“Take a Ride on the Reading!”

The Reading Railroad operated in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and ran several named passenger trains. The most famous was the streamlined, stainless-steel “Crusader,” which had operated between Philadelphia and Jersey City since 1937. Some of the other named trains in the fleet included the “Harrisburg Special” between Jersey City and Harrisburg, the “King Coal” between Philadelphia and Shamokin, Pennsylvania, the “North Penn” between Philadelphia and Bethlehem, the “Queen of the Valley” between Jersey City and Harrisburg, the “Schuylkill” between Philadelphia and Pottsville, and the streamlined “Wall Street” between Philadelphia and Jersey City. The Reading also jointly operated the “Interstate Express” with the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, with service between Philadelphia and Syracuse, New York. This service began in the 1920s and lasted until 1955.


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