Michael Shaw to present book at Tredyffrin Library

Click here to enjoy a video of Michael's presentation in January 2014 at the Phoenixville Library.

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Climb aboard!

1838 was the first year that railroads entered the township of Upper Merion. Local King of Prussia resident and historian Michael Shaw has spent the better part of one year diligently researching the history of King of Prussia's railroads, from the past to the present. It's been quite a ride and the future of the rails may lead back to the past with the reintroduction of passenger service.

Meet Michael

I’m 44, a native of Middletown, New York. I have two siblings and my parents reside in North Brunswick, New Jersey. My wife is Dana. We live in King of Prussia, PA. I graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, in 1992 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Anthropology. I spent a number of my working years in the hospitality industry as a restaurant manager. I have owned two businesses as well. I enjoy jogging, quiet time with my wife and friends, and traveling. I collect sports cards and read daily. My interest in writing about the railroads can be traced back to my formative years growing up as a child of a history teacher, my father Stephen.

Behind the Book

Today, as King of Prussia celebrates its 300th year of existence, there is a strong movement to bring back passenger rail service to King of Prussia in order to serve the business and residential communities. “The Railroads Of King of Prussia, PA: The Past Leads To The Future” looks at the rich 175 year history of the railroads in King of Prussia. In doing so the author makes the determination that the present day demand for renewed passenger rail service is a microcosm of King of Prussia as it has traveled the path from a rural township to a business dominated suburb of Philadelphia.

Switch signal tower at Norristown Junction Interlocking, Abrams Yard 1945.

EPRY East Penn Railway EMD SW-1 #9423 crossing RT 202 in King of Prussia, PA on March 3, 2001.

Abandoned Chester Valley Railroad bridge crossing over Boro Line Road.

Abandoned Industrial Line track going west off American Avenue, parallel to First Avenue.

Norfolk Southern Morrisville Line Schuylkill Expressway overpass bridge.