Our History

aboutus2In March of 1880 Benjamin G Mellinger and his brother William bought the train station from Andrew Mehaffey and started B.G. Mellinger & Son. The train station was on the Philadelphia & Reading rail line that ran from Lancaster to Quarryville. B.G. Mellinger & Son served the community with freight service, coal, lumber, and passenger service. In February of 1893 John Wanamaker commissioned Baumgardner station as a post office. As the trolley system developed in the early 1900’s the mail and passenger service ended.

Lancaster and Reading Narrow Gauge Railroad chartered in Harrisburg

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Right-of-Way bought and construction started.

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Financial panic of 1873 halted work.

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Line leased to Philadelphia and Reading and work finished as a standard track line.

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First run to Quarryville.

Three trains were needed to take crowds to celebration at Quarryville hotel. Fare 50¢ one way; 75¢...
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Buildings built at Baumgardner by Andrew Mchaffey.

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B.G. Mellinger bought the property and buildings.

Freight and passenger service prospered. In one month 42 cars of iron ore shipped to Reading and man...
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Baumgardner Post Office and mail service started

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Lancaster and Reading Narrow Gauge Railroad sold to Pennsylvania Railroad.

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Passenger and mail service taken over by trolley

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Raising of large coal shed with conveyer to unload coal cars for local use.

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Bessemer first motor truck purchased by B. G. Mellinger

Up to this point all supplies, lumber, and coal were delivered by horse and wagon....
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Purchased first international S-24 Truck, used Internationals for next 80 years.

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B.G. Mellinger dies and second generation takes over.

Harvey C Mellinger took over the business....
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First oil tank truck.

1,200 gallon tank, oil 12¢ a gallon....
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H.C. Mellinger dies. Business incorporated by third generation.

Brothers Benjamin and Parke took over the business and B.G. Mellinger & Son was incorporated in ...
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Coal shed torn down as sales decline.

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Flooding following Hurricane Agnes washes out rail line.

End of 100 years of rail service to Quarryville....
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Trucks took over pick up and delivery of heating oil.

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Fourth generation bought the businesses as uncles retired.

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Expanded to air conditioning and HVAC work

Fifth generation brought more technology and modern equipment....
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Company motto remains

131 years at Baumgardner!...
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