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



Joint Rides for Ma & Pa and Stewartstown Railroad

The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village and the Stewartstown Railroad are joining forces this summer to celebrate the heritage of short line railroads in southeastern York County. On Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, they will offer reduced price combination tickets to visit and ride the trains at both railroads. Combination tickets purchased at either railroad will be honored at the other on any regularly scheduled day through Labor Day, September 3.

Tickets can be purchased either at the Stewartstown Railroad Station,  or at the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village.

Additional June Work Weekend Added

Because we lost some work days in the previous weekends due to the inclement weather, we’ve added an additional work weekend: Friday June 15th through Sunday June 17th. We plan on clearing the line of downed trees, and replacing and spiking ties.

Hope to see you there.!

Happy New Year!

The Stewartstown Railroad wants to thank all of our Passengers and Volunteers for a very successful 2017!

We hope to have an even better 2018. Look for our first trains to run in Late March, 2018 – our Easter Bunny Specials!


Train Rides at New Freedom Fest

Stewartstown Speeder Specials!
Departing from the New Freedom Fest, September 16, 2017
Want to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, while riding down the rails?
Come aboard the Stewartstown Railroad’s Speeder Specials!
Leaving New Freedom every 20 minutes, ride out about a mile and back on our Railroad Motorcars
All ages welcome! Tickets $5.00, children under 3 ride free.

Stewartstown Railroad and Ma & Pa to Offer Combo Tickets

The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village and the Stewartstown Railroad are joining forces this summer to celebrate the heritage of short line railroads in southeastern York County.   Starting on Sunday, July 9th, they will offer a reduced price combination ticket to visit and ride the trains at both railroads. Combination tickets purchased at either railroad will be honored at the other on any open day through Labor Day.

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, affectionately known as the Ma & Pa, began life as the narrow gauge Peach Bottom Railroad that connected York to Delta in the mid-1870s.  The Stewartstown Railroad, often called “the farmer’s railroad” was constructed from New Freedom to Stewartstown in 1885.  Before automobiles and paved roads, railroads like these were essential lifelines in rural areas.  They were built with the enthusiastic backing of local people who bought railroad stock and often donated right of way to satisfy their longing for reliable transportation and access to broader markets for their agricultural products.

Today, the Stewartstown Railroad and the Ma & Pa Heritage Village are preserving the history of these short line railroads for a new generation.

The 130-year-old Stewartstown Railroad operates under its original corporate charter and its original line is intact.  The historic station at Stewartstown is open to visitors and excursion trains are run over a portion of the line as volunteers continue work to rehabilitate additional track. New Freedom Special run the entire length of the line, from Stewartstown to New Freedom and return, once a month.

The Ma & Pa Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks is a museum that interprets the role of the railroad in life a century ago.  Motorcar excursion trains run a 5.4 mile round trip through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley on the original Ma & Pa main line, and costumed docents welcome visitors to the A. M. Grove General Store, Muddy Creek Forks Roller Mills, grain elevator, and exhibits about the railroad and village. Two special events, the museum’s first ever Early American Auto Day on Sunday, July 16, and its popular World War II Encampment, Saturday, August 26, and Sunday, August 27, are among the days on which the combination tickets can be used.

“We’re very excited to be able to work with the Ma &Pa on this” said Dave Williamson, President of the Stewartstown Railroad. “York County has a rich railroad heritage, and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

According to Ma and Pa President Craig Sansonetti, “We look forward to being a part of this joint celebration. The Ma & Pa and the Stewartstown Railroad served the people of southern York County for more than a hundred years. An event like this gives them a good opportunity to ride our rail lines once again.”

Short Line Heritage combination tickets will sell for just $16 for adults and $14 for children at the railroad stations in Stewartstown and Muddy Creek Forks. Tickets are good for train rides at both sites.  The Ma & Pa Heritage Village will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 PM every Sunday through Labor Day plus some special days. A full schedule is available at For the operating schedule of the Stewartstown Railroad visit