The Outer Station, Reading, PA, circa 1900.
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Outer Station at Reading (color postcard)

Credit: Courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

After completing its takeover of the Pennsylvania anthracite industry in 1875, the Reading Railroad became the largest anthracite carrier in the world. The company shops in the town of Reading employed thousands of workers who kept the trains running and the track in good repair. In 1877 they joined other railroad workers across the state in the great strike. Located near the rail shops, the Reading Railroad's Outer Station was situated at the junction of the Reading's main line and route west to Harrisburg.

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