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Ray Reter
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Stewartstown Railroad
 
« on: Apr 20th, 2005, 9:50pm »
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On April 16th a group of Stewartstown volunteers performed track maintenance work along the line's easternmost two miles or so. The next scheduled work session will be on May 7th.  
 
The group is hoping they can restart at least limited excursion operations sometime this year. I understand that people passing by the station noticed the activity and stopped-in to "check things out." This may bode well for the little line if excursions can, indeed, be resumed. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #1 on: May 20th, 2005, 10:27am »
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Since my original post, there have been two additional work sessions, one on May 7 (sparsely attended) and another on May 14 (with somewhat better attendance). The crews are focusing on the damage caused by the derailment in April 2004. Another session is in the planning stages for sometime in the next few weeks. The sessions depend on the availability of our volunteer crew leaders, who also happen to be active full-time railroaders on other lines.
 
Also in the planning stage is the opening of the Stewartstown station for tours. This will provide an opportunity for souvenir sales while the track work is in progress. The significance of souvenir sales became apparent last year when those funds were used to repair the station roof covering the waiting room. Opening the station will also allow those volunteers who cannot help with the heavy trackwork an opportunity to help in another significant area. Plans are to do a general clean-up of the waiting room, and its displays, ticket office, and the outside grounds around the station.
 
Please wish us luck in our effort! -- Ray
 
 


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #2 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 10:46am »
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A further update: Work is continuing, albeit at a slow pace as the number of volunteers is few and all of them hold full-time jobs, too. We are hopeful of being able to open the station as a museum in the not-too-distant future. -- Ray

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 12:08pm »
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Keep up the good work!!

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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #4 on: Sep 6th, 2005, 10:36am »
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Work continued at a slow pace on the railroad during the summer. A meeting is being planned with the board of directors, hopefully by the end of September, to determine their future plans. The objective for this meeting is to get everyone "on the same page" so to speak. The proposal to open the station as a museum until trains can be operated was not warmly received by the railroad management. It is hoped this idea can be revisited with better results. -- Ray

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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #5 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 8:21pm »
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The proposed September 2005 board meeting did not take place due to schedule conflicts among the directors. An attempt is now being made to schedule a meeting for sometime in January 2006. Though this has noticeably slowed progress on the railroad, at least board members and volunteers are actively thinking about the railroad!
 
One item that has been discussed recently is the status of the repairs made to the roof over the passenger waiting room in the Stewartstown, Pa., station. An estimate has been obtained for repairing the waiting room ceiling once these repairs are confirmed to be complete. (But, no sense in spending money on repairing the ceiling if the roof above it isn't water-tight yet!)
 
There have been some ideas bantered about regarding restarting excursions and the necessary repairs and upgrades needed to the R-O-W to accomplish this goal. Hopefully the proposed January board meeting will provide the forum for the interested parties to make a presentation to the board. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #6 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 3:23pm »
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The long-awaited meeting between railroad management and enthusiasts took place last month. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a schedule conflict and do not have first-hand knowledge of the proceedings.  
 
Nonetheless, I understand from a person who was in attendance that a group of enthusiasts are planning to have some work sessions in the early spring to replace ties, weed the ROW, etc. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #7 on: Jun 13th, 2006, 11:19am »
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The railroad's web site has been updated recently. Visit us at:
http://stewartstownrailroad.com/
 
I hope we will be able to report more positive news in the not-too-distant future. -- Ray
 
 


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 9th, 2006, 7:02pm »
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We're planning a work session for Saturday, September 16th. Our goal is to repair fire damage to a short bridge and fill-in a couple of washouts on the line between Stewartstown and Tolna, the primary route of the former weekend excursions.
 
Follow our progress at http://stewartstownrailroad.com/  
 
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 4th, 2007, 11:17am »
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I attended the Stewartstown Railroad's annual stockholders meeting yesterday (3/3/2007).  
 
At the meeting a request was made of the track foreman to schedule a safety session for volunteers. (This apparently has been the hold-up in scheduling additional work sessions for volunteers.) Also, it was pointed out by the vice president that if a work session is scheduled and the track foreman is not able to attend, other qualified railroad officials on the premises should fulfill this railroad requirement. This, too, apparently has caused delays in scheduling work sessions. -- Ray
 
 
 
 


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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #10 on: Mar 7th, 2007, 11:06pm »
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How do I volunteer to help? I have been hoping that someone would get things up and running again.

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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #11 on: Mar 10th, 2007, 10:51am »
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on Mar 7th, 2007, 11:06pm, joneill3 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How do I volunteer to help? I have been hoping that someone would get things up and running again.

 
Go to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad website (stewartstownrailroad.com) and send a message to our website editor to be placed on the "broadcast" list.  
 
We are currently waiting on the railroad to schedule safety classes for volunteers. When we have the schedule a broadcast message will be sent to those who have expressed an interest in helping. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #12 on: Apr 8th, 2008, 9:57pm »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has received notification from the IRS that their application for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 has been approved. This will enable the organization to commence a fund raising effort to help preserve the railroad.
 
In the past our earlier efforts to help with routine maintenance of the right-of-way has received only a cool reception from railroad officials. Recent developments at the railroad, however, may bring about a change in management's view. Stay tuned--and visit our website stewartstownrailroad.com for updates. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #13 on: Apr 17th, 2008, 1:21pm »
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I have been informed that George M. Hart, President and Treasurer of the Stewartstown Railroad Company, passed away this morning. George had been in failing health in recent years and his condition deteriorated over the past few months.
 
George also owned Rail Tours, Inc., of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, which operated rail excursions for many years in Jim Thorpe and other areas. -- Ray
 


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #14 on: May 11th, 2008, 10:47am »
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Yesterday ( May 10, 2008 ) the Board of Directors of the Stewartstown Railroad met to discuss the company's future and to realign its management structure following the passing of George M. Hart.  
 
The new management team expressed its interest in preserving the railroad as an operating company. Going forward, they will be exploring various options for funding the necessary repairs and upgrades to both the rail line and the structures. -- Ray


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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #15 on: Jun 15th, 2008, 9:52pm »
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Here's an interesting story on the Stewartstown Railroad from the 6/15/2008 edition of the [/i]York [PA] Daily Record[i]:
 
http://ydr.inyork.com:80/ci_9590491?source=email
 
Ray


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« Reply #16 on: Sep 20th, 2008, 8:53pm »
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Today, the Stewartstown Railroad's president brought with him a small trailerload of crossties to begin trackwork. The goal is to have some "problem areas" done during the next few weeks so the STRT can host the local NARCOA chapter on November 1, 2008.  
 
We are hopeful that work on the station roof can also begin within the next week or two.  
 
A local Boy Scout group has also expressed interest in helping on the railroad. The railroad's president was an advisor to a scout group in Ohio a few years ago and is familiar with the challenges and opportunities this may present for both the railroad and the scouts.  
 
The railroad has also received inquiries from local people who are interested in volunteering to help the railroad resume excursions. -- Ray  
 


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Stewartstown Railroad--Updated 11/16/2008
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 17th, 2008, 10:11pm »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad invite interested persons to participate in any of the following work parties that may interest you. Please let the contact person know of your interest.
 
October 19, 20 (Sunday-Monday)
"Scrapping Party" to prepare no-longer-needed scrap metal on the property for sale.
Contact: Ken Bitten (410) 336-1605
Progress: A modest amount of scrap was sold to raise funds for ongoing projects.
 
October 25 (Saturday) and November 1 (Saturday)
Roof Repair: Stewartstown Station
Contact: Eric Bickleman (717) 586-1144
Progress: Materials for roof repairs were procured and prepared. Inclement weather on October 25th prevented starting the actual repairs. The weather was more cooperative on November 1.
 
October 25, 26 (Saturday-Sunday)
Washout repair near Waltemyer #3
Contact: Ken Bitten (410) 336-1605 or Eric Bickleman (717) 586-1144
Progress: Materials for a temporary repair were moved into place and the temporary repair completed.
 
November 2 (Sunday)
Tentative: Hosting NARCOA railcar meet.  
Progress: The local NARCOA chapter successfully traversed the entire 7.4 miles between New Freedom, Pennsylvania and Stewartstown, Pennsylvania (and return). Sixteen motorcars made the trip, the first rail traffic over the entire line in 4 1/2 years! We're hoping for another successful meet before the end of 2008.
 
November 8 (Saturday)
Boy Scout Workday. The weather cooperated and the Boy Scouts washed both locomotives (#9, "Mighty Mo" and #10, our GE 44-ton) and raked-up many bags of leaves around the station.
Roof repairs to the station continued and the overhang on the "highway" side of the station is about 75% complete. We still must complete the "west" side overhang and the "trackside" overhang. We are now forecasting completing this work by Spring 2009, depending on weather conditions and availability of volunteers.
 
November 28 (Friday)
Station cleaning and decorating for the holidays.
Progress:The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad cleaned and decorated the passenger waiting room for the holidays. The railroad will open the station on December 13th and 20th to the general public so they may see the interior of the station for the first time in four years.
Roof repairs also continued on Friday. New shingles are being installed over the recently repaired overhang areas on the "highway" side of the station.
 
We thank you in advance for your support. Please consider participating in the above activities to the extent possible. Also, additional cash donations are always appreciated, especially in these difficult economic times. See our website: stewartstownrailroad.com -- Ray


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Stewartstown Railroad: Progress Being Made
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 16th, 2008, 11:54am »
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A Boy Scout Troop helping the Stewartstown by cleaning four years accumulation of dust and dirt off of the engines!

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Stewartstown Railroad--Progress
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 16th, 2008, 11:57am »
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Our thanks to the Scouts for helping!


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