Planning Your Visit to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum






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Welcome to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum!

The RCT&HS invits you to visit the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum located at 500 S. Third Street in Hamburg, PA. Visitors can see an exclusive video showcasing the Reading Railroad, exhibits about the influence of the Reading Railroad on society, business, technology, and the environment, and shop in our museum store.





Take a Ride on the Reading Exhibit

New exhibit at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum
500 South Third Street, Hamburg PA



March 1 - November 2, 2014 – Take a Ride on the Reading

Artifacts, original paintings, posters, model trains, ephemera from the collection of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society. Be part of a vintage railroad scene.



Take a Ride on the Reading. The exhibit runs from March 1 to November 2, 2014. The exhibit tells the story of the Reading Company's best known passenger trains through a collection of artifacts, photographs, art, and three dimensional models. The exhibit is made up of items from the collection of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society based in Reading, Pa. The Reading's famous Crusader streamlined passenger train is remembered with an original oil painting, several models, a preserved lounge car seat and the Reading diamond logo plate from one of its two steam locomotives. Visitors can hear a recording of the ceremony inaugurating it as the first stream lined train in the eastern United States. Other Reading "name" trains featured are the King Coal, Schuylkill, Wall Street, Interstate Express and the Queen of the Valley. Visitors can have their photographs taken on a preserved coach seat. Learn the important role of rail transportation before the creation of the freeway and the Interstate Highway.



The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 S. Third Street, Hamburg PA. 

Hours are Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays noon to 4 PM.

Admission:  adults $5; seniors (65 +) $4; ages 5-12 $3; children under 5 and active military, free.





The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad played an important role in the winning of the Civil War. This DUAL EXHIBIT shows both the HISTORY OF THE P&R and the ROLE OF THe P&R IN THE CIVIL WAR. Many items will be on exhibit that have been in storage for many years. Please join us for this specail exhibit which is only on display now through Sept 15, 2013

Museum Tours

In addition to the regular weekend hours groups (schools, scouts, civic organizations, etc.) may request weekday tours by contacting Dale Woodland at (215) 723-5848 or Groups must be a minimum of 10 persons and the cost is $3 per person.



The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 South Third Street in Hamburg, PA, approximately 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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For information about what you'll see and experience during your visit to the Museum, click here to view the Exhibits page.


Driving Directions

From Interstate 78 (north of Hamburg): Exit at the PA Route 61 Exit and go SOUTH on Route 61. At the first traffic light, (Grand St) turn LEFT, and continue to a few blocks. Turn right at South, 3rd Street and continue for a few blocks. The Museum is the complex of large brick factory buildings on the right. The entrance door is mid-block. Park anywhere along the street where you aren’t blocking a driveway.


From Interstate 76, PA Turnpike (south of Hamburg): Take Exit 298 (Morgantown) to Interstate 176 North. From I-176, take Route 422 West to Route 222 North. From Route 222, take PA Route 61 heading NORTH from Reading. As you come into the outskirts of Hamburg, watch for the large green "Hamburg" highway sign and bear RIGHT onto the local street as Route 61 curves left just before the traffic light. There is an Arby’s restaurant on the immediate right and a Ford dealership on the right the other side of the traffic light. Proceed on this local street, which becomes Fourth Street, a few blocks and at the Valero gas and convenience store, turn LEFT onto Maple Street. Go one block and turn RIGHT on Third Street. The Museum is the complex of large brick factory buildings on the left (west side of Third Street). The entrance door is mid-block. Park anywhere along the street where you aren’t blocking a driveway.


Hours and Fares

The Museum will be open Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.


Yard Tours are held at the following times:

Saturday 10:30/11:30/12:30/1:30/2:30 

Sunday 12:30/1:30/2:30



• Adults: $5.00
• Seniors (65+): $4.00
• Children (5–12 years): $3.00
• Children (under 5): Free!
• RCT&HS Members: Free! (For information about becoming an RCT&HS member, click here!)


Group Tours

We are happy to offer group tours (schools, scout troops, civic groups, etc.) with a minimum of 10 individuals. The fare for a group tour is $3.00 per person, and tours can be accommodated on weekdays outside of normal Museum operating hours. To request a group tour, please contact Museum Director Dale Woodland at or by phone at (215) 723-5848. We look forward to hosting your group!


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