The Reading, Blue Mountain, and Northern Railroad, Port Clinton, PennsylvaniA

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Train at the Outer Station in Reading, Pennsylvania

The city of Reading in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is a city that is commonly associated with the Reading Railroad, a railroad that once ran through much of eastern Pennsylvania. The Reading Railroad is long gone with tracks absorbed by other railroads or have become rail trails. The Reading, Blue Mountain, and Northern Railroad runs freight service through northeastern Pennsylvania, but they also run a passenger train.

Although they are based in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania, the passenger train begins in Reading at a place called the ‘Outer Station’. When you arrive, you see old Number 225 on display next to an old water tower. Sadly, it will not be pulling the train. You also see an old yard tower with the platform down below. The train arrives at the station. You board the train. The train departs. You pass by…

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