Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the East Pennsylvania Railroad Company dating back to the 1940's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Assistant Treasurer, was printed by Theo. Leonhardt & Son of Philadelphia and measures approximately 11 1/2" (w) by 7 3/4" (h).
This certificate features a nice vignette of a passenger train.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
The East Pennsylvania Railroad was chartered on March 9, 1856, as the Reading and Lehigh Railroad, but was renamed in April 1857. It completed a line between Reading and Allentown on May 11, 1859.
The opening of this line created a through route between Harrisburg and New York City. Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, predecessor of the Reading Company, leased the line in 1869.
The East Pennsylvania continued to exist as a company, and would be merged along with the Reading into Conrail in 1976 as a result of the Reading's final bankruptcy.