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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #100 on: Dec 18th, 2012, 7:44pm »
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We're glad you enjoyed your time on the Stewartstown Railroad!  
For those who have been thinking about visiting the railroad, this coming Sunday, December 23rd, will be our final "open house" event for 2012. The station in Stewartstown will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come see an early 20th century small-town train station, decorated for the holidays! Admission to the station is free (donations are appreciated, of course!) Weather permitting, the railroad will be offering motorcar ("speeder") rides from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ride tickets are $5.00/seat. -- Ray


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« Reply #101 on: Dec 21st, 2012, 3:11am »
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on Aug 7th, 2011, 4:07pm, Ray Reter wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The Stewartstown Railroad has received confirmation from the Hart Estate that the railroad's offer to purchase the four passenger coaches in the Stewartstown yard owned by the Estate has  been accepted. (Actually, 3 and 3/4 cars, as one car is missing its trucks; a search for the missing trucks, last seen in Jim Thorpe, PA, will be getting underway shortly.) The purchase price included a credit to the Estate in the amount of rent due on the track the cars occupied. -- Ray
 

They appear to be scrapping all the extra wheel sets that Rail Tours Inc. had stored at Jim Thorpe..The bottom de-wheeled truck assembly is stamped CRR of NJ...I'm guessing this is one of the missing trucks for #1303 unfortunately...


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« Reply #102 on: Dec 23rd, 2012, 8:12pm »
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THANK YOU very much for this info! The railroad had been told some time ago that these trucks didn't exist! We'll get a team on this ASAP to see if there is any chance of retrieving them. -- Ray


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« Reply #103 on: Dec 26th, 2012, 2:49am »
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Glad to be of help Ray  

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« Reply #104 on: Feb 12th, 2013, 7:45pm »
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Today the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad posted the railroad's 2013 "open house" schedule on its website:
www.stewartstownfriends.org
 
As with previous schedules, the Stewartstown Railroad Company will be operating trackcar ("speeder") excursions (weather permitting) on open house days.
 
If you happen to be in the central Pennsylvania or northern Maryland areas on one of our "open" dates, please consider stopping by! -- Ray


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« Reply #105 on: Feb 26th, 2013, 7:59pm »
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Our 2013 work season is getting underway! Our workdays are now posted on the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad website:
www.stewartstownfriends.org
 
-- Ray


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« Reply #106 on: Apr 8th, 2013, 7:23am »
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The first open house event of the 2013 season at the Stewartstown Railroad will be next Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the 1914-era station in Stewartstown from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Members of the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., will be your hosts.
 
The Stewartstown Railroad will be operating motorcar ("speeder") rides along the first mile or so of track westward from the station from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fare for the motorcar rides is $6.00 per seat.
 
Hope to see you on the railroad!
--Ray


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« Reply #107 on: May 7th, 2013, 9:06am »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will be observing National Train Day on both Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th. We'll open the station museum in Stewartstown at 1:00 p.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. on both days.  
 
Weather permitting, the Stewartstown Railroad Company will be offering motorcar ("speeder") rides from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. While admission to the museum is free, there is a $6.00 per seat fare for the motorcar rides.
 
If you're going to be in the Baltimore/Washington metro area, we're only 30 minutes north of Baltimore on I-83 (take the first exit in Pennsylvania  (exit 4) and follow state route 851 east to Stewartstown).  
 
If you're going to be in the Gettysburg/Harrisburg/Hershey/Lancaster/York area, we're only 20 minutes south of York on I-83 (take the last exit in Pennsylvania (exit 4) and take route 851 east directly to the station in Stewartstown).
 
We hope to see you on the railroad!
-- Ray


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« Reply #108 on: Jul 19th, 2013, 7:11am »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will be hosting their next open house at the station in Stewartstown this coming Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Weather permitting, the Stewartstown Railroad Company will be operating motorcar ("speeder") trips over a portion of the line from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ride tickets are $6.00 each.
 
The railroad company has reported it continues to work on settling the Hart Estate lien. About $250,000 has been raised so far to refinance the $352,415 debt. Additional funds have been pledged and are in the process of being transmitted to the railroad company. These funds have been raised through a combination of long-term promissory notes, sale of common stock in the railroad, and short-term notes.  
-- Ray
 


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« Reply #109 on: Aug 26th, 2013, 8:01pm »
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Today the Estate of George Hart notified the U.S. Surface Transportation Board that they and the Stewartstown Railroad Company ". . . are close to finalizing a mutually acceptable settlement in the matter . . . " . This begins a process to remove the cloud of abandonment that has been hovering over the little STRT for quite a while.  
 
Everyone associated with both the Stewartstown Railroad Company and the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., are thankful to all who have provided both moral and financial support over the past few years. Both organizations look forward to now being able to focus on rebuilding the little Stewartstown Railroad and be worthy of your continued support. -- Ray


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« Reply #110 on: Sep 18th, 2013, 6:32pm »
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Today, September 18, 2013, the Estate of George Hart filed a motion with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) advising the STB that the parties have reached a settlement of their dispute and are therefore requesting the STB to dismiss the Estate's adverse abandonment petition against the Stewartstown Railroad Company. The little STRT now faces life anew! -- Ray

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« Reply #111 on: Nov 16th, 2013, 11:22pm »
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On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the final "t" was crossed and the last "i" was dotted in the Stewartstown Railroad's ordeal with the George Hart Estate.  
 
On that day the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (the "STB") issued its final ruling on the adverse abandonment case brought before the STB by the Hart Estate. The STB dismissed the petition and cancelled its ruling permitting the abandonment as the two sides to the case had resolved the issue that was the reason for filing the case in the first place.
 
Thus, a huge cloud over the little Stewartstown Railroad was eliminated and the railroad's management can now focus 100% of its time and effort to rebuilding the railroad and reestablishing its passenger, and, hopefully, freight operations in the future. -- Ray
 


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« Reply #112 on: Nov 17th, 2013, 7:05pm »
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That is good news. Looking forward to hearing more.
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Ray Reter
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« Reply #113 on: Nov 25th, 2013, 10:08am »
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With all the holiday activities/preparations now getting underway, let's not be too busy and forget to be THANKFUL for our blessings and accomplishments over the past year. The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., is thankful for all of our members and donors who have participated in our fundraisers, work sessions, and those who have been supportive of our efforts to help preserve an Authentic American Antiquity--the Stewartstown Railroad. THANK YOU! And have a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday! -- Ray


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« Reply #114 on: Dec 26th, 2013, 6:25pm »
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A belated "Merry Christmas" to everyone from the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad and best wishes for a Happy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year!  
 
We're working on our 2014 open house schedule and our work crews are planning a full year of track and equipment restoration without the distraction of the Hart Estate lien hovering over the railroad! -- Ray


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« Reply #115 on: Mar 22nd, 2014, 3:56pm »
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According to the calendar Spring has sprung here in the Mid-Atlantic area and the Stewartstown Railroad is quickly coming out of its winter slumber. Please check out our website www.stewartstownfriends.org for our upcoming workdays and open house events. We'd like to see you on our volunteer work crew or as a visitor at our open house events! Motorcar rides resume on Sunday, April 27th. -- Ray

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« Reply #116 on: Jul 22nd, 2014, 5:02pm »
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We're well into the Summer season here in the Mid-Atlantic area. If your travel plans include a visit to the Pennsylvania/Maryland area, please be sure to add us to your itinerary! Our events schedule is posted on the Friends website:
www.stewartstownfriends.org
 
By the way, we're still looking for a pair of passenger trucks for our former CNJ commuter coach. Any and all leads would be appreciated!  --- Ray


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« Reply #117 on: Feb 28th, 2015, 1:50pm »
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Work is continuing on the restoration of one of the Stewartstown Railroad's passenger coaches in preparation for the return of full-size train operations this Spring.  
 
The railroad is aiming for a relaunch of its "Countryside Excursions" featuring 35-ton Fate-Root-Heath Plymouth locomotive #9, the "Mighty Mo," the weekend of May 9 - 10 (National Train Day Saturday / Mother's Day Sunday).
Please check the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad website: www.stewartstownfriends.org for the railroad's full 2015 excursion schedule.
 
Yes, we're also STILL looking for a set of trucks for our CNJ passenger coach, too! --- Ray


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« Reply #118 on: May 2nd, 2015, 9:03am »
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Full-size train operations return to the Stewartstown Railroad on Mothers Day 2015! The railroad has rehabilitated a short stretch of track running west from its station in Stewartstown, PA to class 1 status and will operate a "caboose train" on May 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The railroad's Plymouth locomotive #9, the "Mighty Mo," will pull an authentic Pennsylvania Railroad caboose over this portion of the line.
 
The railroad will also operate its motorcar trains on National Train Day, Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
 
We hope to see you there! --- Ray


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Stewartstown Railroad Caboose Project
 
« Reply #119 on: Jul 25th, 2015, 8:23pm »
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STEWARTSTOWN CABOOSE PROJECT
The railroad caboose has been the part of the railroad scene for generations. The Stewartstown Railroad is about to receive its very own caboose!  
        Once a necessity on freight trains for serving as a mobile office and crew accommodations, the combination of smaller train crews, larger locomotive cabs with more space for crew members, development of electronic devices mounted on the last car in a train capable of monitoring a train’s “vital statistics,” these once iconic cars have all but disappeared from the railroad scene.  
        The Stewartstown Railroad was fortunate to receive a gift of one of these cars, a former Union Pacific caboose, for its collection from a donor in Baltimore, Maryland. (The former Pennsylvania Railroad caboose currently on the railroad is privately-owned and is slated to be relocated by the owner in the future.) The former Union Pacific caboose is currently on the donor’s property, sitting on a short stretch of panel track, and needs to be moved by truck to the railroad’s yard in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles away.
        The Friends organization is accepting tax-deductible donations to help the railroad defray the cost of moving the caboose to Stewartstown. You may send a check to the Friends earmarked for “caboose project” by downloading a donation form from the Friends website donations page at:
 
www.stewartstownfriends.org
 
or you may make a donation by credit card or debit card by using the “Donate” button on the donations page (the Friends processes electronic payments through the PayPal service, but you do not need to be a PayPal member to use this service).
  
        Thank you for considering donating to this project!
--- Ray


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