The Reading Company was the favorite railroad of Allentown, Pennsylvania native Charles Houser, Sr, who filmed throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Steam action includes Reading 4-8-4, 2-8-0, 4-6-2, 2-10-2 and 2-8-8-0s during the late 1940s and 1950s at locations including Tamaqua, Lansdale, East Penn Jct, and Gordon.
Diesel coverage of FTs, F7s, Trainmasters, AS-16s, FAs, RS3s, RDCs, and GP30s continues through the 1950s and 60s at Bethlehem, Allentown, Rutherford, and Perkasie. Included are MU cars on the North Penn Branch, Mack Trucks’ ill-fated New Haven rail bus testing on the Reading, Camelbacks on the Ironton Railroad, a brief look at subsidiary Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, and the last run of the Berkshire doodlebug on April 9, 1949. Rare color and black & white film.