Bethlehem Steel Railroading Subject of Program and Book Signing at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum

Jan 23rd, 2012Press Release from Lehigh County Historical Society

PRESS RELEASE                       CONTACT: Joseph Garrera, Executive Director

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum

                                                                                                                        cell: 484-553-2592

                                                                                                             (610) 435-1074, Ext. 19

For Immediate Release                


January 20, 2012


Photographs Attached (captions at bottom of release)



Bethlehem Steel Railroading

Subject of Program and Book Signing at

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum


Allentown, PA – In 1948 Nevin Sterling Yeakel took a job with the Philadelphia Bethlehem and New England Railroad, known fondly to many as the PB&NE.  On Saturday, January 29th at 1:00 pm, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will host Mr. Yeakel as he recounts his history of working on the railroad that was once part of industrial icon Bethlehem Steel.  The announcement was made today by Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.


“This is a fascinating way to remember and honor the history of a company that once commanded world attention,” said Garrera.


Museum officials contend that the best history is told by those who lived through it.  Nevin Yeakel rose through the ranks from Clerk to Yardmaster and finally to Supervisor of Transportation at PB&NE, the railroad subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel that provided rail service to every department of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.


“This is a rare opportunity to meet and hear a man who worked at Bethlehem Steel when steelmaking was flourishing there,” said Garrera.


At the end of his talk, Yeakel will autograph and inscribe copies of his memoir Bethlehem Steel Railroading, published by the Railroad Press of Hanover, Pennsylvania.  Copies of the book are available in the Museum’s gift shop.


Admission to the event is FREE to members, $6.00 for adult non-members, and $3.00 for non-member children.  The program begins at 1:00 p.m.


The program is being held in conjunction with the Heritage Museum’s 4,000 square foot Railroad Exhibit, which re-creates the era when railroads were King.  Visitors will hear the sounds of train whistles and the hiss of steam locomotives while exploring a variety of engaging train activities.  They can test their knowledge of railroad signals or see authentic telegraph equipment formerly used by the LVRR in the early 1900s.  The exhibit includes an authentic LVRR conductor uniform, antique Lionel trains, a wallboard on train hobos, and more than 250 train-related artifacts and relics.  Three large brass locomotive engine bells amaze visitors young and old with their power, presence, and dynamic sound.  On Saturdays in January, Thomas the Tank Engine and his pal Percy will be running non-stop from 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., along with other kid-friendly layouts.  Children can watch numerous model trains running on tracks, do train art, learn railroad signals, or try their hand at a working telegraph system.


The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is a teaching institution that attracts a diverse audience.  Its collections of historical Americana, located at 432 W. Walnut Street in Allentown, include over 35,000 three-dimensional objects, 3 million documents and more than 75,000 vintage photographs.  The Museum is located at 432 W. Walnut Street in Allentown.   Parking is available in the rear of the Museum, on the street, and in nearby lots.  Regular Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, at 484-553-2592 (cell) any time of day or at 610-435-1074. Visit or Facebook.


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NevinYeakel.jpg:  Nevin Sterling, who started working on Bethlehem Steel’s railroad in 1948, will conduct a lecture and book signing on January 29th at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.


BethlehemSteelRailroadingCover.jpg:  Nevin Sterling, author of Bethlehem Steel Railroading, will conduct a lecture and book signing on January 29th at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.


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