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Railroading in Pennsylvania

By Linda Tancs

Pennsylvania has a rich railroad history, its Pennsylvania Railroad (the “Pennsy”) having become one of the nation’s most significant railroads. Its affiliated lines connected New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington with Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, Chicago and St. Louis. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania offers visitors a look into the past with its historical displays and more than 100 locomotives and vintage railway cars. Several key pieces of their collection are accessible to the public on a regular basis, including a steam locomotive cab, a caboose and a passenger car. Thanks to a restoration program, the museum has restored many cars to their original appearance. Another highlight is Stewart Junction, housed in a recreated 1915-era freight station. It features a 110-foot, G-scale model railroad switching layout, a LEGO train display and building zone, an operating telegraph and an HO-scale model railroad diorama.


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