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The Reading

Made famous as a name from the Monopoly board, the Reading Railroad (pronounced Red-ding) grew from a 94-mile coal hauling line into a 1,300 mile railroad system in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. For a time in the 19th Century, Reading was the largest corporation in the world. As the coal business declined and truck competition increased, Reading's revenues signficantly declined. Reading entered bankruptcy in 1971 and became a part of Conrail in 1976. Today, segments of the Reading are an important part of the Norfolk Southern and CSX freight networks.

Reading Railroad Online is designed to be a resource of information on the history, equipment and operations of the Reading Company. This site is a constant work in progress. Contributions of material from site visitors are welcomed.
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Notable firsts  
A brief history of the Reading Company.
Diesel Roster
Photos, specs and dispositions of Reading locomotives.
Rolling Stock
Boxcars   Cabooses   Covered Hoppers   Flatcars   Gondolas   Hoppers   Non-Revenue   Miscellaneous     
Photos and information on Reading freight cars and non-revenue equipment.
Routes and Stations
System Maps   Stations   Interlocking Towers   Branches  
The lines operated by the Reading Company, including interactive maps of surviving station and tower locations.
Memorabilia relating to the Reading.
Photo Gallery
A collection of assorted Reading photographs.
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This page last updated on 10 August, 2011.