Sinking Spring Area Historical Society and Heritage Park

The Sinking Spring Area Historical Society and Heritage Park began in 1977 when the Society was organized.  In 1978, the Save Our Station Committee organized for the purpose of saving the former Sinking Spring Station and Freight House.  Today the combined organization is dedicated to preserving the area’s history and maintaining the historic buildings in Heritage Park. 

Sinking Spring Aarea Historical Society
This vintage view was taken in the early 1900’s of the Sinking Spring Station at its original location near the Railroad House Hotel.
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Penn Street Bridge History

Penn Street Bridge History
Penn Street Bridge History

This photograph of Reading, Pennsylvania was taken around the turn of the 20th century from Leinbach’s Hill in West Reading. Pictured in the foreground is the third Penn Street Bridge crossing the Schuylkill River. Across the bridge and to the left is the Pennsylvania Railroad station. A large big portion of Leinbach’s Hill, including the area the photographer was standing while taking this photo was removed when the cloverleaf on/off ramps were constructed for the West Shore Bypass in 1962.… Read Full Article

Train Derailment Wyomissing

Train Derail Wyomissing 1977
  • Train Derail Wyomissing 1977
  • Train Derail Wyomissing 1977
  • Train Derail Wyomissing 1977
  • Train Derail Wyomissing 1977
  • Train Derail Wyomissing 1977

Photos Courtesy of Jere Stamm

On Sunday morning, December 4th, 1977, 26 cars of a Conrail freight train derailment occured in Wyomissing right near the intersection of Clayton and Penn Avenue. The train was bound for Bethlehem from Harrisburg, and was carrying coal.

Workmen this morning were still clearing away the tangled metal and spilled coal that resulted from the derailment of 26 cars of a 125-car Conrail train Sunday morning in Wyomissing.Read Full Article