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The Stewartstown Railroad presents our Autism Friends and Family Train Rides

On Saturday August 10th, 2019 we will be presenting a schedule of train rides tailored specifically to our friends and families and fans who have, or know someone with, Autism.

This will be a sensory-friendly ride, lasting about thirty to forty minutes in our restored 1920’s Passenger car, or if our guests would prefer, our open-air coach. No flashing gates or ringing bells, except for those on our locomotive.  The windows will be open, letting

the passengers see the countryside, feel the breeze, and wave to the cars waiting as we go across the crossings.

Come out early and see our station, our train cars, cabooses, and other railroad equipment.

We look forward to seeing you!

The train will leave the station at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The rides are about 40 minutes long.

Prices are $12.00 for Adults, $11.00 for Seniors, $10.00 for Children. Children under 2 ride for free. Tickets can be purchased at the station on the day of the ride (Cash Only, please), or on our website at


Steam Returns to Stewartstown!

On the last weekend in September, and first weekend in October, a stem Locomotive will be pulling a train on the Stewartstown Railroad – for the first time since 1939!

We’ll be running lots of trains over the weekend, and a VERY limited number of cab rides are available.

September 28 and 29, and October 5 and 6.

Check out our schedule Here for more details!

Iron Bridge Open for Big Trains Again

For the first time in over 15 years, we’ve operated full-sized trains over our Bridge Seven, also known as the “Iron Bridge”

Special thanks to John Nolan, from Diamond Crossing Enterprises for all of his hard work, time, and expertise in getting the work done well, and quickly.

All of our big train rides will now be travelling over this almost 150 year-old bridge.

Iron Bridge Restoration: Your Help Needed

The Stewartstown Railroad is working to restore big train service over the Iron Bridge, and we need your help! We’re an all volunteer organization, and have a limited amount of resources. We are hiring a contractor to help us get the bridge back into service – can you help?

Here’s our Stationmaster Dee Bush, in a recent TV interview, telling the story about the bridge:

And, if you can help us out and make a Tax-Deductible donation, here’s a link for that as well:


Easter Bunny Trains

Happy Spring, and Easter is Almost here!

Hippity Hoppity, the Easter’s on its way, and so is the Easter Bunny!


Take a fun train ride with the Easter Bunny! Every child gets a treat from the Easter Bunny!

The train ride is about 35-45 minutes long. Adults $13, Seniors (65 and up) $12 and Children (2-12) $11 children under 2 ride free!

Click on the big red button to the right to purchase tickets!

Santa Trains Coming Soon!

Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, we’ll be running Santa Trains every Saturday and Sunday, right up until December 23rd, and we even have a special Night Ride!

Santa will be on the trains, available for pictures, and there will be Christmas Carol Singalongs, candy canes, and a ton of fun! Come on out!

Buy Tickets Here

Wednesday Night Work Crew Reborn – August 29; September 5 and 12

We will be having the Wednesday night work crew back. We will be working on small jobs on the East End of the railroad, that we cannot get to during the regular work weekends when we are focused on major track and equipment work. We plan to be working on the wye tracks, coach and station house tracks, as well as doing equipment maintenance and repairs, building repairs and maybe even minor coach and locomotive work as needed. We will meet at the station between 5:30 and will work to dark. This is not usually going to be an out-on-the line work session, but maybe if there is some special job that is of short duration and we could get too without running too late. Everyone is welcome to come out and help. This will be a good time for new people to come out and learn new tasks, tools and equipment while working with our most experienced and knowledgeable crew leaders.

We plan to have Wednesday Night Work Crews on August 29th, September 5th, and September 12th.

Hope you can help us out!

Friends of Stewartstown Railroad Complete new Open-Air Excursion Car!

Friends of Stewartstown Railroad Complete new Open-Air Excursion Car

 First runs to be held July 28 and 29


Contact: Mike Ruane
Stewartstown Railroad
(201) 888-8441

After only ten months of construction by volunteers of the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, their new Open-Air Excursion car is ready for use. The car, based upon a Pennsylvania Railroad F30A flatcar, was donated to the Friends by the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and transported by truck to the Stewartstown Railroad where the Friends cleared off steel decking, and built a new wood and steel center-bench passenger car. It is roofed and has roller-bearing trucks, making for a very comfortable ride.

“We worked very hard on building this car, and had help from many of our volunteers” said David Watson, President of the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad. “We look forward to seeing it used by the Railroad year-round.”

“The Railroad is very thankful to have this car available for our passengers” said Dave Williamson, President of the Stewartstown Railroad. “This open air car allows views and an experience found nowhere else.”

The car will be used for its inaugural runs, and then will be pressed into excursion service, and used on the Railroad whenever weather and passenger needs arise. The new car is also available for private charter.

About Stewartstown Railroad

Stewartstown Railroad Company is a common carrier railroad based in Stewartstown, PA. Founded in 1884, the company continues to offer tourist operations over the length of its 7.4 mile length. For additional information, go to, or contact Mike Ruane at or by phone 201-888-8441.


About Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad

The Friends is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the Stewartstown Railroad. For additional information, go to their website at , or by email at