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The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to collect and preserve the history of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad in personal recollections, photographs, documents, memorabilia, and models. We seek to promote the discovery, enjoyment, and modeling of this railroad!

A number of Society members are model railroaders. Many of our publications, drawings and sale items are geared toward the modeler. The Society is an independent group affiliated with the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).

(The NMRA is not responsible for the actions or publications of The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Society.)


Click on the links to your left and discover more about the railroad, our Society, the merchandise that we have for sale, news about the railroad, Society events, and links to other sites related to the Ma & Pa, our members, and railroading.

Latest News

Society's Annual Meeting

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Society's annual meeting will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the community room of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Ronks, Pennsylvania 17572. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the business meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. Members are encouraged to bring Ma & Pa related items to display, and the Company Store will be open for business in the back of the room.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., after a break for lunch, Rudy Fischer will show 10 or less (as many as time will allow) 30 minute DVD’s that contain different “Rails Around York” television shows, that featured subjects and personal interviews with former employees and historians related to the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad. These “Rails Around York” TV shows were hosted by Larry Keller & his wife Rojean, and were broadcast on York Community Access TV (YCAT) from 1988 through 1993.

(program subject to change)


Red Lion Train Station Model Railroad Open House
April 23 & 24, 2014, 6-9:00pm

The Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders are holding an Open House of their expanding 3-rail O Gauge model railroad layout on Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 evenings from 6:00-9:00pm.

The layout is located in the historic Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad’s Red Lion Train Station at 73 N. Main St. (PA Rt. #24, one block north of center square) Red Lion, PA 17356.

Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.


Society Releases New Locomotive Book

A brand new book from the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Society titled "Steam Locomotives of Ma & Pa", that was compiled by Walter R. Holloway, is now in stock ready to be purchased.

This 224 page, 8-1/2" x 11" book is filled with data and photos (some in color) for all of the steam engines used on the railroad from the beginning in 1874 on the Peach Bottom, through to George Hart’s excursion trips in the mid-1960’s.

A cover shot of the book can be viewed, and the book can be purchased, on our merchandise page.


"Mister Ma & Pa" Charles T. Mahan, Jr. Passes Away

On Friday, April 26, 2013, the Ma & Pa world was shocked by the news of the passing of the long time unofficial historian of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Charles T. "Charlie" Mahan, Jr. Charlie was 88 years old, and while many were aware that he had been in steadily declining health for the last several years, getting the news was still shocking.

We invite you to visit our tribute page to Charlie Mahan to read more about this great man.



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