Stories by Roger Shaffer

Roger enjoyed writing about his adventures. Here are just a few of his stories.

Cover of Hanover Junction, PA: A Glimpse in Time by Roger E. Shaffer. Image shows track workers standing next to the tracks with the Hanover Junction station in the background.
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)

Hanover Junction, PA: A Glimpse in Time is available from in both an e-book (free) and printed version.

Cover of That's the Way it Was. An Autobiography by Roger E. Shaffer. Photo on cover shows Claudia and Roger Shaffer in their younger days.
That’s The Way it Was: An Autobiography

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)

That’s the Way it Was: An Autobiography by Roger E. Shaffer is available from in both an e-book (free) and printed version.

Roger Shaffer being interviewed by Sandra L. 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 Station Agent at Hanover Junction
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.

Coal yard bridge 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.

Steam engine
Riding on the Pennsylvania Railroad

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

Image of steam engine on Hanover Branch Railroad at Hanover Junction.
The Hanover Branch Railroad

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

The Centerville Train Wreck showing engine on its side in a bank of dirt
Centerville Train Wreck

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

Roger Shaffer in the motor car
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.

Memories of Railroad Sounds

Even after more than 70 years, Roger recalls the sounds he heard growing up around the Hanover Junction railroad station.

Personalities at Hanover Junction

Roger shares memories of some of the people he knew at Hanover Junction in the early 1920s.

W.S. Henry General Store
W. S. Henry & Son – General Merchandise: A village store

Recollections of the general store in Hanover Junction, PA

Other Works by Roger (and Claudia) Shaffer

Cover of Model Building to Scale by Roger Shaffer shows two models, one of the Hanover Junction Station and one of the coal yard at Hanover Junction.
Model Building to Scale
by Roger Shaffer, Edited by Dean R. Shaffer

Roger Shaffer began building models after his retirement. He chose to create models designed to a scale of 3/16th inch to the foot. His subjects include historical and public buildings in Hanover Junction, PA, Hellertown, PA, and various other communities. This book contains color photographs of his models, along with a short description of each. (44 pages, paperback, full color)

Model Building to Scale is available from in both an e-book (free) version and a printed version.

Cover of A Farm Girl's Story by Claudia 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)

A Farm Girl’s Story is also available from in both e-book (free) and printed versions.

First page of Rolling of Structural Steel article by Roger Shaffer
Rolling of Structural Steel
by R.E. Shaffer

Roger Shaffer was Superintendent of the Roll Dept., Saucon Div., Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA. This article appeared in Iron and Steel Engineer, January, 1963.

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