• Reading (PA) Transportation Museum

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

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  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
If anybody cares,talks are underway for property in Reading,Pa. which includes some very interesting sites,for the new, Reading transportation museum.

  by Otto Vondrak
 
Do you have more details? Is this a project of the Reading Tech group?
  by jrevans
 
Any update on this? I've been curious since the original posting...
  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
Google "Franklin st station channel 69 news" for a report we did with them.
  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
if you cannot find it type..."funding for franklin street station" .........you can play a clip from 69 news also.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
What is Channel 69? Where is Franklin Street? I'm not from the area, so I don't know what you're talking about. Can you please post the link? Google search turns up nothing but this thread. Thanks!!

-otto-
  by jrevans
 
Otto Vondrak wrote:What is Channel 69? Where is Franklin Street? I'm not from the area, so I don't know what you're talking about. Can you please post the link? Google search turns up nothing but this thread. Thanks!!

-otto-
Otto,
He's talking about the Franklin Street Station in Reading, PA. Here's a picture of the station:
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There have been funds earmarked for it's preservation / restoration:
http://www.earmarks.omb.gov/2008-earmar ... 47785.html

BARTA is involved:
http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=109792

But I'm not sure what the "Reading Transportation Museum"'s involvement is with it, if any.
  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
Reading Transportation Museum's involvement dates back to application to the Federal Govt. for funding. BARTA needed a partner to rehab the station in order to qualify. At this time, RTM may or may not be chosen to work on this project.
  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
The Reading Transportation Museum has been informed the Franklin Street project is moving ahead. We should be hearing a major announcement in about a month or so. RTM plans on operating a small museum in the station. Robert Gottschall
  by gp80mac
 
I hope the project includes money for razor wire and armed guards. That is not exactly in the best neighborhood, and there's no way I'd ever go to that ghetto. LAst train I took through there ended up with a busted windshield from the fine locals hurling rocks.
  by AndyB
 
Are the shop buildings just south of the Franklin St. Station going to be part of this project?

See : Reading Station and shops
  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
We have that in mind,the great OLD shops. We also have a plan B which takes in the NEW shop areas. Really cannot tell too much more. Thanks for that link, Andy
  by Otto Vondrak
 
RDGTRANSMUSEUM wrote:We have that in mind,the great OLD shops. We also have a plan B which takes in the NEW shop areas. Really cannot tell too much more. Thanks for that link, Andy
So when will you be able to tell us more, because I'm not a Reading guy and I have no clue what is being discussed.
  by RDGTRANSMUSEUM
 
We are expecting to find out more in about 1 month,according to reports. The Feds are supposed to help the project,some money has already been secured. I wish I had more info to report. To see the area and the station,scroll up and click on the link to live search maps that AndyB posted.The big red brick building was an old locomotive shop of the Phila.& Reading railroad. The grey building north of that is the Franklin st. station and sheds. This is our project,to have a small museum in it. The big red building has been offered in the past. Now,If you go directly north on live search maps,10-15 city blocks,(follow tracks),you will get to the new(1901-08) RDG Co. shop complex,which is north of Spring street ,to the west bounded by 6th street. This also being looked at for a museum site.The propery is split down the middle owner wise, with the east side belonging to Norfolk southern who will not sell. Believe me, I have tried to talk them into it. Hope this helps.