The Lower Merion Historical Society in collaboration with The Trails End Café
presents a lecture and discussion on the The Reading Railroad
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00pm
Founded in 1833, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, aka, The Reading, was one of the earliest public access railroads in the United States. The Main Line of the Reading Railroad runs the entire length of the river border of Lower Merion. Thus, Lower Merion is unique in being home to two major main lines – The Reading RR and The Pennsylvania RR.
The History of The Reading RR is rarely discussed and scantly recorded in much of our history and yet as the largest business corporation of its time, and the largest railroad corporation at the height of the Age of Railways in the US, the history of the Reading and its influence on America is very worthy of greater notice. By learning more about the Reading, your knowledge and interest in local history as well as American History will be greatly enhanced.
At the Trails End Café at Cynwyd Station, 375 Conshohocken State Road in Bala Cynwyd
Located at the Terminus of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail
This lecture and discussion will be led by Perry Hamilton, Secretary of The Lower Merion Historical Society. Perry, a lifelong resident of Lower Merion & Narberth, has been assigned by The Lower Merion Historical Society to raise awareness of the Reading RR in our local history and develop a library of sources of this subject.