Hazards of Snow, Ice & Winter’s Danger Subject of Train Engineer & Railroad Historian Michael Bednar Speaking at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum December 15th, 2012, 1 p.m.

Nov 28th, 2012Press Release from Lehigh County Historical Society

Joseph Garrera, Executive Director

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum

 cell: 484-553-2592

(610) 435-1074, Ext. 19


Hazards of Snow, Ice & Winter’s Danger Subject of Train Engineer & Railroad Historian Michael Bednar Speaking at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum December 15th, 2012, 1 p.m. 

Allentown, PA – The hazards of snow, ice, and winter dangers to railroading will be the subject of former train engineer Michael Bednar’s lecture and book signing at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown.  The announcement was made today by Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

Michael Bednar is a nationally recognized authority on railroads in Pennsylvania.  The author of eleven books, Bednar has authored more than 50 articles for the Railroad Press Magazine.  “We are delighted to have Mr. Bednar in the Museum to talk about railroads and how they have continued to change and evolve.  This is a unique opportunity to hear about this transformation from a man who lived through it,” said Garrera.  “You feel like you’re in the train with him when he talks.”

Museum officials contend that the best history is told by those who lived it.  Michael Bednar began working on the railroad in August 1966 at the age of 17.  He rose from Towerman and Freight Agent to become a Yardmaster, a Train Dispatcher, and eventually a Locomotive Engineer.  He retired in 2007 after 41 years of service on the railroad.  During the years as a railroader, Bednar began composing and publishing true stories of railroad life.

At the end of his talk, Bednar will autograph and inscribe copies of his books, which 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 Model Railroad Exhibit, which re-creates the era when railroads were King.  Visitors hear the sounds of train whistles and the hiss of steam locomotives while exploring a variety of engaging train activities.  The Polar Express, Thomas the Tank Engine, and nine other train layouts bring railroading to life.  Two large brass locomotive engine bells amaze visitors young and old with their power, presence, and dynamic sound.

The exhibit will run through January 13, 2012.  Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday 12 Noon to 4:00.  The Thomas Engine Fun Room is open 12 Noon to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 12 Noon to 4:00 pm on Sundays through January 13, 2013.

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is a teaching institution that attracts a diverse audience.  Its collections of historical Americana include over 30,000 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.  For more information, contact Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, at 484-553-2592 (cell) any time of day or at 610-435-1074. Visit www.lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org or visit us on Facebook.


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