Category Archives: Pennsylvania Railroad

York’s Joe the Motorist Friend was the place to buy Lionel trains

The full page ad from Joe the Motorist Friend (see below) is almost exclusively for Lionel trains, a specialty of the Joe’s stores. The address at the bottom of this ad and the toy ad in my last post, both … Continue reading

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York County people flocked to the 1939 World’s Fair

Did anyone in your family visit the 1939 New York World’s Fair? From the souvenirs that I have seen over the years at public sales and antique/collectible malls, usually featuring the Trylon (elongated pyramid) and Perisphere (globe), I figured a … Continue reading

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York’s USO facilities close after World War II ends

More information keeps turning up on USO activities locally during World War II. This undated newspaper article and photograph from the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archive files shows volunteers packing up the canteen at the Pennsylvania Railroad station on North … Continue reading

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York’s Vigilant Fire Engines Collide

Vigilant steam engine Whoops. I guess it is kind of embarrassing if your horse-drawn fire engine runs away, is stopped by a collision with your other engine and has to be people-drawn to the fire. That’s what happened to York’s … Continue reading

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New Railroad Station for York

York passenger station in early 1900s Rail travel was booming in the late 19th century. York’s pre-Civil War passenger station was no longer adequate, so a new one was proposed, incorporating features found in larger cities. New train station plan … Continue reading

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York Welcomes the Freedom Train

York Welcomes the Freedom Train–that’s the title of the 40 page narrative report written for York’s 1948 Freedom Train Committee by Anna Lynch Morris. The cover above shows the streamlined train that carried precious documents of freedom on a nationwide … Continue reading

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The (Railroad) Bridges of York County

Brig. General Herman Haupt I enjoyed the talk on the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Civil War given recently by Ivan E. Frantz, Jr. at the York Civil War Round Table. I was especially impressed by Brig. General Herman Haupt and … Continue reading

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You Could Get There From York County

Dr. William Bigler stars in one of my favorite examples of how easy it was to get just about anywhere from here with the public transportation of over a century ago. At 2:30 p.m. February 5, 1890, Dr. Bigler simply … Continue reading

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Historical Mitigation Comes to York, PA

What is historical mitigation? A simplified example is that when a structure that might have some historical value is demolished, something is done to compensate for that loss. When the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, bounded by George, North, Queen, … Continue reading

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Tragic Good Friday Train Wreck at Glen Rock

The above images from the 1985 York Daily Record story were supplied to the newspaper by Gary L. Klinedinst. A few older folks might still remember the spectacular train wreck at Centerville, just outside of Glen Rock that Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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