Why the Pennsylvania Railroad?
The PRR was once the largest railroad company in the world. Founded in 1846, its tracks reached 13 states and served what was once the industrial heartland of the U.S. It provided the transportation necessary for the world’s largest economy to thrive and prosper. Its services helped the country fight a Civil War and every major conflict since.
The PRR had more track miles, more trains, more locomotives, more electrified trackage, carried more passengers and freight, and had more employees than any other railroad. Although it ceased to exist in 1968, its history, most of its right-of-way, many of its structures, and many examples of its cars and locomotives live on.
The story of the PRR is a significant part of the story of America. It is worthy of study, interpretation, and preservation.