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Stories by Roger Shaffer

Hanover Junction,  PA  - A Glimpse in Time

Hanover Junction, PA: A Glimpse in Time
by Roger E. Shaffer. Edited by Dean R. Shaffer.

Living in the Hanover Junction, PA railroad station gives this author personal insight and a connection with the history and events of the area. An interesting historical summary, as well as recollections of a by-gone railroading era, make life at Hanover Junction come alive. (18 pages)

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That's the Way it Was: An Autobiography by Roger E. Shaffer

That's The Way it Was: An Autobiography by Roger E. Shaffer
by Roger E. Shaffer, Edited by Dean R. Shaffer

This autobiography by Roger Shaffer profiles life growing up in railroad station in Hanover Junction, PA. It provides a glimpse of his early school days, high school, courtship, and family life in the early and mid 20th century. (100 pages)

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Roger Shaffer being interviewed by Sandra Prueitt

Childhood Memories of Hanover Junction Railroad Station and Motor Car Excursion on the Heritage Rail Trail by Roger E. Shaffer

Interviewed, edited, and prepared by Sandra L. Prueitt, Oral History Specialist, York College of Pennsylvania for the York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Thomas R. Brant, Executive Director, January, 2006.

Wilferd J. Shaffer - "Shaffe"

Wilferd J. Shaffer - "Shaffe" by Roger E. Shaffer

This story is about Roger Shaffer's Dad, Wilferd. It provides a short glimpse into the life of his father from childhood experiences to his life after being Station Agent at Hanover Junction Station.

The Coal Yard at Hanover Junction

The Coal Yard at Hanover Junction

The Coal Yard at Hanover Junction served an important role in keeping the steam engines supplied with coal, water, and sand. This story describes some of the people and equipment at the coal yard.

Riding on the Pennsylvania Railroad

Riding on the Pennsylvania Railroad

Roger shares stories of four different trips on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Hanover Branch Railroad

The Hanover Branch Railroad

A short description of the history behind the Hanover Branch Railroad (The Old Branch).

Centerville PA train wreck

Centerville Train Wreck

Roger recalls a day in April, 1920 when he heard the news about a train derailment in Centerville, PA.

Motor Car Adventure on the Northern Central Railroad I

Roger tells about his history-relating ride on the Northern Central Railroad.

Howard Tunnel

Howard Tunnel

One of the oldest railroad tunnels in the United States.

Other Works by Roger (and Claudia) Shaffer


Weisel Harness Shop, Hellertown, PA

Roger has been building models for thirty years. To see some of his other models not related to Hanover Junction, see Models by R.E. Shaffer



Model Building to Scale by Roger Shaffer

Model Building to Scale by Roger Shaffer, Edited by Dean R. Shaffer
Roger Shaffer has been building models ever since his retirement. He has chosen to create models that are designed to scale - 3/16th inch to the foot. His subjects include historical and public buildings in Hanover Junction, PA and Hellertown, PA. This book contains color photographs of his models along with a short description of each. (44 pages, paperback, full color)

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A Farm Girl's Story by Claudia (Miller) Shaffer

A Farm Girl's Story by Claudia (Miller) Shaffer
Claudia tells her story of growing up on a York County farm in the teens and twenties. Enjoy hearing her tales of farm work, house work, school, and play. (14 pages)

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Articles & Short Stories

Rolling of Structural Steel

Rolling of Structural Steel by R.E. Shaffer, Superintendent, Roll Dept., Saucon Div., Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA

Iron and Steel Engineer, January, 1963