If you’re a Reading Company fan, or just a fan of railroads in general,
the following links may be of interest. Jump to a category by clicking below,
or just browse through the list. Please e-mail
us to let us know about any Reading Company or railroad-related links
that we might have missed!
Historical Society: The ARHS is devoted to preservation
of the history of the Reading, Central RR of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley,
Lehigh and New England, and other anthracite haulers.
County Historical Society: Excellent historical resource
on Berks County, featuring info/photos on the The Reading Railroad Massacre,
Mt. Penn Gravity Railroad and Neversink Mountain Railroad.
Black River & Western RR:
BR&W operates steam and diesel excursions and freight over surviving
Reading Co. trackage near Ringoes, NJ, and along the Delaware River.
This is their official website. The
BlueComet: Great shots taken during the mid to late 70’s
of many retired and stored locos at the Reading, PA shops.
Catawissa Railroad Company:
Maintained by owner of ex-Reading Catawissa station. Converted cabooses
(including RDG) available for rent as hotel rooms.
Conrail Caboose Website:
Info on Conrail’s cabooses.
Danbury Railway Museum:
The Danbury Railway Museum is currently in possession (on loan from
the Connecticut Department of Transportation) five ex-Reading homebuilt
passenger coaches which were used last used with FP7 units #902/#903
on pull-pull service from Reading to Philadelphia.
Fallen Flags and Short
Line Railroad Photos: George Elwood’s extensive site
chock full of photos and info for just about every railroad you can
think of including the Reading.
The Hagley Museum, Wilmington,
Delaware: The library of the Hagley Museum retains extensive
company records and personal correspondence from the Reading Co. and
Society: The Heidelberg Heritage Society in western Berks
County, PA has acquired and is currently restoring the Reading Railroad
passenger station in Wernersville, PA.
Lehigh Valley Railroad:
One site covering this railroads’ history. Links to many other
sites with info.
Livonia, Avon, and Lakeville
RR: LALRR owns two ex-Reading ALCO C424’s.
Railroad Association-Philadelphia Division: Philadelphia
Division of the Mid-Eastern Region (MER) of the National Model Railroad
Association. A number of its members are also RCT&HS members, modeling
the Reading and other anthracite roads.
New Hope & Ivyland
RR: NHIR operates steam and diesel excursions and some
freight over 17 miles of surviving Reading Co. trackage.
North Carolina Transportation
Museum: Rosters 5 operable ex-Reading coaches used for
East Rails: Clint Chamerlin’s excellent resource
of northeastern Pennsylvania railroading, including photos, maps, rosters,
schedules. Includes Reading
Center: The convention center’s Grand Hall is the
former Reading Terminal trainshed.
and Transportation website for the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia.
Includes articles on Regional Commuter Rail and the Center City Commuter
Tunnel, which connected Reading Terminal with the Pennsy’s Suburban
Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society: Owner
of sister FP7 unit #903.
Reading Co. Forum: Reading Railroad on-line discussion
Reading: Scanner frequencies, hotbox detector locations,
schedules and maps for the Reading area along with photo locations that
are rated by their ease of accessibility, train density and photogenic
quality. Also has a fallen flags section that includes archival Reading
shots from the mid 70’s.
Stan Feldman’s Railpix photo gallery includes numerous pictures
of Reading equipment. Some of the photos are of our equipment and some
of SEPTA’s ex-Reading stuff.
in St. Clair: Great info about the history of railroads
in the St. Clair, PA area. Also features a separate
section on the Reading’s once extensive St. Clair yards.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania:
Home of Reading shop switcher 0-6-0T #1251, Reading café-parlor
car #1189, Crusader trainset observation-coach car #1 and other misc.
RDG Co. artifacts.
Reading Co. Forum: Another Reading Railroad on-line discussion
and Communications: Jeff Seidel's personal collection of
CTC machines, signals, model boards, relays, etc. Includes photos and
descriptions of a few Reading items.
Reading #2124 Restoration
Effort: A site to generate support for restoration of Reading
T-1 steam locomotive #2124, which currently resides at Steamtown National
Park in Scranton, PA.
Reading & Northern : Benefactor and friend to the RCT&HS. Operates many
miles of ex-Reading trackage as well as the passenger excursions at
Railroad Museum of Long Island:
RMLI has an ex-Reading motorcar in their collection.
Railroad Page: Josh Musser’s excellent companion
site on the Reading Railroad, complete with photos, equipment rosters
and other helpful info.
Railroad Photo Archives: Reading Railroad pics taken in
the 70’s and 80’s by the late Robert Rinker. Some great
vintage and unique photos!
Reading Society of Model Engineers:
Website of the Reading Society of Model Engineers.
Steamtown National Park:
Home of Reading T-1 steam locomotive #2124.
Built in 1874, this historic ex-RDG station was saved from the brink
of demolition and now serves as a restaurant and heritage center.
The Reading Modeler:
Tom Jacobs and Darrell Hensley’s web site featuring much useful
prototype and model information/photos for those modeling the Reading.
A must see for serious Reading fans!
Road: America’s oldest shortline railroad and one
of the premiere rail tourist operations in the country. Operates ex-RDG
business car #10 and immaculately restored P &R coach #92 "Susquhanna."
Wanamaker, Kempton &
Southern RR: The WK&S operates steam/diesel excursions
over a small segment of the former Reading’s Schuylkill &
Lehigh Branch. Rosters a handful of ex-Reading coaches.
West Chester Railroad:
Operates diesel-powered excursions out of West Chester, PA over SEPTA
R2 line with ex-Reading MU car coaches.
GroupsAnthracite Railroads: List dedicated to discussing
the railroads that served the anthracite region of Pennsylvania including
Railroading in General
Memorial Museum & Horseshoe Curve
- East Broad Top Railroad:
The best unofficial website with information on this amazing PA historical
Dancer: Some very good information of rail speeders (track
cars), including the types used by the Reading. Many images, so pages
take a while to load.
Rails-to-Trails: Website of PA Rails to Trails program, including
data on all rail lines in Pennsylvania, both abandoned and not!
- Railfan.net: Host
for many railroad forums, photo archives, videos and links.
Good source of railroad news, events, photos, articles and forums. Info
on many northeast railroads/shortlines.
- Railway Preservation News:
An electronic newsmagazine and discussion board related to rail preservation.
Excellent resource for all those interested in anything old with steel
wheels! Discussion board is second to none for heavy rail preservation-related
Neat or Useful Sites
Engine Museum: One of Pennsylvania’s most fascinating
museums for the mechanically interested (and probably one of its least
known). The museum, near Punxsutawney, has an incredible selection of
engines, from the very small to the enormous. Consider visiting for their
fall open house.
- Delaware Valley Association of Rail
Passengers: Advocate group committed to the cost-effective
improvement and expansion of passenger rail and transit service in the
Delaware Valley and surrounding region.
Historical & Museum Commission: Information on PA history.
Discussion of PA industrialization includes coal mining, railroading,
labor relations, etc.
- Reading Anthracite:
One of the largest (if not the largest) surviving coal companies
in "the Regions" shares roots with the Reading Railroad in the
Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Co.