Freight Car Friday – Freight Cars of Philadelphia

Lionel Trains

This week’s World’s Greatest Hobby travels take us to the City of Brotherly Love. Over the city’s long and rich history, railroads have been as much a part of Philadelphia’s character as the Liberty Bell and cheese steaks. From the 1830s through today, Philadelphia has been as central to the history of railroads as the railroads have been to the city.

The Pennsylvania

It is not by accident, luck or coincidence that the long-time offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad (and later Penn Central and Conrail) were located right across the street from City Hall. The Pennsylvania’s political influence upon the city and Commonwealth were perhaps only overshadowed by its economic contributions.

From 1894 to 1952, the Pennsylvania’s corporate offices were held in the upper floors of the magnificent Broad Street Station. The monumental edifice survived fire in 1923 but couldn’t escape the wrecking ball 30 years later. With most of…

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