Tours

Thursday, May 18th

ironorespecial"Iron Ore Special" -- A RARE MILEAGE RAIL EXCURSION, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society, the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society and the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

RIDE THE RAILS over the Pennsylvania Railroad and Reading Railroad’s Shamokin Valley Branch that the ore trains traveled in the 1940s and 1950s! The 27-mile branch is the third oldest railroad in the United States. Chartered as the Danville & Pottsville Railroad in 1826, it was built to transport coal from the mines of Pennsylvania to river barges in Sunbury and locations to the east.

Our train consist will be a Pullman car, a baggage car, three restored coaches and a PRR N8 cabin car. We will travel generally the same route from Sunbury to Shamokin used by the double-headed I1s in the heyday of PRR steam operations.

This special trip is made possible through the courtesy of the North Shore Railroad and its staff, which now operate portions of the trackage in revenue service under the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority.

We’ll also take time to view the 3,000 square-foot Shamokin Lines
HO scale operating model train layout by the Lower Anthracite Model Railroad Club in Shamokin. The layout contains over 1,400 feet of track, 154 turnouts, scratch-built models of engines and rolling stock and hundreds of scratch-built models of area landmark buildings.

Iron Ore Special Brochure

Iron Ore Special Registration Form

ALERT: As of mid-March, this trip was nearly sold out.

Pennsylvania State Archives Tour -- Limited availability. Shuttle service will be provided by the Radisson, leaving at 8:45 am, and Noon. The shuttle will bring you back at 12:10 pm and 3 pm. On-street pay parking is available.

UPDATE: Pennsylvania State Archives  -- Due to higher than normal patronage expected at the archives the week of our convention, we have cancelled shuttle service from the Radisson. On-street and garage pay parking is available.  We apologize for any inconvenience. The archives will be open during their normal business hours, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - Noon, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Saturday - microfilm only, no original records.)  

Please consult the Archives Patron Guide http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Visit/Pages/Research-Room.aspx for general instructions.  Information on the PRR collection is at https://archon.klnpa.org/psa/?p=collections/classifications&id=1486.  The Baldwin Locomotive Works guide is at https://archon.klnpa.org/psa/?p=collections/classifications&id=1619.  The archives address is 350 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090.

Friday, May 19th

Safe Harbor Dam Tour -- 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Self-drive/carpool. Planning for the construction of the Safe Harbor dam started in 1929 and construction started 1 April 1930. The dam was completed and closed its gates for the first time on 29 September 1931. The first power was generated on 7 December 1931. Two Kaplan turbines connected to single-phase generators produced 25 Hz single-phase electric power for use by the PRR, and those turbine-generators are still used today to power Amtrak and SEPTA. Safe Harbor is 48 miles and about one hour and ten minutes from the Radisson. The facility is currently operated by Brookfield Renwables of Canada. The address is 1 Powerhouse Rd., Conestoga, PA  17516

Sunday, May 21st

HARRIS Tower -- HARRIS tower tours will highlight the recently completed restoration and will feature new telegraph display, opening of the first floor, many new displays and the start of a 24 foot long HO scale diorama of HARRIS Interlocking. Open house, on your own, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 637 Walnut Street, Harrisburg PA 17101.