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Smart Talk Road Trip of Railroad Museum of PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 22, 2017 8:45 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 23, 2017:

Thursday's Smart Talk is the latest Smart Talk Road Trip -- this one to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has a long history with rail transportation going all the way back to 1809 when a horse-drawn tramway hauled stone between quarries and a seaport near Chester, south of Philadelphia.  It continued a few years later with freight being moved to markets by canals and early steam locomotives.  One day the world's largest company -- the Pennsylvania Railroad -- would be headquartered in Philadelphia.  At one time, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the world's largest publicly traded company and had a budget larger than the United States itself. 

Rail history is part of our discussion with Patrick Morrison, the chief educator with the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Have you ever seen people set up along railroad tracks with cameras?  Often those people are practicing a hobby known as railfanning -- they're interested in many aspects of rail and trains.

Railfan and photographer Brock Kerchner appears on Smart Talk.


Photo by Brock Kerchner

Finally, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is located in Strasburg, Lancaster County near the historic Strasburg Railroad.  A new book called Images of Rail: Strasburg Railroad describes the nation's oldest continuous running railroad in words and photographs.  Co-authors Eric Conner and Steve Barrall join us on the program.

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