Model Railroading Days

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania hosts the family friendly event, Model Railroading Days, on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019. Watch operating model trains in action and static displays from 11 groups including the Baltimore Area American Flyer Club, Lebanon Valley Rail, Lower Susquehanna...

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Smartphone App For Limited Vision Tested

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is currently one of several test sites within the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) for AIRA, the new smartphone app that visitors with limited vision can download and use at the Museum. What precisely is AIRA?  AIRA is a phone...

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Historic Solari Board On Exhibit

Since it departed the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia earlier this year, there’s been a lot of flap about Amtrak’s split-flip arrivals and departures board. Now, the historic Solari board, named for its Italian manufacturer, is on exhibit at the Railroad...

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GG1 Memorabilia Pops Up

As the Pennsylvania Railroad embarked on its ambitious electrification project in the 1930s, it continued to develop and test new locomotive designs. The goal was to produce a new electric locomotive capable of pulling heavy passenger trains at speeds of up to 100 mph. The...

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V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N

This month’s pop-up display, in Rolling Stock, Hall, of interesting Museum collections centers around vacation destinations and the railroad souvenirs passengers would bring home with them. One traveling essential: a men's toilet kit. Souvenirs from the Switchback Railroad in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), Pennsylvania include...

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Put A Train Stamp On It!

In honor of the new U. S. Postal Service stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad, the spotlight on collections this month is on the Railway Postal Service. You’ll find a pop-up display in at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s Rolling Stock Hall,...

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Blue Star Museums Begins On Armed Forces Day

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will join museums nationwide again this summer in the tenth annual Blue Star Museums program, which provides free admission to our nation’s active duty personnel and their families. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday,...

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Play Ball!

April in the United States marks the opening of baseball season, for both major and minor league teams. So what, you may ask, does baseball have to do with railroading? Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many railroads formed athletic associations for their employees...

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Search It, See It, Buy It: Library & Archives News

Here’s the latest from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania library and archives! Since November 2018, roughly 17,500 watermarked thumbnail images have been uploaded to their corresponding entries on our archival search engine. This brings the total images now visible online to about 120,000, less than...

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Bill Cole Is Volunteer Of The Year

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce William “Bill” Cole as volunteer of the year for 2019. Bill was selected by the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s board of directors from among the Museum’s corps of more than 150 active volunteers for...

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