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More than 400 attend train event at church

Posted 3/15/17

More than 430 people attended the Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society’s 31st annual Railroad Show and Collectors Market, which took place at the Fellowship Hall, First Church of …

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More than 400 attend train event at church

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More than 430 people attended the Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society’s 31st annual Railroad Show and Collectors Market, which took place at the Fellowship Hall, First Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown, on Saturday, March 11.

Train fans and memorabilia collectors came to visit 45 vendors occupying 100 tables, view operating model trains, and watch vintage railroad movies.

Historian Ken Springirth of Erie gave a one-hour talk on Philadelphia trolleys, and Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad had a photo exhibit of operations on its line.

In the morning, state Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, whose district includes Middletown, circulated through the show accompanied by a Harrisburg Chapter docent.

Harrisburg Chapter, one of over 135 chapters of the National Railway Historical Society, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to studying railroad history and preserving significant local railroad artifacts.

Major projects include: maintaining Pennsylvania’s official electric locomotive and preserving and operating Harris Tower in Harrisburg. For more, go to www.harristower.org.

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