Saturday turned out to be a double header for us. Our first stop was a visit to the Middletown and Hummelstown RR. Even though no train excursions were on their schedule for the day, we decided to visit anyway. Were we surprised as we pulled in and found that excursions were running that day to support a local Cancer Care group. The M&H, or Milk and Honey Route, is a short line freight business that also runs weekend excursion trains manned by volunteers. The passenger coaches for the excursion trains and the passenger station are maintained by volunteers. They also have a colletion of "Interurban" cars that were used in and around Philadelphia and are waiting to be restored.
For our ride, we were pulled by a restored ALCO S6 in a restored coach for a 5 mile trip along the Schuylkill River. I got to talk to Wendell who is head of track maintenance. I complemented him on how good the road bed looked compared to some we have seen. He told me hurricane Lee had flooded out a portion of the line and was just now being replaced. When completed the M&H will be able to interchange with Norfolk Southern again.
Next was a stroll through their yards. Their other locomotives are General Electric 60 Tonners. These were built as switch engines in the 40's and 50's
THey have a nice consist of vintage "Multiple Unit" coaches that have had their motive units removed. Hopefully we will ride with them again in July for a full excursion.
Next stop was the Reading Railroad Musuem in Hamburg run by the Reading Railroad Technical & Historical Society.
Like so many organizations involved in railroad preservation, these folks are trying desperately to save what they have been able to acquire. Like most of the preservation society's, they depend on donations, grants, but most importantly volunteers. There are no rides here but it sure would have been fun to take a run in that RDC car in the lower middle. The Reading was one of the major lines to use these cars in commuter service in the Philadelphia area. As a kid i remember seeing them on the Reading Seashore Lines in NJ.
i hope you've enjoyed sharing our adventures in railroading. The next station stop will be at the Amtrak Station in Providence RI on Thursday. So stay tuned.