RDG FP7 Perkasie Station

Watercolor… Reading Railroad EMD FP7 #902… stopped southbound at the Perkasie Train Station. My uncle, Woodrow Wilson Benner held the Railroad Express Agency contract in Perkasie and the contract to carry mail between the Post Office and the train station, from about 1938, until 1958.
Through the early to mid 40’s, this work was considered essential war service. On some Saturdays, I rode along with my cousin John and
“Uncle Woody”, meeting the train and helping to load and unload mail bags on and off of the baggage car. A few years later… Beasley’s Restaurant
opened across the street. Great fun for a young lad such as I… But… I digress… On July 1, 1963, The Reading Railroad ended U.S. Postal Service contracts for mail transport on passenger trains, with a transition to Budd RDC self-propelled cars, and that… was pretty much the end of head-end locomotive passenger trains on the Lansdale – Bethlehem line… ok… except for the odd occasion of a heavyweight FP7 Push-pull consist, to keep the rail polished. On which I did have the opportunity to ride when I worked in Philly and passenger service on this line still reached Bethlehem. Reading #902 and #903 are presently on display at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Size of Painting: 14" x 20" ... a giclee print is 9x12" on 11x14" paper.

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