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Transportation Company - Blue Mountain & Reading - Railroad

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Transportation Company - Blue Mountain & Reading - Railroad
Company Name Blue Mountain & Reading
Company Web Site Link
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1983
Final Year of Operation 1990
Termination Reorganized
Successor/Parent Reading Blue Mountain & Northern (Details)
Country United States (Details)
Source of Text Bluford Shops
Text Credit URL Link
Transportation Company - Blue Mountain & Reading - Railroad



Company History: The BMRG was launched in 1983 to take over operation of the 13 mile former Pennsylvania Railroad line from Temple to Hamburg, Pennsylvania. After two years of hauling freight, BMRG began operating tourist trains featuring a former Gulf Mobile & Northern 4-6-2 and a former Reading T-1 class 4-8-4. In 1988 and ’89 BMRG took over operation of a trio of former Reading lines serving Auburn, Topton, Kutztown, Pottstown, Boyertown, Emmaus and Pennsburg. This brought the total length to 44 miles. Traffic included brick, chemicals, coal, feed, food products, gravel, lumber, and transportation equipment. In addition to the two steamers, a pair of E8’s and a trio of RDC’s for the tourist operations, the roster also included an SW7, two CF7’s, three NW2’s and a GP7.

In 1990, the company bought 150 miles of lines in eastern Pennsylvania. Headquarters was moved to Port Clinton and the company was re-organized to become the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad.

Successor/Parent History:
The Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (reporting mark RBMN) (a.k.a. Reading and Northern Railroad) is a regional railroad operating in eastern Pennsylvania.

Originally known as the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad, the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad was founded in 1983 to provide freight service on the former Pennsylvania Railroad Schuylkill Division between Hamburg and Temple, PA. Starting in 1985, the BM&R began operating passenger excursions over the line, and two steam locomotives, ex Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad 4-6-2 425, and Ex Reading Company T-1 4-8-4 2102. The BM&R also began operating 3 additional state owned lines. Additionally, the BM&R entered into a partnership with the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society who leased track space in Leesport, PA and in return leased two diesel locomotives and assorted passenger cars for use on the line.

Brief History:
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Item created by: gdm on 2020-09-07 06:25:48. Last edited by gdm on 2020-09-07 06:26:46

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