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Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad comes to life at museum

Delta, in Southern York County, Pennsylvania, will soon be the place to be for Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad fans when the Old Line Museum continues its tradition of bringing this famous and well-loved rail line back to life and all of its former glory each Sunday in June by photographs, memorabilia and tales of years gone bye. This will be the 38th year the museum has so honored this famous short line.

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Month, as it is known to its many loyal followers, began in the Peach Bottom Rail Way Station on Bond Street in Delta, Pa., in 1976, the year that the Old Line Museum was founded. It began as a single Sunday afternoon exhibit, but because of its instant popularity and the popularity of the railroad, it soon became the museum's most popular and best attended attraction. This year it will be open on the five Sundays in June.

Ride the rails and enjoy this display by visiting the many towns along its route through photos, memorabilia and the many stories visitors tell of their experiences relating to the Ma & Pa.

Model Railroaders will also want to attend as there will be scale models of the locomotives, freight and passenger cars, along with their builders. Other craftsmen will display completed and in-process models of trestles, stations and buildings along the way. All of our craftsmen are well known and respected in their fields of model railroading. Some have been published in national model railroad magazines.

The J.E. Murphy collection of photos relating to the Ma & Pa and its narrow gauge predecessors will be featured again this year. The collection covers the time frame from the 1870s to the end of operations on the Ma & Pa as we knew it.

This year, the Murphy Collection will feature the Maryland Division of the line (from Baltimore to Cardiff) on the first two Sundays and the Pennsylvania Division (from Delta to York) on the third and fourth Sundays. The railroads that merged to form the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad will be featured on the final Sunday. These lines were known as the narrow gauge, or three foot lines.

All exhibitors are proud of their work and will be happy to talk with visitors about them. Questions are welcome and encouraged.

The model railroad clinic has been expanded from last year. On display will be a scratch built or in-process model of the Baldwin station and the various steps in the building process will be explained. There will also be a session on three construction for the model railroad. This was very well received last year.

The Old Line Museum is at 602 Main St., Delta, Pa. It will be open to the public each Sunday in June from 1:30 to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations for the upkeep of the museum are appreciated.

For more information, call 410-592-7491 in Maryland. In Pennsylvania, call 717-456-7124.

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