The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg received state funding of $ 100,000 to support exterior improvements to the museum, according to Senators David G. Argall (R-Berks / Schuylkill) and Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R- Berks, Carbon & Schuylkill).
“Since the first laying of tracks in 1827, the railroad has inexorably shaped the destiny of our Commonwealth with its unparalleled ability to transport both goods and people,” said Senate Speaker Pat Browne. “The story of Pennsylvania’s rise to economic and industrial prowess cannot be told without the essential element of rail. The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum plays a vital role in conserving and preserving this history, helping future generations to appreciate and understand our collective past. I am proud to help in their mission by working with all of you to secure these funds for the necessary renovations in this museum.
These funds will be used to purchase ties and switch lumber to build 4 tracks in the newly erected Reading Railroad Heritage Museum car protection building. This building will allow a more in-depth interpretation of the cars on display and the signage of the train station and the tour route will be improved. In addition, the washrooms will be enlarged for the thousands of people who attend the museum’s events, tours and educational events each year. Finally, the museum will purchase materials for the construction of a small building resembling Reading Railroad’s Race Street switch tower to display and interpret the artifacts already belonging to the museum from this building.
“I am grateful that these highly competitive funds have been awarded to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum,” said Argall. “The Reading Railway defined the history of our region. I have supported improvements to this important piece of our history from the museum’s earliest days in Hamburg to ensure future generations have the chance to experience the industry that has helped build our communities.
“I am pleased to see this important organization awarded these funds. Grant dollars will help ensure that the rich history of the Reading Railroad continues to be recognized and shared with future generations, ”said State Representative Jerry Knowles.