Franklin Street Station


The Franklin Street Station served the railroad from 1930 until 1981 when SEPTA diesel service ceased operations. From 1981 until 2013, the building sat vacant until BARTA acquired and refurbished the building for bus services. The plan was to alleviate overcrowded services at the BARTA Transportation Center located about a block away.  –WikipediaRead the rest

Berks County Christmas – Day 22 – Railroad Travel

Before planes were the main means of traveling during the holidays, many people took trains.

Railroad Travel

If you traveled as a passenger on the Reading Railroad, it would have been in a car like the one pictured below:

Railroad Travel

Did you ever use the railroads to travel for the holidays?… Read the rest

Spring Street Subway

In 1909, the city leaders celebrated with much fanfare the opening of the Spring Street Subway, a rail bridge that eliminated a dangerous Reading Railroad crossing – first for pedestrians and later for cars.

The Reading Railroad was well established in the area before city engineers considered building the subway.

So to construct it,

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Swinging Bridge to Reading’s Outer Station

The Swinging Bridge - Reading Outer Station

Built in 1874 by the same firm that designed the Brooklyn Bridge, Reading’s rail bridge was heavily used by pedestrians to get over the train yard to Reading’s Outer Station. According to this Reading Eagle article,

The Outer Station, which stood off North Sixth Street, handled passenger and freight service on Reading Company lines.

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The Orange Car – Produce Stand

The Orange Car was a fresh fruit and produce business along the waterfront. It was located at 30 N Front Street, at the intersection of Front and Washington. It was right down from Stichter Hardware and Schindlebeck’s Coal Yard. All kinds of fresh fruit and produce were brought here from Florida by rail. As you … Read the rest