Reading Trains and Trolleys (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Reading Trains and Trolleys (Images of Rail)

Rail transportation has been part of daily life in Reading sincethe 1830s. Reading Trains and Trolleys portrays the good old daysof the Philadelphia & Reading Railway (reorganized as theReading Company in 1923), the Schuykill Valley Division of thePennsylvania Railroad, the Mount Penn Gravity Railroad, theNeversink Mountain Railroad, the Reading City Passenger Railway,and the Reading Traction Company. The Reading Railroad gainedwidespread recognition as a property for sale on the Monopolyboard, but the history of trains and trolleys in Reading goes wellbeyond that iconography. Reading Trains and Trolleys documents theimpact of railroad and trolley networks on Reading and adjoiningcommunities, including photographs of the interior of thelocomotive shop and the carbarn at Tenth and Exeter Streets, viewsof the Walnut Street yard before and after the Outer Station wasconstructed, and views from the Swinging Bridge, which spanned theyard by the Outer Station. The Historical Society of Berks County'scollection of rail photographs includes many never-before-publishedimages of diverse scenes in and around Reading.Philip K. Smith grew up in the village of Berne along the mainline of the Reading Company. He is a member of the Hawk MountainChapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the TrainCollectors Association. He has written and edited Greenberg'sguides for toy trains as well as articles for The Historical Reviewof Berks County, O Gauge Railroading, and Classic Toy Trains.