Last September, when I left the the Hamburg-er Festival, I decided to meander around a bit before heading home. I’m glad that I did! Not only did I accidentally happen upon the Port Clinton Peanut Shop, I also found The Port Clinton Transportation Museum (operated by the Northern Berks-Southern Schuylkill Historical Association).
The museum wasn’t open when I stopped by; but I did get to see these tiny stations that were once part of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. The P&R was primarily constructed to transport coal from the mines in northeastern Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. (read more about the fascinating history of the P&R in the links at the end of this post).
According to Dan West’s Pennsylvania Stations Past & Present website, the stations were moved to the museum in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
I love the birdhouse on the roof of this station.
A peek through the window of the Port Clinton Station. Notice the super-artsy reflection of my camera, which was totally on purpose … or, ummm, something like that 🙂
Prior to the popularity of rail transport, interconnected man-made canals in and along the Schuylkill River proved a transportation route through the area. Port Clinton is now home to a section of the Historic Tow Path Trail along the Schuylkill River. The trail follows the riverbank and takes hikers past/through several canal locks. Just behind the museum’s station houses is a section of a canal “lock”. (click sign to enlarge and read text)
I’m not sure what this little guy below is. The emblem is Atlantic Refining Company – so it was for oil or gasoline I assume. Can anyone identify what it is exactly? * mystery solved … see comments below.
If you go …
I believe the museum’s hours vary. If you’d like to take a peek inside the museum call the Northern Berks-Southern Schuylkill Historical Association (610-562-9383) for dates/times.