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.!

New Freedom Specials Cancelled Until Further Notice

Folks, we are sorry to report that we will have to cancel our scheduled New Freedom Special train rides for the foreseeable future.

During one of the last snowstorms of the year, on or about March 21st, it appears that a snowplow in Hopewell Township, driving down East Tolna Road from 851, neither followed East Tolna Road, nor turned left onto Deer Creek road, but instead proceeded straight through the fork, and damaged our track, rendering it unpassable at this time.

It appears that said plow also tore off one of its plow shoes as it did so, because we found it at the site of the damage.

No entity, from any government department, municipality, or private contractor, has come forward to inform us that they did the damage to our rails. We were told of the damage by one of our volunteers. (We are an all volunteer group.) We believe this to have been an accident, and not an act of vandalism.

We are in the process of working with PennDot to close the roads and replace the crossing, but this will take time and money. We hope to have the line fully open again by summer.

If anyone has any information about this accident, we’d appreciate it if you could contact us.

If anyone would like to make a donation to help us pay for these repairs, donations can be made to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad ( http://www.stewartstownfriends.org/ ) and your tax-deductible donation can be directed towards Tolna Crossing Repair.

Thanks again, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience.

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 www.MaAndPaRailroad.com. For the operating schedule of the Stewartstown Railroad visit www.StewartstownRailroadCo.com.

FRIENDS FORMER PRR FLATCAR ARRIVED IN STEWARTSTOWN ON VALENTINE’S DAY 2017

The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce it has received a piece of Pennsylvania Railroad history: former PRR flatcar #473822 donated to the Friends organization by Norfolk Southern Corporation.

The former PRR flatcar is now stored in the Stewartstown Railroad Company’s yard in Stewartstown. It was moved via highway transport by Gordon’s, our local automotive service center, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 as planned. It had been stored in Columbia, PA for many years.

We thank Norfolk Southern Corporation for their generosity in donating the car to our organization. The Friends plans to convert the flatcar into an open-air observation car for use in the Stewartstown Railroad’s excursion program.

Donations are now being accepted to fund this project. Donations can be made online at:
https://www.gofundme.com/kth6v-prr-flatcar-restoration-fund
or directly to the Friends through its website
www.stewartstownfriends.org
or by check or money order payable to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., and mailed to the Friends at P.O. Box 456, Stewartstown, PA 17363-0456.

We will also need volunteers to help paint the frame and build the open-air car. No special skills are necessary, though carpenters (or those who are handy with power tools) are certainly needed. Please contact the crew leader at 717-654-3626 for more information.

PRR Flatcar #473822 is a model F30A built in the PRR Pitcairn shops, May, 1934.

 

2017 Stewartstown Railroad Calendars for Sale!

Calendars For Sale!

As seen in the York Daily Record, the Stewartstown Railroad does have Calendars for sale.

We’ll have the station open this Saturday, December 31st from 9:00 til noon, so that calendars can be purchased. Price is $10.00 plus tax.

http://www.ydr.com/story/life/2016/12/26/stewartstown-railroad-offers-calendar/95848474/