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bigjim4life
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #80 on: Aug 7th, 2011, 4:53pm »
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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
 

 
So then is it safe to assume that means that the Estate is giving the Stewartstown to get operations underway to start paying them back?


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #81 on: Aug 8th, 2011, 5:33pm »
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Not so far. Their adverse abandonment petition before the STB is still moving forward.
 
It is believed that the Hart Estate wanted to get out from under paying the railroad for storage and possibly make the railroad more attractive to potential buyers if the railroad owned the coaches. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #82 on: Aug 15th, 2011, 5:01pm »
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The railroad's supporters at the York Daily Record newspaper (York, PA) ran an editorial in favor of the railroad in yesterday's edition. Here's the link:
 
http://www.ydr.com/opinion/ci_18668702
 
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #83 on: Aug 22nd, 2011, 10:23pm »
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Today the Stewartstown Railroad Company filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) its response to the Adverse Abandonment Petition filed by the Estate of George M. Hart.  
 
In addition to the railroad's response, several letters and statements of support for the railroad were also filed with the STB. All of these documents should be posted to the STB website in a day or so.
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #84 on: Sep 13th, 2011, 6:05pm »
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On September 6th the Estate of George M. Hart filed with the Surface Transportation Board their rebuttal to the filing made by the Stewartstown Railroad objecting to the Estate's adverse abandonment petition. The matter is now in the hands of the STB. A decision is expected by the end of October, perhaps sooner.
 
In the meantime, the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad is continuing its "open houses" at the station. The next open houses are scheduled for the following Sundays: September 18th and 25th; October 9th and 23rd. All open houses run from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weather and crew availability permitting, the railroad will operate short "speeder" rides over the first two miles of track from Stewartstown. (The last run of the day usually leaves at 4:15 p.m.)
 
-- Ray
 


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #85 on: Nov 6th, 2011, 3:25pm »
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At this point in time the railroad is still waiting for a decision from the STB regarding the Hart Estate's adverse abandonment petition.
 
In the meantime, maintenance of the railroad and its buildings is continuing.
 
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad is planning to host "open houses" at the station in Stewartstown on:
Saturday, December 3,
Sunday, December 11, and  
Sunday, December 18
from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each day.
 
The railroad is planning to have its locomotives on exhibit in front of the station on each day, too. -- Ray


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ClinchValley
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #86 on: Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:34am »
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Update:
 
http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93537688b8e5852573210004b318/357d6145fbd3af5a852579b10078e49b?OpenDocument
 
If you search the case number on the STB site, you'll see a bunch of filings by James Rifkin.   I believe he is just trying to get some money out of it, either from the Hart estate or the Friends.


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #87 on: May 6th, 2012, 11:21am »
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We'll be observing National Train Day this coming Saturday, May 12th, with an open house from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the station in Stewartstown, PA. Weather permitting, the railroad will be offering trackcar ("speeder") rides from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
If you'll be in the area please stop by! -- Ray


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CHESSIEMIKE
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« Reply #88 on: May 12th, 2012, 8:35pm »
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Hey Ray,
Did you have a good turn out for NTD?
CHESSIEMIKE


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #89 on: May 12th, 2012, 10:49pm »
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Yes, we had several dozen visitors (a good turnout by our standards) on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, but, unfortunately, our A8 motorcar decided to malfunction after the first run. We had to cancel the other two runs we were hoping to make. The attendees were understanding and most indicated they would try to visit us again in the future. -- Ray

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #90 on: May 27th, 2012, 12:08pm »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has just agreed to purchase a used backhoe for use on the railroad. This equipment should help greatly in the tie replacement program, ditching along the right-of-way, and other projects on the railroad. Now we just need some able-bodied volunteers to come out and help! -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #91 on: May 27th, 2012, 1:31pm »
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The repairs to the platform roof overhang have resumed! We're almost finished with this project, which will enable the railroad to work on the main roof of the station and make necessary repairs and painting of the station woodwork. -- Ray

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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #92 on: Jul 2nd, 2012, 3:46pm »
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Despite the very hot weather in the Mid-Atlantic area we had a good turnout for our July 1 "open house" event in Stewartstown. We had a reporter and photographer from the York Dispatch visit to get background info for a story and a video on the railroad, which appeared in today's edition. Here's the link:
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/news/ci_20989573/stewartstown-railroad-hits-rough-trac
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #93 on: Aug 20th, 2012, 11:15pm »
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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has built a new website at  
www.stewartstownfriends.org
 
This has been done to lessen the confusion in the local area between the for-profit investor-owned railroad company and the non-profit railfan / history buff support group. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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« Reply #94 on: Oct 30th, 2012, 11:36am »
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The station in Stewartstown, PA withstood the wrath of Hurricane Sandy ok. Our on-site inspector said only two roof slates were displaced. We'll send out a track inspection team by the end of the week to check the ROW. -- Ray

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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #95 on: Nov 16th, 2012, 7:47pm »
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Today, November 16, 2012, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) handed down its decision in favor of the petition by the George Hart Estate to force the abandonment of the Stewartstown Railroad so the Estate can use the railroad's assets to settle a lien held by the late Mr. Hart.
 
While there will probably be some legal maneuvering by both parties (the Estate and the Railroad) regarding this ruling, the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. will continue its efforts to preserve as much of the railroad as possible. -- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #96 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 8:05pm »
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Today the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad decorated the station waiting room in preparation for the railroad's Christmas season open house events. These will take place on  
Saturday, December 1
Sunday, December 9
Sunday, December 16
Sunday, December 23

 
All events will run from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Stewartstown Railroad Company will be operating open-air motorcar ("speeder") rides from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather!
 
-- Ray


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #97 on: Nov 30th, 2012, 7:55pm »
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Today the Stewartstown Railroad Company filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) requesting the board re-open its adverse abandonment case (STB Docket No. AB-1071) and stay the decision handed down by the STB on November 16, 2012.
 
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad is still accepting donations to help preserve the railroad. Visit the Friends website at www.stewartstownfriends.org
-- Ray
 
 


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Ray Reter
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Re: Stewartstown Railroad
 
« Reply #98 on: Dec 1st, 2012, 8:30am »
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Today, Saturday December 1, kicks-off the Christmas season open house at the train station in Stewartstown and will continue on Sundays December 9, 16, and 23rd, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The interior of the station is decorated for the holidays.  
 
Weather permitting, there will be open-air motorcar ("speeder") rides operating from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the station is free, motor car rides cost $5.00 per seat.  
 
Donations are also welcomed to help us save the Stewartstown Railroad--an authentic American antiquity. -- Ray


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bluecapriethan
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« Reply #99 on: Dec 1st, 2012, 7:17pm »
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Rode the speeder today with my wife. Worth every penny. Folks- get down there and support this railroad! It's like stepping back in time for a ride on a real short line railroad! Let's save this historical treasure!

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