MapsThe first map is of the central southern area of Pennsylvania, and where towns are in relation to each other. The yellow/green dot is where the PA Renaissance Faire is (right off of the PA Turnpike at exit 266 / Mt Hope), and below it is Manheim on PA 72.
The Manheim Transportation and Industrial Museum
Being a Pennsy PL signal, it is not native to this line since this was a Reading line. It was installed at the museum long after the station was used for such purposes.
A typical rod operated lower quadrant train order semaphore.
The "Train on Branch" signal was probably the one previously used at Lancaster Junction. After the tracks were placed out of service and pulled, Lancaster Junction was no longer a junction point and trains went straight through to Lancaster's Reading Station by way of Dillerville yard.
The text highlighted in blue comes from Curt M. of Manheim, who also provided me with the pictures below of the wye. Thanks Curt!
Just east of Manheim station was a water tower (red sandstone bottom half still standing) at what was "Joint Line Junction" which connected to the Cornwall Railroad. Their right of way (before it became part of the Reading) passed to the rear of the mansion house which is now the center of "Renaissance Faire." Those tracks continued through Cornwall Boro skirting the great open pit mine and crossing underneath the PRR branch line which it (Cornwall RR) paralleled to the city of Lebanon.
The Wye in Manheim is the only one in this area. Just behind me on the East end of the East leg of the wye, there used to be a single head searchlight signal but no trace of it remains. Same picture but ahead and to the left used to be a shed housing a hand crank phone which, I assume, was to contact the station operator in Manheim in the event of a stop signal.
Above is a view looking east across the bridge that is in the lower left hand corner of the aerial picture above.
What's left of the water tower.
Looking west towards the station from the water tower.
Looking west towards downtown Manheim at Oak St.
Switch stand adjacent to Oak St.
Looking east towards Lititz from the wye.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
The PA Faire is held August thru October, usually the last weekend. Among Renfaires, they are one of the best (IMHO). Queen Elizabeth is the centerpiece of the Faire's attractions, and they always seem to find an excellent girl to play the part. On the last day of the Faire, they have a most excellent presentation on the stage by the pirate ship, which lasts about 2 - 2 1/2 hours compared to the normal one hour, for they bring back acts that have performed over the whole run.
They also have things, stuff, and events going on all year long, with a special Dicken's show before Christmas, which is always sold out!
If you are into wine (I'm not), people tell me the wines produced at the Mt. Hope Winery are very good, and they usually offer a deal on a case, with additional discounts on the last day of the Faire.
The Faire is located at the green/yellow circle on the map at the top of the page.
For pictures, check out my Renfaire index page (which includes a schedule of RenFaire's) at: https://railroadsignals.us/renfaires/renfaires.htm
A very small sampling of the pictures I have from the PA Faire:
Historical USGS Maps