The Railroad Show and Collectors Market sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will take place Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harrisburg Chapter Of The National Railway Historical Society Sets Show Date
In a new location, the show will be held at the First Church of God on 245 W. High St., Middletown, Pa.. In its 31st year, the event will feature model railroads, railroadiana, train layouts in several gauges, movies, and a test track.
Trolley historian Ken Springirth will present an illustrated talk titled Philadelphia Area Trolleys. His presentation will start at 11 a.m. Since 1959, Springirth has been researching, photographing, and collecting information on railroad and trolley car lines in the United States and abroad. He is the author of 32 books on trains and trolleys, such as Southeastern Pennsylvania Trolleys, Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys, Philadelphia Electrified Rail Lines, Pennsylvania's Trolley Heritage, and Trolleys of Pennsylvania. He is the son and grandson of trolley motormen of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Donation at the door is $5, with free admission for youngsters under the age of 12. Proceeds benefit the chapters ongoing preservation projects.
A snack bar is on the premises.
Harris Tower, the chapters restored 1931 Pennsylvania Railroad interlocking tower featuring the original electro-pneumatic levers now linked to a computer for simulated action, will be open for visitors to view. There is free admission to the tower, located at 637 Walnut St., Harrisburg, Pa.
The Harrisburg Chapter, one of over 135 chapters of the National Railway Historical Society, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to studying railroad history and preserving significant local railroad artifacts. Major projects include maintaining Pennsylvanias official electric locomotive (GG-1 # 4859) and preserving and operating Harris Tower.
To learn more, contact Sloan Auchincloss at 717-439-9744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.