"Teachable Moments" - Resources for Educators and Group Leaders

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum welcomes school groups of any age!  Dale Woodland photo.The opening of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum presents a new and dynamic opportunity for an educational experience about a vital facet of American industrial history that is rapidly fading from the scene. From learning about railroads in general, to discovering the specific ways in which the Reading Railroad influenced and shaped the communities through which it ran, a visit to the Museum is sure to be a learning experience for people of all ages. Whether you're an educator, a scout leader or coordinator of a civic group, we hope you'll take the opportunity to "Take a Ride on the Reading" and plan for an educational outing at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum!



Educational Programs and Materials


Museum Educational Tours
PreK & K: Exploring People
Grades 1 – 3: Exploring Communities
Grades 4-6: Exploring Transportation
All programs meet a variety of PA state standards.
Educational tours qualify for a group rate of $3.00 per person.


The History of the Reading Railroad
16 articles originally published in the Reading Eagle.
16 newspaper activities relating to the articles.
Free for teachers!


"Museum in a Box"
Artifacts to enhance your lessons on railroading and transportation.
Includes the Museum DVD, "The Reading Shaped Communities," and a class set of "The History of the Reading Railroad" articles.
Museum fee of $30.00 applies to borrow for two weeks.


Classroom Visit by a Museum Educator
Our museum educators will bring the museum to you!
Our program can be tailored to your specific needs.
Includes use of the "Museum in a Box" materials and "Please Touch" materials from the museum educational tour.
1-2 hour visit.
Museum fee applies. Contact us for details.


Additional Information


Curriculum Overview for use in lesson and visit planning.


For further information regarding our educational programs, or to inquire regarding scheduling a visit, contact Education Director Stephanie Smith at education@readingrailroad.org.


RCTHS Information Reading Railroad Heritage Museum Information Reading Railroad Historical Archive RCT&HS Reference

History and Purpose

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Meeting and Facilities


Calendar of Events


Volunteer Opportunities

Society Publications

Donations and Support


RCTHS By-Laws/Adopted Policies


Visit Us!

Latest News

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Calendar of Events

Resources for Educators

Railroading Merit Badge

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The Future


A Brief History

System Map

Interchanges | Schedules

Routes & Mileages

Telegraph Codes

Passenger Rosters

Diesel Roster | Steam Roster

Caboose Info | Frt. Roster

Photo Galleries

Surviving Equipment

When Coal Was King

Indexes: Bee Line Calendars


Researching Employee Records

RCT&HS Photo Roster

Multimedia Gallery

Modeler's Reference

Paint Colors Guide