A Brief History - Magee Transportation Museum - Opened in the mid 1960's just out-side of Bloomsburg, PA along the Bloomsburg-Millville Road. The old stone farmhouse became the site where the vision of one Harry Magee would become reality, here the Magee Transportation Museum was formed along with the Magee Shortway Electric Railroad. Harry Magee, wealthy owner of the Magee Carpet Company which was a manufacturer of fine-quality rugs and carpeting had that familiar love for vehicles of all types, and had acted on that affection by creating an antique car museum and trolley line. The Museum and Trolley rides operated until the summer of 1972 until the flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes caused extensive damage to the tracks, overhead lines and equipment. Then in October of 1972 Harry Magee passed away. With the family no longer wanting to operate the museum, an auction was to be held in June 1973 to sell off the trolleys, cars, and museum pieces.

With your help, I'm trying to create a site that contains information and images about the Magee Transportation Museum. My goal is to preserve it's history, so it does not fade and be forgotten, and to share it with Railfans, Historians and anyone who might have an interest.

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Open Stlye Car #2 and #3




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A "Naragansett" open-style, Car No. 2 of the Magee Shortway Electric R.R. 1000 of these "summer outing" trolleys used throughtout the U.S. in early 1900's. Completely restored, this St. Louis breezer now an excoursion car to the picnic grove at the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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One of several open-bench summer cars in operation at the Magee Transportation Museum located at Magee Crescent Enterprises, R.D.4, Millville Road, Bloomsburg, Pa. This trolley brought from Rio de Janeiro, (U.S. Style), is one of many attractions.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


In the process of being restored
January 1966
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No3 being restored.
February 1968
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No2
June 1971
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No2 with it's curtains down
August 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Installing Rope Fender on Car No2
September 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Test Run of Car No3
May 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No3 with the late summer flowers
September 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No3
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No3 next to the Trolley Shed
September 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No3
July 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Car No3 in the late summer evening
September 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


No2 and No3 running along Fishing Creek
August 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


No2 and No3 at the Trolley Shed
August 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) Vintage trolleys, two being open bench South American cars operate during the Old Threshers annual Reunion and on other special occasions during the year.
Postcard is from the trolleys new home in Iowa.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Car No2 as it passes the Antique Motor House in 1969.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Car No2
1967
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)


Interior of Car No2
1967
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)


Car No2
1967
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)


Car No2 next to the Trolley Barn
9-8-1968
(collection of Andrew Hoke)







Pittsburgh Railways Co. #4145




In the process of being restored
January 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Primered and ready for paint.
April 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Test Run after being restored
October 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


May 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Interior photo of #4145
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Taking visitors for a ride in April 1971
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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CAR 4145, built in 1911 by Pressed Steel Car Co., Pittsburgh. Last carried passengers in 1937; restored '69-'70. Typical of Big City Cars in Pittsburgh, its primary use was to haul trailer streetcars during rush hours. Now in operation at the Magee Trnsportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)





Scranton Transit Snow Sweeper #107

The #107 Snow Sweeper is a single-truck, four-wheeled car with rotating brooms at both ends. It is a "steeple cab" design with operator controls only in the middle and is a one of a kind car built by the Master Mechanic of the Chicago and Joliet Electric Railway in 1910. Car #107 was sold to the Rockhill Trolley Museum in 1973, after the museum closed, and is still in use today. For more information about this car visit the Rockhill Trolley Museum's website at www.rockhilltrolley.org.


Unloading Ramp at Magees
May 1966
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Sweeper #107 Still wearing it's blue paint.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Sweeper #107 in front of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
March 1967
(image provided by
Rockhill Trolley Museum)


Sweeper #107 in front of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
March 1967
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Sweeper #107 in primer before being painted orange.
June 1969
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


At the Trolley Barn
May 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Running the Line
May 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Sweeper #107 in front of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
March 1967
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Sweeper #107 in front of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
March 1967
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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Snow Sweeper No. 107, built by the master mechanic of the Chicago Joilet Electric Ry in 1910. Used to celar heavy snow from trolley tracks, this is the only existing sweeper of this design. Final use in Scranton, Pa. Now on display at The Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


No 107 in front of the Trolley barn
1967
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)





Lehigh Valley Transit Jewett Interurban #801




#801 awaiting it's running gear
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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Liberty Bell Car No. 801, sponsored by the Liberty Bell Jewett Society. Oneof 12 high speed electric limited interurbans of the famed Liberty Bell Line, between Allentown and Philadelphia. Built in 1912 by Jewett Car Co of Newark, Ohio. This and a sister car, No. 808, now at The Magee Transportation Museum
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


#801 and the Lorretto





Magee Transportation Museum's Other Trolleys




The North Branch #10 was to be one of the first trolleys to run at the Museum. Here it is in the shops in January 1966.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Trolley #2, Snow Sweeper #107 and Trolley #4145
May 1971
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


What you would see as you passed by on Rt. 80 in 1970.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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Horsecar No. 55 of Rochester City & Brighton R.R. Drawn by on horse, it carried 20-30 people, and met steam trains at Pittsburg depot and made connections from Rochester to Irondequoit Bay. Built in 1867 by the John Stephenson Co., of N.Y.C., it is the only existing "bobtail" in the U.S. On loan by the Rochester Museum of Arts and Science to the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Freight Trolley
This trolley was displayed so you could see it from Rt. 80
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Freight Trolley
1967
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)


No 1889 in need of restoration
1967
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)


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Horsecar No. 55 sitting in front of the Trolley Barn along with Trolley No3 to the side in May 1970
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)










The Loretto was a private Pullman Car once owned by Charles Schwab, steel tycoon of the early 1900's.


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Dining area with view of rear sleeping compartment in the Loretto Pullman, private railroad car of Charles S. Scwab, steel tycoon of the early 1900's, now on display at the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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One of two master bedrooms with connecting bath on The Loretto, private Pullman car of former President of Bethlehem Steel Co., one of the attractions at the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Interior view of Loretto - private Pullman car built for and used by Charles Schwab. One of the hundred plus vehicles on display at the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


The Loretto Pullman Can and Trolley #801
May 1970
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Exterior view of the Loretto Pullman
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Exert from a Magee Transportation Brochure about the Loretto
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Exterior view of the Loretto, a palace on wheels, now on display at the Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg, Pa., built for the late president of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Charles Schwab.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Interior view of the Loretto
(Photo by Richard Feldmann)



Other Images from around the Magee Transportation Museum.




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Flower-bordered path from the Gen'l Store to Trolley Depot, Motor House and Snack Bar at the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Flower-bordered path which includes coxcomb, summer poinsettia, petunias, zinnias and sweet william, leading from the R.R. Station to the General Store at the Magee Transportation Museum during 1969.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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1801 Stone Farmhouse originally named "Pleasant Prospect", restored 1970. Open to the public guided tour weekends and holidays, May through October, Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Passengers board the "Rio Breeze" at the Magee Transportation Museum Station for a memorable 2 mile ride through the picnic grove. The Antique Motor House, Early American Farmhouse, Carriage House, Loretto Pullman and General Store are but several of the authentically restored exhibits and action antuques on display at this exciting Susquenita heritage trail showplace.
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Crescent General Store - Furnished with original counters, fixtures and operational equipment as actually used in local shops during the past 100 years. Thousands of items for sale.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Photo is from October 1967
at the Magee Transportation Museum
(image provided by
Michael Sechler)


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Victoria - One of the hundred plus vehicles on display at the Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Open Sundays from memorial Day to Labor Day. This carriage was built by Brewster near the turn of the century; exemplifies the most gracious lines and finest workmanship of the ear.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Photo from July 1968 at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Inside of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Inside of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Photo from the late 1960's of the Turbotville station at the Magee Transportation Museum. The station was donated to the Museum by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Photo is from September 1971
at the Magee Transportation Museum
(image provided by Fred Cupp)


Photo from August 1970 at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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Antique Motor House - one of the many display buildings at the Magee Transportation Museum
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Cars in the Antique Motor House


New track being put down in April 1965.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Map of the Magee grounds
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Aerial view of the Magee grounds
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Enterance to the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Joel Solomon)


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The Concord Coach was one of the many coaches on display at the Magee Transportation Museum.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


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Trolley Barn as seen in February 1983.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)







Magee Transportation Museum Memorabilia.




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One of several open-bench summer cars in operation at the Magee Transportation Museum, located at Magee Crecent Enterprises, R.D.4, Millville Road, Bloomsburg, PA. This trolley brought from Rio de Janeiro, (U.S. Style), is one if the many attractions to be seen and enjoyed for this one ticket
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Souvenir Rug
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Front side of an old flyer for the Museum.
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Back side of an old flyer for the Museum.
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Souvenir Patch
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Front side of an old Brochure for the Museum.
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Inside of an old Brochure for the Museum.
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Photos, Slides, Postcards, Brochures and Memorabilia from the Magee Transportation Museum.


Small souvenir book about the different trollies at the Magee Trolley Museum. (collection of Andrew Hoke)



After the Flood

These photos were taken in June 1972, after the Hurricane Agnes flood.


Looking towards the Museum.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Looking towards Fishing Creek
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(Collection of Joel Salomon)


The track along Fishing Creek.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


The track along Fishing Creek.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Trolley #157.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


More track damage.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


By the Trolley Sheds
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


The End of the Trolley Museum. Billboard along Rt. 80 in April 1973.
(Collection of Joel Salomon)



Magee Museum

The Magee Museum was located on W. Main Street in downtown Blomsburg, PA.


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Exterior view of The Magee Museum, w. Main St., in Bloomsburg, Pa. Over 10,000 items of historical and educational interest on display. Something to fascinate everyone.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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View of authentic Civil War relics, the camera collection, war souvenirs and elegant Brewster Carriage (one of over 100 wheeled vehicles of the Magee Museums). Main museum located on W. Main St., Bloomsburg, PA
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


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Dresden figurines, antique china and silver...some of the many displays open to thepublic all year on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Mage Museum, W. Main St. in Bloomsburg, Pa. School groups, clubs and tourists welcome.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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1931 Deusenberg, Rollston Victoria, J-456; and #247 of the first 300 Chevrolet Corvettes, on display among antique guns, motors and trophies in the Magee Museum, W. Main St., Bloomsburg, Pa.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


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1930 Duesenberg, 1915 Argo Roadster, 1903 Orient Buckboard, 1930 Duesenberg
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)









Other Magee Related Images

Here are some other images of the Magee Hotel, Magee Carpet Co. and other Magee related items.


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Hotel Magee, Downtown Bloomsburg, PA.
(Collection of Joel Solomon)


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WHLM Radio Station
In September of 1956 WHLM-FM was turned on by Bloomsburg businessman Harry L Magee of Magee Industries Enterprises at the frequency of 106.5. The WHLM call letters, HLM for Harry L Magee, were first assigned to 690 AM in 1951, 550 AM in 1953, and 106.5 FM in 1956.
(collection of Joel Solomon)


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Magee Magpie Dodge Camper
(Collection of Joel Solomon)




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