor degrees in History and Art History. Starting his museum career as an intern at Curtin Village, a 19th century ironworks museum, he later served as its director for five years.
In 1997 he was appointed site administrator of the Somerset Historical Center. Serving there until joining the Railroad Museum, he also squeezed in a year as interim director of the Fort Pitt Museum. While at Somerset he oversaw the construction of a series of historic and farmstead exhibits and the design and fabrication of the award-winning "Patterns on the Land" interpretive exhibit.
From 2001 to 2005 he directed the Historical Center's involvement in the development of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA, and spent a great deal of time focusing on the marketing activities of the Historical Center, serving as a board member and later chairman of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau from 1998 - 2009.
His interest in railroad history was sparked by many early journeys into Reading Terminal on the old "Blueliners" from Doylestown and Hatboro. He is an avid Lionel collector and is interested in all the northeastern railroads, and particularly the Pennsy, Reading, B&O, and Conrail.
He has been married to Amy Killpatrick Fox since 2003, which he credits as easily the smartest thing he's ever done.
Museum Receives Grant for Virtual Tours
A $55,778 grant recently awarded to the Friends of the Railroad Museum by the Norfolk Southern Foundation will soon allow visitors to gain the inside track to a large number of the historic engines and railroad cars in the Museum via virtual tours.
The virtual tours, upgrades to Museum information kiosks and a new digital signage system will offer greater access to and information about the Museum’s world-class collection.
Visitors will be able to take advantage of the our virtual tours on the Museum’s web site, on ten interactive, touch-screen computer kiosks in the Museum and on five large digital flat screen monitors, also situated in various areas throughout the Museum.
Virtual tours of the our historic locomotives and railroad cars are expected to be completed and installed within the next twelve months, and will include various areas in the Museum like Steinman Station passenger depot and Stewart Junction railway education center.
The Friends of the Railroad Museum has acquired the parcel of land denoted by the arrow on behalf of the Museum. Located across Bishop Rd. from the current outdoor restoration yard, this land will provide more space for storage of the Museum's growing rolling stock collection, and related support facilities.
Concurrently, the Museum is undergoing a physical planning process that will point to the most effective use of its resources.
Museum Gains A New Face
Visitors to the Museum are being welcomed in a new lobby area, behind an stylish facade. Also featured are a clock tower, housing the historic Pennsylvania Railroad Broad Street Station Clock, and a new museum store. More information.
Historic Bridge Saved
The Museum has saved one of the oldest surviving metal railroad bridges in the United States. Details.