Port Clinton Treasures

Port Clinton Transportation Museum
Penn and Clinton Streets
Port Clinton, Pennsylvania

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).

“Bruiser the Cruiser” poses in front of the Molino Station.

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.

 

 

–  Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

–  Reading & Northern Railroad

–  Port Clinton is also an Appalachian Trailhead