By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society held a “Farewell to the Faithful Silverliners” tour Sunday, saluting the end of a 49-year career for the train cars originally built for the Reading and Pennsylvania Railroads.READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
After departing from Suburban Station, the three-car tour train traveled along a number of local lines, stopping at the Fox Chase Station for a brief farewell ceremony.
Larry Eastwood, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NRHS, says the Silverliners have seen a lot of history.READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
“They took people to the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and 65. Over the years they’ve taken people, local people, to the Army-Navy games in South Philadelphia. So it’s very, very interesting. If they could talk, they would have a real story to tell everybody.”
The Silverliners are set to be taken out of service at the end of June, but a SEPTA spokesman says service will not be affected.MORE NEWS: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
You can learn more about the old Silverliners, and many other trains, at PhillyNRHS.com.