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2016  Bus Trip: Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

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All aboard at 7:50 am, as the bus readies to depart the Mt. Carmel Road Park & Ride for our trip to the Boyertown Museum of Historical Vehicles.

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Paula introduces our bus driver Bill, and gives some information about our trip.

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After a two hour ride in the comfortable Rills Bus we arrive at our destination: the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

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We were about to enter a rather unique museum - where you could get quite "up close and personal" with many of the displays.

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In the entry lobby, we learned the house rules: look, but don't touch", and had our lesson tested by the nearby, readily accessible 1921 Hanover Roadster, built in Hanover, Pennsylvania from 1921 to 1927. Everyone passed the test!

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This 1932 Ford Victoria Coupe was a real standout in its brilliant colors of red and black.

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This 1940 Americn Bantam Roadster was built in Butler, Pennsylvania, an industrial town 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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With the chassis strength to carry the weight of multiple lead-acid batteries, electric trucks and buses were feasible. The museum has an interesting collection of these vehicles.

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This 1919 Detroit Electric Model 71 Brougham was built by the Detroit Electric Car Company. The car was quite popular, but the company succumed to the Great Depression and went out of business in 1939.

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The chassis of this electric bus was built in Philadelphia and the body in West Reading. It has independent electric motors driving each wheel, with all the batteries carried underneath, between the wheels.

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The fascinating history of the 1938 Reading Diner gives you an appreciation of all those who, over the years, played a part in caring for it and helping to bring it to the museum, where it resides today.

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Craig, Mary Gary and Al enjoy a moment inside this great bit of lost Americana.

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Inflation has obviously taken a toll, when you look at these 1938 breakfast food prices.

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Though the prices have changed, the menu items would still be found in many of today's restaurants... except maybe for that fresh scrapple.

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An attempt was made to restore the diner to its original look, using period correct materials and fixtures.

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Adjacent to the diner is this 1921 Sunoco gas station, originally from Strausstown, PA. You can venture inside and see items typically a part of running such a business.

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The Boyertown Auto Body Works, where the museum is now housed, manufactured many styles of truck bodies, some of which are displayed here.

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Charles Duryea founded the Duryea Power Company in Reading, PA and began producing cars, exemplified by a steering "tiller", which he steadfastly defended the use of, instead of the more popular steering "wheel." The museum has a large display of his vehicles.

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Upstairs in the museum is the machine shop that, as the sign says, was "Graciously Donated by Sterling Walsh and Family." Chesapeake Region has been honored to have had Sterling and Gladys as Life members.

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Constructed by Tom Masano in 1952, the owner of a Reading, PA automobile dealership, this fiberglass-bodied car rests on the chassis of a Henry-J recovered from a nearby auto junkyard. He certainly was ahead of the later automobile design trend with those "fins."

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Fleetwood, PA was the site of the Fleetwood Metal Body Works, and "Fleetwood" became a hallmark of quality coachwork. Fleetwood eventually became a part of General Motors. This is a 1928 LaSalle with a Fleetwood designed and built body.

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A 1920 aluminum-bodied Packard with body by Fleetwood.

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The Museum is large, diverse, fascinating and quite unique in the ability to get up close to experience many of the displays.

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And we all enjoyed our experience greatly, and afterward gathered for a group photo in the warm sunshine outside.

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The local Boyertown "Bears" baseball and football teams are promoted throughout the town with many colorful, uniquely decorated sidewalk bear displays.

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The bus drive through Boyertown, on our way to our lunch stop, passed by these beautifully designed historic houses.

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A short drive away, we made our lunch stop at the local Saville's Diner.

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Everyone filled up on some delicious food before departing for home, ending another, very enjoyable Chesapeake Region adventure.