“The Pennypacker Express”

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Pennypacker Express: Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic Sites

This is ‘The Pennypacker Express’. What is it?

Some of you are saying, “It is probably a passenger train? Many passenger trains have the name ‘Express’.”

So, you think that ‘The Pennypacker Express’ is a passenger train? What if you were wrong about what you are thinking? What if ‘The Pennypacker Express’ was something completely different?

Well, you do not have to answer those questions because ‘The Pennypacker Express’ is a passenger train, but it was not just any passenger train. It was the personal transportation of Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker. Who was Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker? He served as the governor of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania from 1903 to 1907. ‘The Pennypacker Express’ was how he traveled between the state capital of Harrisburg to his summer home, Pennypacker Mills. It consisted of a locomotive and two passenger…

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