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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #20 on: Apr 13th, 2009, 6:23pm »
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With spring now in full swing in our area, plans are underway to continue maintenance work on the railroad and its buildings.  
 
Check out our website: stewartstownrailroad.com to see our current work schedule.
 
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., will be hosting an "open house" at the station in Stewartstown on May 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in commemoration of "National Train Day."  
 
Work is continuing on repairing the platform overhang roof on the station, and authorization has been given to make additional upgrades to the electrical system in the station.
 
We still need volunteers to help with all projects!
 
The Friends is in the midst of negotiating a lease for the railroad's Turnpike/Hungerford station for use as the Friends office and a small display gallery. (The Turnpike/Hungerford station is in a section of the borough of Shrewsbury, PA that was once the village of Hungerford.) Repairs will need to be made to this facility before the Friends can move in, so here is another project needing volunteers!
 
The Friends bid for the four coaches owned by the late George Hart that are located in the Stewartstown yard has not been accepted nor rejected by the Hart estate. If the Friends are successful in obtaining the coaches there will be yet more projects for volunteers to work on.
 
We have a lot of work to do on our railroad!


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wetmary
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« Reply #21 on: May 7th, 2009, 6:04am »
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Hey Ray, have you heard anything new about the proposed Codorus Creek Railway?

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #22 on: May 13th, 2009, 10:03pm »
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WetMary,
No, I haven't heard anything new about CCR. Their website hasn't been updated in several months. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #23 on: Jun 27th, 2009, 9:08pm »
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An abundance of wet weather, especially on the weekends, has slowed our progress on both continuing repairs on the station platform overhang roof and track maintenance. On the other hand, progress has been made in obtaining track maintenance materials. Also, the freight room has been rewired.
 
There have been some motor car trips over the entire line during the past few months by the local NARCOA chapter. These members have been instrumental in reminding the local residents that the line is still intact and building support for the efforts of both the railroad and the Friends.
 
Our "open house" at the station in Stewartstown on May 9th in observance of National Train Day was well-received by the community, resulting in some new members and donations for the Friends. This was especially gratifying in view of the current economic conditions. Like many non-profit organizations, the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has experienced a slowing of membership applications and donations due to the recession.
 
We will be developing some new displays for the station waiting room in an effort to encourage people to make return visits to our "open houses." The schedule for future open houses is being developed, but already on the calendar will be October 3, 2009 when a local walking club will be setting-up a check-in point on the station platform. This is in addition to our previously planned Christmas season open houses in December.
 
A local group that has been supportive of the Friends efforts, the Stewartstown Historical Society, is in the process of relocating to a former lumberyard office and display room just two blocks down the tracks from the station. We hope to have a open house at the station to coincide with their "grand re-opening" celebration, which has yet to be scheduled. The SHS lost their lease on their former facilities when the local government needed to reclaim that space for its use.
 
The Friends has presented their proposed lease of the Turnpike, Pennsylvania station to the board of the railroad. We are hoping to have a positive response from the railroad soon.
 
There has been no decision made by the Hart estate on the Friends bid for the coaches stored in the Stewartstown yard.
 
A professional consultant has drafted a business plan for the railroad at the request of the Friends. Since the local government is working on a development plan it was thought a plan for the railroad would be a prudent endeavor.  
 
Please continue to check our website to follow our progress: stewartstownrailroad.com
 
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #24 on: Jul 14th, 2009, 10:40am »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., a section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit tax-exempt organization, is seeking donations to continue its efforts to help preserve the Stewartstown Railroad. Located in York County in south central Pennsylvania, the 7.4 miles long Stewartstown Railroad is a 125-years-old authentic American antiquity. Seven of its structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Stewartstown station, the Stewartstown enginehouse, Valley Road bridge, Ridge Road bridge, Deer Creek bridge, Turnpike (a.k.a. Hungerford/Shrewsbury) station, and Stone Arch Road bridge.
     Your tax-deductible donation, in any amount, will be appreciated and may be sent to:  
Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc.
P.O. Box 456
Stewartstown, PA 17363-0456

Thank you for taking the time to read our request.
Visit us on the web at: www.stewartstownrailroad.com


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #25 on: Dec 7th, 2009, 11:52am »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has issued a press release concerning the plight of the Stewartstown Railroad Company in addressing payment of the lien held by the Estate of George Hart. The beneficiary of the residual assets of Mr. Hart's estate, the Bucks County Historical Society, has indicated they are not interested in a promissory note to satisfy the lien and want cash. The press release will be posted on the Friends website: www.stewartstownrailroad.com
 
The station in Stewartstown will be open on two consecutive Saturdays, December 12 and 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a "holiday open house" hosted by the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization interested in preserving the railroad.


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #26 on: Dec 27th, 2009, 3:24pm »
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Today's issue of the York Sunday News (York, PA) has an article on the plight of the Stewartstown Railroad. Here's the link:
 
http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_14073608
 
On Christmas eve the new Rutters gas station/car wash/convenience store/fast food restaurant located across the street from the Stewartstown's station opened for business. Below is a view of the station from the gas pumps (photo courtesy of Earl Long).
 


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #27 on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 7:59am »
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Here's a link to a very positive editorial in today's edition of the York Sunday News (York, PA) on the plight of the Stewartstown Railroad.
 
http://ydr.inyork.com/ydr/opinion/ci_14100805
 


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #28 on: Jan 6th, 2010, 11:23am »
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At the request of its largest shareholder, Captain Herman Bushman (USN, Ret.), the management of the Stewartstown Railroad has decided to solicit offers to purchase the railroad. The official announcement is attached.
 
In today's issue of the York Daily Record there is another article concerning the railroad's plight.  
 
http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_14127961
 
-- Ray
 


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Ray Reter
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Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #29 on: Jan 12th, 2010, 7:43pm »
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It is my understanding that the Bucks County Historical Society in Doylestown, Pennsylvania has now requested the Estate of George Hart to delay for 60 days any legal action to collect the lien owed by the Stewartstown Railroad to facilitate further discussions.  
 
This change of heart is undoubtedly the result of the public support of the Stewartstown Railroad in this matter. While the railroad is not "out of the woods" yet, having the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the parties involved is a definite improvement.


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #30 on: Feb 7th, 2010, 12:02pm »
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On the evening of February 3, 2010, there was a meeting of the management of the Stewartstown Railroad Company; the executor of the Estate of George M. Hart; and representatives of the Bucks County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society (BCHS) to discuss the pending deadline for payment of the lien on the railroad held by the estate. The estate's attorney believes that any agreement to alter or delay repayment of the lien needs the concurrence of the BCHS, as they are the residuary heir to the Hart estate.
 
The meeting was cordial and started with a brief PowerPoint slide presentation by the railroad's management of the company's history. Following the presentation the discussion settled on two items: could the amount of the lien be compromised and would a long-term repayment plan be possible. The railroad would like the extended payment plan to give it time to restart excursion operations and develop a cash flow.
 
At the end of the meeting the BCHS made it clear that only payment in full was acceptable, though they might be willing to extend the repayment deadline by one year provided the railroad can develop a repayment schedule that is acceptable to the BCHS. The BCHS requested such a plan be presented to them no later than April 2, 2010.
 
To help the railroad raise funds, the non-profit Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., announces that it is starting a fund raising campaign. Contributions, in any amount, may be sent to:
Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc.
P.O. Box 456
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania 17363-0456

 
Contributions, in any amount, are welcome!
 
 
 


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #31 on: Mar 19th, 2010, 10:36pm »
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A work day is scheduled on:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
The day's goal will be inspection of the line, removing fallen trees from the line, and uprighting the crossbucks that have fallen down over the winter. Interested volunteers are welcome!
For more information you may contact the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad through their website: www.stewartstownrailroad.com
--Ray
 
 


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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #32 on: Mar 30th, 2010, 6:21pm »
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A workday is scheduled on:
 
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m. The focus of this work session will be the repair of the small washout just west of Waltemeyer Road crossing #3.
 
(The previous work session on March 27 resulted in the inspection and reopening of the entire 7.4 mile line for motorcar and maintenance traffic. Fortunately, there was little additional damage from the three major winter storms and several rain storms this past winter.)


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #33 on: Apr 15th, 2010, 11:40am »
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April 10, 2010 Workday Report
Volunteer workers repaired the washout just west of Waltemeyer crossing #3 (the westernmost of the three Waltemeyer crossings). Another crew dropped-off supplies and did some site preparation a couple of days earlier.
 
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has now added a PayPal link to its website www.stewartstownrailroad.com to facilitate donations to its upcoming capital campaign. Thanks for your support!


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« Reply #34 on: Apr 19th, 2010, 10:00am »
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April 24, 2010
will be our next workday. This will be a brush-cutting and removal exercise. Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #35 on: Apr 22nd, 2010, 10:04am »
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The management of the Stewartstown Railroad has received a response from the Bucks County Historical Society to the railroad's proposed repayment plan. The plan was to repay the full amount over five years, with smaller payments in the early years of the plan (while the railroad attempts to rebuild its excursion business) and a larger, final, payment in year five. The BCHS has declined the repayment plan and has informed the railroad that the BCHS will not request the Estate of George Hart to make further extensions on repayment of the lien. The BCHS did, however, acknowledge that the foreclosure process could take six months to a year, during which time they encouraged railroad management to continue to pursue alternative funding sources.  
 
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization has started a capital campaign to help raise funds to save the railroad. They have a "PayPal" link on their website http://www.stewartstownrailroad.com for the convenience of donors who prefer electronic payments. All donations, whether large or small, are appreciated and needed!
 
In the meantime, both the railroad and the Friends are continuing their efforts to rehabilitate the line so excursions can resume helping to create a cashflow for the railroad.


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #36 on: Apr 25th, 2010, 12:04pm »
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Here's an article about the Stewartstown Railroad appearing in today's edition of the York Sunday News
 
http://www.ydr.com/ci_14952233
 
--Ray


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« Reply #37 on: Apr 27th, 2010, 10:24pm »
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April 24, 2010 Workday Report
The all-volunteer crew cut brush from the station in Stewartstown to the I-83 bridge, a little more than half of the length of the line.
 
Another workday is scheduled for
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 8:00 a.m. (note the earlier starting time). This crew will inspect the line all the way to New Freedom, then regroup and commence brush cutting eastbound to the I-83 bridge, where the April 24 group stopped.


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #38 on: May 4th, 2010, 11:11pm »
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Just a reminder: the station in Stewartstown, PA will be hosting an "open house" from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2010 in observance of National Train Day. If you will be in the area, please stop in and say "hello"! -- Ray

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« Reply #39 on: Jun 1st, 2010, 11:01pm »
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Sunday, June 6, 2010
Open house at the station in Stewartstown. 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Work session: brush clearing along the ROW. Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
 
Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, 2010
Open house at the station in Stewartstown. 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. both days.
 


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