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bigjim4life
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #60 on: May 17th, 2011, 11:29pm »
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on May 17th, 2011, 6:12pm, Ray Reter wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The Stewartstown Railroad has been advised by the Estate of George M. Hart that its bid for the four passenger cars owned by the Estate that have been stored on the railroad since Mr. Hart's passing has been accepted. These are the cars were used on the STRT's excursions since 1985. The railroad can now make plans to rehabilitate the cars for eventual return to service. -- Ray

 
That's great news - really is.  But what's the point on bidding on the passenger cars if there's no line to run it on?  Unless there's news that I've completely missed about the lien.  And whatever happened to the B&O museum's "lightweight passenger cars" they were leasing to the RR?  Haven't heard anything on them either.  So what's the latest on the lien/passenger cars?
 
Note I'm not trying to be sarcastic or mean - I'd love to see the Stewartstown succeed.  Are you planning on trying to run a couple passenger trains later this year with Mighty Mo and those lightweight cars?


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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #61 on: May 18th, 2011, 3:00am »
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If you're on Facebook, go to the Friends of the Stewartstown RR Page.  
 
http://www.facebook.com/friendsofthestewartstownrailroad
 
It will show you the progress of line rehab, equipment move and rehab (your B&O car question answered) and other work going on.
 
It is my understanding that a private investor is in the process of purchasing both the STRR and the Northern Central. How much validity is behind this, I can not testify to, but I have seen in print info regarding the attempt of this process.  
 
Just sayin...


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wetmary
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« Reply #62 on: May 18th, 2011, 6:56am »
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Whatever happened with those two guys who wanted to reopen the former Northern Central south out of York?

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #63 on: May 18th, 2011, 8:21pm »
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on May 17th, 2011, 11:29pm, bigjim4life wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
That's great news - really is.  But what's the point on bidding on the passenger cars if there's no line to run it on?  Unless there's news that I've completely missed about the lien.  And whatever happened to the B&O museum's "lightweight passenger cars" they were leasing to the RR?  Haven't heard anything on them either.  So what's the latest on the lien/passenger cars?
 
Note I'm not trying to be sarcastic or mean - I'd love to see the Stewartstown succeed.  Are you planning on trying to run a couple passenger trains later this year with Mighty Mo and those lightweight cars?

 
The B&O Museum has donated two of their open-air passenger cars to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad. It is the intention of the Friends to lease these cars to the STRT for use on short, mild-weather trips. The Friends is in the process of arranging transportation of these cars via highway.
 
The Stewartstown Railroad management wanted the four coaches owned by the late George M. Hart for use on longer all-weather excursion runs (after the line has been rehabilitated). It was believed that refurbishing these cars would be less costly than acquiring and transporting replacement cars should these cars be sold to another party and removed from the property.
 
 
The George Hart Estate is continuing its efforts to force the liquidation of the railroad so it can receive the proceeds of the lien. The Stewartstown Railroad's management has their hands full with compiling information requested by the Estate as part of the discovery process.  
 
In the meantime, the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad is continuing its efforts to raise money to help the railroad satisfy the lien. Donations are welcome and can be made to the Friends via a PayPal link on their website or by check mailed to the address shown on their website: www.stewartstownrailroad.com
 
--Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #64 on: May 18th, 2011, 8:26pm »
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on May 18th, 2011, 6:56am, wetmary wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Whatever happened with those two guys who wanted to reopen the former Northern Central south out of York?

 
An investor group has expressed interest in acquiring the Stewartstown Railroad if they are able to acquire the Northern Central line between New Freedom and York, PA. As the NC line runs through what is now a "linear park" (i.e., rail trail) the county that owns the park and the track appears to be a bit hesitant. -- Ray


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wetmary
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« Reply #65 on: May 19th, 2011, 2:54pm »
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The Codorus Creek Railway still has a web page dating to 2008 if nothing else.  One of the partners may have dropped out, however.

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F3_4_me
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« Reply #66 on: May 19th, 2011, 6:40pm »
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They just bought some Comet-1 coaches from NJTransit.  That's certainly a step in the right direction!

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GP30_5513
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« Reply #67 on: May 21st, 2011, 11:27am »
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Ray - What's the heritage on the STRT coaches currently on the property?

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #68 on: May 21st, 2011, 11:28pm »
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All are demotored commuter coaches. One is from CNJ the other three are from RDG. -- Ray

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GP30_5513
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« Reply #69 on: May 22nd, 2011, 8:59pm »
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Thanks Ray.  I had my haunches and you confirmed them.

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #70 on: Jun 17th, 2011, 10:18pm »
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The next "open house" on the Stewartstown Railroad will be this coming Sunday, June 19th (Father's Day) from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the station in Stewartstown. If the weather is good, we are planning to run "speeder trains" over a short portion of the line starting at the station in Stewartstown. -- Ray

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #71 on: Jun 23rd, 2011, 11:16pm »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will host an open house on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weather permitting, there will motorcar ("speeder") rides offered for a small fare.  
 
If you'll be in the area this weekend for York County's "Made in America" factory tours, you may want to stop by check our what's going on! -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #72 on: Jun 24th, 2011, 11:12pm »
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The York Daily Record, one of the local York County (PA) newspapers, ran an article about the local rail trail authority's interest in the Stewartstown Railroad right-of-way. Here's the link:
 
http://www.ydr.com/ci_18349297
 
Hopefully, the rail trail authority will include the railroad's management in future discussions. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #73 on: Jul 7th, 2011, 6:30pm »
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Here's a link to an editorial in today's York Daily Record regarding the Stewartstown Railroad:
 
http://www.ydr.com/opinion/ci_18429156
 
--Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #74 on: Jul 8th, 2011, 10:32am »
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We just found out today that the Estate of George Hart filed their official application with the STB for abandonment of the Stewartstown Railroad. Here's a link to an article in today's York Daily Record announcing the filing:
 
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_18436318
 
Now is the time to make a donation to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad in an effort to save the railroad! You may do so by visiting the Friends' website:
 
www.stewartstownrailroad.com
 
and mailing a check (or money order) to the address shown on the website or by a PayPal transaction.
 
Thanks for your consideration!
--Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #75 on: Jul 11th, 2011, 10:56pm »
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A reporter and videographer from the York Daily Record visited the Stewartstown Railroad's "open house" on Sunday, July 10th. Here's the link to the story and video they published in today's edition:
 
http://www.ydr.com/history/ci_18451597
 
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #76 on: Jul 19th, 2011, 8:21pm »
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'Way back in 1973, March 19, 1973 to be exact, the NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor did a segment on the effect the Penn Central's intention to abandon about 5,000 miles of track would have on local communities. They chose York County, PA as their focal point where six months earlier Hurricane Agnes had washed-out and severely damaged the PC's Northern Central line. They pointed out the effect it would have on the little Stewartstown Railroad, which had escaped the storm relatively unscathed. Below is a link to this program. It takes a while to load, and the segment is a little more than halfway through the program at about minute 18.35 (once the program is loaded, move the slide at the bottom of the window to advance to this point). While John Chancellor refers to the PC as the PRR, reporter Doug Kiker does refer to it as the PC.
 
http://www.nbcuniversalarchives.com/nbcuni/clip/5112499402_s01.do
 
Enjoy!
--Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #77 on: Jul 20th, 2011, 4:08pm »
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The local media have been following the current situation surrounding the Stewartstown Railroad. Below is a link to a segment broadcast a couple of days ago on WHP-TV channel 43 in Harrisburg, PA.
 
http://www.fox43.com/videobeta/8b341c01-4aff-418f-89c0-f77fa3f01831/News/7-13-Stewartstown-Railroad
 
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #78 on: Jul 27th, 2011, 7:56pm »
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Last week a local York County resident wrote a "letter to the editor" of the York Daily Record about the Stewartstown Railroad that contained a fair number of factual and historical errors. The railroad's president, David Williamson, responded with his own "letter to the editor" which is now posted on the newspaper's website. Here's a direct link to Mr. Williamson's letter:
 
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci_18559237
 
--Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #79 on: Aug 7th, 2011, 4:07pm »
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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
 


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