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Derry Railroad Days has a purpose to recognize and preserve the railroad hertiage of Eastern Westmoreland County, especially Derry Station. It is important to honor the railroad men and women for their significant contributions to the culture, enrichment, and history of the Derry Area.

Originally known as Derry Station, Derry was first created in 1852 specifically to serve the Pennsylvania Railroad. Derry's location was ideal for a major railroad station due its access to water, and because it sits on top of a slight summit along the railroad right-of-way. Back in the late 1800s, Derry had four hotels, mostly to suit railroad workers, and a roundhouse where locomotives would recieve daily maintenance, and a massive railroad yard.

There is very little left tothe railroad in Derry today. In the 1920s, construction on a new set of tracks set to bypass Latrobe and Greensburg began, but the route was never completed.

The 1st Annual Derry Railroad Days Festival was held in 1990, and recently celebrated their 20th festival in September 2011. The Derry Railroad Days foundation is sure to keep their heritage alive by continuing this historic event each September.

The present Derry Railroad Days Committee is chaired by Russ McKlveen and includes members Lori Dudzinsky, Vernon M. Ressler, the Rev. Helen M. Kester, Barb Henderson, Russ McKlveen, Peggy Ressler, Fred Goodman, Judy Long, Julie Anderson, Lori Latta, Mitch Raney, Donna Kean.