Special Exhibit Series
The Museum regularly hosts exhibits depicting railroad art and photography as well as related railroad materials. These are typically presented in the second floor gallery and run for a number of months.
Railroads not only have attracted many fans, but have drawn the attention of skilled artists and photographers.
Safety First! The Evolution of Railroading Safety Practices
April 23 - December 31, 2016
With the frantic pace of early railroad construction in America, safety concerns often took a backseat to profit and expansion. Inevitably, accidents happened more frequently as trains became heavier and faster, and as traffic steadily increased. Not surprisingly, the number of injuries and deaths also soared among workers — the very people charged with building, maintaining and operating the railroads. This exhibit will examine several railroad jobs and how emerging technologies and practices sought to improve the safety of workers. Regular Museum hours. Included in the regular Museum admission.
GG1 No. 4800
Saturday, April 25, 2015 through Thursday, December 31, 2015.
This locomotive was the first in a series of highly successful electric locomotives used on what is now the Northeast Corridor and the line west to Harrisburg.
From 1934 to 1943, the Pennsylvania Railroad acquired 139 GG1 locomotives. Probably the best-known of the class is the first, No. 4800, affectionately known as "Old Rivets," seen above at an earlier time in the Museum yard. It is now slated for restoration.
No. 4800 has had a long history and has seen many changes to its appearance, as seen above while in service. This exhibit will survey the career of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's own No. 4800 through photographs and artifacts.
Listed as nationally significant and eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, No. 4800 was designated a "National Engineering Landmark" by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1983.
The museum also houses No. 4935, a fully restored GG1, now on display in Railroaders Hall. Old Rivets is next in line at the museum for cosmetic restoration, once work on PRR No. 460 is complete. Donations to assist in the restoration of Old Rivets are welcome and may be made here.
Regular Museum hours. Included in the regular Museum admission.