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Old blue Conrail caboose in Red Lion to receive a good sandblasting – and a coat of red paint

Linked in/Neat stuff: Digging under York’s train station/George Sheets’ book coming out in fall
Crews prepare to move the old Conrail caboose stored near Dallastown to the Red Lion train station. The late-1940s or early 1950s cab has been sitting in Markey Trucking’s yard since 2009. It’s not in good condition and needs a good sandblasting, a Red Lion Historical Society member told the York, Pa., Daily Record. And yes, it will be painted red, as in Red Lion. (See additional photos below). Also of interest:  Blue caboose in Red Lion? ‘Yes sir – it’s gonna be red.’


A second big piece of equipment is moving through York County today on its way to Glatfelter in Spring Grove. (Click on the photos, above, to make larger).



Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

Ever wonder what’s inside those boathouses along the Schuykill River as you enter Philadelphia? The website BillyPenn.com posted several photographs with a story to show you.

Anna Orso was the writer of this piece. She is a Central York High School and Penn State grad.


Coming in the fall: Sheets new book

yorkpa Well-known York County history writer Georg Sheets has a book coming out in October from Arcadia Publishing. It’s called ‘York.’ Here’s a description from Arcadia: ‘York experienced great changes following World War II. People began moving from the city to the suburbs, and many department stores, like Bear’s, Wiest’s, Jack’s, and Gregory’s, closed. Long-standing companies such as AMF and York Air Conditioning were sold or moved, while banks, industries, and businesses merged. The York County Shopping Center opened on the East End, attracting customers who had formerly shopped downtown. WSBA TV went on the air in 1952, starting a new era in communication and a business empire that still has a strong presence today. The band Live grew from a group of local high school students to well-known musicians that graced the cover of Rolling Stone. Jeff Koons became one of the most celebrated artists in the world, Kim Bracey became the first African American mayor, and York businessman Tom Wolf became governor. York continues to celebrate its rich heritage as the “Factory Capital of the World.” ‘


At the York train station: The dig underneath Nails, pieces of pipe, broken ceramic and an oyster shell are among the items found by York Suburban rising junior Alan Countess, 16, and York College adjunct professor and anthropologist Ben Luley in the basement of the former Northern Central Railroad Passenger Depot as of Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Because of the shallowness of the surface soil, Luley doesn't anticipate finding much beyond the glass fragments, coins, nails and other odds and ends they have already found. Some of the artifacts found in the basement of the 1890s-vintage York train station -nails, pieces of pipe, broken ceramic and an oyster shell. The surface soil is shallow so anthropologist Ben Luley doesn’t believe they’ll find much more. Frank Countess, who owns the old Northern Central Railway Station wants to renovate the building back to its original look, according to the York, Pa., Daily Record. Here’s a photo gallery from the dig.


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Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Friday, June 12, 2015