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Wednesday November 21st 2018

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Observes Annual “PENNSY” Days

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Strasburg, Lancaster County, PA-The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania spotlights the rich and fascinating heritage of the Pennsylvania Railroad, once the world’s largest corporation, during the annual Pennsy Days program on Friday, June 3, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2011.

Pennsy Days features original work by railroad artists, historical presentations, access to various locomotives and railroad cars, operating scale model railroads and other special displays for Museum visitors to enjoy. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses the world’s most important collection of original Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives and rolling stock, as well as smaller trackside equipment and other artifacts. Visitors may climb aboard to experience a number of locomotives and railroad cars in the Museum’s vast Rolling Stock Hall, as well as in the outdoor yard, conditions permitting.

Featured displays slated for Pennsy Days include, to date:
Railroad art and photography by James R. Rose, Peter Lerro Jr and F&S Imagery
O scale model operating layout by the Lower Susquehanna Valley Model Railroaders
HO scale model operating layout by the Harrisburg chapter, National Railway Historical Society

HO scale model operating layout by the Strasburg Model Railroaders
Restored 1950 F-1 pickup truck in Pennsy livery by Ken Briers
Railroad signaling displays by Philip O. Ritter and Paul Wills

Special featured presentations scheduled for Pennsy Days include, to date:
“Pennsylvania Railroad Advertising & Poster Art” by author Michael Zega. Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

“The Lingering Presence of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Central Pennsylvania: 1967 to the Present” by author Jeremy Plant. Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society, Philadelphia chapter meeting. Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
“The Wreck of the Red Arrow: An American Train Tragedy” by author Dennis McIlnay. Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
“Remembering the Pennsylvania Railroad” by author Kenneth Springirth. Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Authors Michael Zega, Jeremy Plant, Dennis McIlnay and Kenneth Springirth will be available for at least one hour after their respective presentations to sign their books, which may be purchased in the Whistle Stop Shop museum store.

The Pennsylvania Railroad’s historic Middle Division between Mifflin and Lewistown, Pennsylvania is depicted in an impressive, operating HO scale layout in the Museum lobby. Visitors also will enjoy the “Rail Traffic Control: Managing the Crossroads of Commerce” exhibit in the Museum’s second floor gallery, which includes a simulated rail traffic operation and illustrates the history of railroad technical operations through photographs, artifacts and video from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s vast collections.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s popular and delightful Stewart Junction railway education center offers hands-on activities for young railroaders and the young at heart. The Whistle Stop Shop museum store carries an impressive array of railroading merchandise including books, DVDs, prints, clothing, exclusive gifts and collectibles.

Children will receive a coloring sheet featuring the Museum’s Pennsylvania Railroad K4s steam passenger locomotive No. 3750, compliments of the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, during Pennsy Days. Pennsy Days activities are included in the regular Railroad Museum admission and may be subject to change without notice. Proceeds from Pennsy Days benefit important Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania preservation, education and interpretive programs.

Due to the current installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the visitor parking lot is closed. Visitors may park conveniently and free of charge across the street at the Strasburg Rail Road. Visit www.strasburgpa.com, www.padutchcounty.com or www.visitpa.com or call 1(800)PADUTCH or 1(800)VISITPA, for information on area lodging, dining, shopping, heritage sites and museums and other attractions.

The official railroad museum of the Commonwealth, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is located on PA Route 741 in Strasburg, Lancaster County, approximately 10 miles east of Lancaster, in the heart of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch country.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, with the active support of the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 687-8628 or visit www.rrmuseumpa.org for information on the Museum’s collection, operations and programs. You may also find the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania on Facebook

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