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Old Line Museum celebrates Ma & Pa Railroad Month

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9:23 AM EDT, May 30, 2012

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All rails, trails and highways will again this June lead to the Old Line in Delta, Pa., for the 37th annual presentation of Ma & Pa Railroad Month.

The Old Line Museum, 602 Main St. in Delta, will present Ma & Pa Railroad Month each Sunday during June from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The famous short line returns to life through photos, memorabilia, drawings, scale models and oral accounts of its history.

As in past years, the exhibit will feature the well-known J.E. Murphy Collection of photos, drawings, maps and memorabilia relating to the Maryland & Pennsylvania RR.

The J.E. Murphy Collection will be on display each Sunday. It is one of the largest and most complete private collections of material relating to the Ma & Pa Railroad known to exist. It is also one of the most interesting and best attended events on the museum's schedule. The Murphy Collection will be augmented by material from other guests' collections and by "how to" clinics for the benefit of model railroaders.

Also featured this year will be newly acquired material relating to Bynum and Forest Hill just before the turn of the 20th Century. Murphy's collection contains earlier material going back as far as the 1870s. Even though the Ma & Pa has vanished, many towns along its route that it helped to create still flourish; a testimony to the important part that is played in the development of Baltimore and Harford counties in Maryland and York County in Pennsylvania.

The 2012 Ma & Pa Railroad Month schedule is:

June 6: Donald Jones, owner of one of the largest and most complete private collections of Ma & Pa memorabilia and photos will display and talk with visitors about his collection. Walter Holloway, who is familiar with the Bynum and Forest Hill areas, will show photos and historical records, including Ma & Pa documents from the turn of the 20th Century. He is also knowledgeable of the railroad in Bel Air and will also talk about that part of the line.

June 10: Richard Bradley, a nationally published writer, will display and talk about Castle Fin, Pa., and the railroad models he has built of that part of the Ma & Pa. Joseph Bower, an expert railroad modeler, will display some of his scratch built scale models of Ma & Pa railroad cars and locomotives.

June 17: Nick Paulter, the group's first and only junior member, will amaze visitors with knowledge of the Ma & Pa and his ability to build accurate scale models of some of the buildings along the line. He will bring with him some of the models of Ma & Pa stations he has built. Mike Schmitz will continue his model railroad clinics relating to the building of scale structures and trees for the model railroad.

June 24: David Baur returns to the museum to display his collection of Ma & Pa Railroad maps, including those of the Peach Bottom region. He will also talk of the railroad's unfulfilled ambition to cross the Susquehanna River and connect with the Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railroad in Lancaster County.

Since a large part of this exhibit changes weekly, it will be possible to return each Sunday and see a new and interesting exhibit. All are urged to attend and participate in this interesting and important part of local history. Visitors are encouraged to bring with them photos and other memorabilia so that others may also have the opportunity to view and enjoy them.

Murphy and his other guests will be available every Sunday to talk with the visitors about all aspects of the Ma & Pa from its very beginning as a narrow gauge railroad in the 1860s, its unfulfilled dream of crossing the Susquehanna River at Peach Bottom to join with the Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railroad in Lancaster County to its sad demise in the 1980s.

There is no admission fee but donations for the upkeep of the museum are greatly appreciated.

For additional information please call 410-592-7491 in Maryland or 717-456-7124 In Pennsylvania.