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Topic Summary
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 20th, 2005, 9:50pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 20th, 2005, 10:27am
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
 
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 21st, 2005, 10:46am
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
Posted by: F3_4_me Posted on: Jul 21st, 2005, 12:08pm
Keep up the good work!!
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Sep 6th, 2005, 10:36am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 21st, 2005, 8:21pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 6th, 2006, 3:23pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 13th, 2006, 11:19am
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
 
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Sep 9th, 2006, 7:02pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 4th, 2007, 11:17am
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
 
 
 
 
Posted by: joneill3 Posted on: Mar 7th, 2007, 11:06pm
How do I volunteer to help? I have been hoping that someone would get things up and running again.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 10th, 2007, 10:51am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 8th, 2008, 9:57pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 17th, 2008, 1:21pm
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
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 11th, 2008, 10:47am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 15th, 2008, 9:52pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Sep 20th, 2008, 8:53pm
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  
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Oct 17th, 2008, 10:11pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 16th, 2008, 11:54am
A Boy Scout Troop helping the Stewartstown by cleaning four years accumulation of dust and dirt off of the engines!
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 16th, 2008, 11:57am
Our thanks to the Scouts for helping!
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 13th, 2009, 6:23pm
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!
Posted by: wetmary Posted on: May 7th, 2009, 6:04am
Hey Ray, have you heard anything new about the proposed Codorus Creek Railway?
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 13th, 2009, 10:03pm
WetMary,
No, I haven't heard anything new about CCR. Their website hasn't been updated in several months. -- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 9:08pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 14th, 2009, 10:40am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 7th, 2009, 11:52am
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.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 27th, 2009, 3:24pm
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).
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 7:59am
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
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jan 6th, 2010, 11:23am
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
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jan 12th, 2010, 7:43pm
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.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Feb 7th, 2010, 12:02pm
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!
 
 
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 19th, 2010, 10:36pm
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
 
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 30th, 2010, 6:21pm
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.)
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 15th, 2010, 11:40am
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!
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 19th, 2010, 10:00am
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.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2010, 10:04am
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.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 25th, 2010, 12:04pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 27th, 2010, 10:24pm
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.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 4th, 2010, 11:11pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 1st, 2010, 11:01pm
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.
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2010, 6:43pm
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will have an exhibit at the Old Line Museum in Delta, Pennsylvania this Sunday, June 27, 2010. The museum opens to the public at 1:30 p.m. The Friends will be promoting their capital campaign to raise funds to save the Stewartstown Railroad.
 
Monday, July 19, 2010-Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will have an information table in the pavilion at the Eureka Fire Company/Stewartstown Carnival. The Friends will be promoting their capital campaign to raise funds to save the Stewartstown Railroad.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 16th, 2010, 7:44am
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will be hosting an "open house" at the station on Route 851 in Stewartstown from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Our information table display at the Eureka Volunteer Fire Company carnival in mid-July in Stewartstown allowed us to introduce our "cause" to people who may not have been familiar with the railroad's situation. We distributed many capital campaign flyers at this event.  
 
The railroad is working on preparing a couple of motorcars (i.e., "speeders") for possible excursion use in the very near future. Trackwork is being done to prepare the first mile or so for these short excursions for the general public.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 27th, 2010, 8:44pm
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Naylor Wine Cellars of Stewartstown, PA is offering three varieties of its wine with part of the sale price being donated to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad. Buy a bottle of  Steam Engine Red, Dining Car White, or Caboose Rose and help save the Stewartstown Railroad at the same time!  
 
For more information, Naylor Wine Cellars can be reached at (717) 993-2431, toll-free at (800) 292-3370, or on the web at www.naylorwine.com
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2010, 8:35pm
Saturday, September 11, 2010
General trackwork or brushcutting depending on crew size. Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
 
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Work on the switches in the Stewartstown yard. Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 8:00 a.m. (Note earlier start time.)
 
Saturday, September 18, 2010
General trackwork. Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
 
Saturday, October 2, 2010
General trackwork. Meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Oct 6th, 2010, 6:16pm
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., will have an information table at the Laurel Fire Company train show at the fire hall in Windsor, Pennsylvania on Sunday, November 7, 2010. The show opens to the public at 9:00 a.m.
 
The Friends will also be hosting "open houses" at the station in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania on the following days:
Sunday, October 31, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, December 4, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The station will be decorated for the holidays.
 
Sunday, December 12, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Sunday, December 19, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
In the event "old man winter" decides to visit the area early (as he did last year) the event will be cancelled if a snow emergency plan is in effect in York County, PA or Baltimore County, MD.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Oct 24th, 2010, 11:56am
The York Dispatch newspaper carried a small article on the continuing plight of the Stewartstown Railroad in their Friday edition. Here's the link to the story:
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/ci_16406730
 
Weather permitting, the railroad will be offering motorcar (i.e., "speeder") rides on the first two miles of track from Stewartstown during the Halloween open house.  
 
Upcoming Workdays
Thursday, November 11, 2010: meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 13, 2010: meet at the station in Stewartstown at 9:00 a.m.
 
-- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 1st, 2010, 8:41pm
The open house at the station in Stewartstown was attended by about 100 people. The pleasant fall weather allowed the railroad to offer "speeder" rides over the first two miles of track running westward from Stewartstown. Almost 90 people opted to buy tickets for the trips, and probably a few more could have been sold if we had a bit more capacity, as some people just "dropped-by" when they saw the activity but did not have time to wait for later trains.
The next open house is slated for Saturday, December 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weather permitting, speeder rides will once again be offered.  
 
Interestingly, the York Daily Record ran a story in today's edition about the plight of the railroad. In the story the reporter stated they could not contact anyone at the railroad for comment--I guess they didn't try the phone numbers listed on the Friends press release announcing yesterday's open house! Here's the link to the story: http://www.ydr.com/premium/ci_16487299
 
-- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 8th, 2010, 9:55pm
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad have started a petition drive to ask the Bucks County Historical Society to reconsider their position against accepting a five-year promissory note from the Stewartstown Railroad Company as payment for the debt owed by the railroad to the Hart Estate. The petition form has been uploaded on the Friends website www.stewartstownrailroad.com so interested parties can printout a copy and have their friends, relatives, and associates sign the petition. We ask that completed petitions be mailed to the Friends at the address indicated on the website so we can tally the number of signatures before delivering the petitions to the BCHS.
Thank you for your support!
 
--Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 28th, 2010, 11:21am
The Stewartstown Railroad Company has filed a reply to the recent STB filing made by the Estate of George M. Hart. This link will take you to the filing:
http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93537688b8e5852573210004b318/4d8f33fc5c22ca46852577e30055062d?OpenDocument
 
--Ray
Posted by: bigjim4life Posted on: Dec 4th, 2010, 10:50pm
From what I can see on http://www.stewartstownrailroad.com/, the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad group is now a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
 
So, any donations you can make are now tax-deductible!!!  Get to it, people!!  
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 20th, 2010, 4:21pm
We wrapped-up our 2010 season yesterday with an open house that included, for the hardy, motorcar/speeder rides over the two miles of track from the station in Stewartstown. We thank all who visited and who contributed during 2010.
 
The next few weeks will be spent planning our events for 2011. Please watch this topic as well as the Friends website, www.stewartstownrailroad.com for updates.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
 
Posted by: Fotaugrafee Posted on: Jan 20th, 2011, 9:51pm
Curiousity leads me to ask the following:
 
- Is the old Northern Central in operation to accommodate any such interchange with the STEW?
 
- Who would be responsible to operate the old Northern Central in order to many appropriate connections to the STEW?
 
- Is York Railway Company the proposed interchange partner to whatever outside connection the STEW has or would have, or might they also take over the NC and operate it clear into NS' Windsor Yard?
 
Best of luck, I rode the STEW about 20-25 years ago behind an aging GE centercab with maybe a single passenger coach (or two).  I don't even remember how far we went, but it was a slow ride.  I regret not really being old enough to available to photograph trains when they were still running out towards I-83 and back on special excursions some 12-15 years ago.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jan 28th, 2011, 5:37pm
The Northern Central line from New Freedom, PA, to York, PA, is intact. Who would be the operator of that line is unknown at this time. A historic group, Steam Into History has received permission from the county to operate a replica steam train from New Freedom to Hanover Junction for the upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial observance. Another organization, Codorus Creek Railway, has been seeking permission to operate the entire line from New Freedom to its connection with the former Ma & Pa line near York, PA.
 
The Stewartstown Railroad operated regular excursions on its own line until April 2004, when a derailment highlighted the need for a significant track rehabilitation program. Its then-management was unable to formulate a plan for such a program. The new management team in place since April 2008, following the passing of George Hart, has developed such a plan, as well as a general business plan, and is working to implement both.  
 
The railroad's management is also still trying to develop a repayment plan to resolve the debt the railroad owes to the Hart Estate. Such plan must be acceptable to not only the Hart Estate but also to the Estate's heirs. This, so far, has been the stumbling block in resolving this predicament. -- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Feb 1st, 2011, 5:42pm
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad has posted its 2011 schedule of events to its website www.stewartstownrailroad.com
 
Hopefully more events will be added to the schedule as planning continues. -- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 15th, 2011, 4:35pm
The 2011 maintenance season got underway on Friday, March 11th, when a small crew distributed replacement ties and pulled spikes along the ROW from the enginehouse in Stewartstown, to the vicinity of the iron bridge. Replacement of ties resumed on Saturday, the 12th. Following a board meeting on Saturday morning, some members of the BOD joined the work crew to help with the tie replacement. On Sunday, the 13th, work was done on some of the MOW equipment. -- Ray
 
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Apr 11th, 2011, 9:17pm
Here's a video of a train moving over the STRT this past saturday at New Freedom.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B34HCNhIQ7I
 
I did not take the video; only posting the link.  Enjoy!
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 13th, 2011, 8:17pm
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will be hosting the railroad's "season opener" open house this Sunday, April 17, 2010, at the station in Stewartstown from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
 
Weather permitting, motorcar ("speeder") rides will be operated over the two miles of track from Stewartstown. If you're going to be in the area, please stop-by and say "Hello"! -- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 24th, 2011, 1:26pm
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad will be hosting an open house at the station in Stewartstown on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in observance of National Train Day. If you're in the area, please stop by and say "hello."  
 
If weather permits, there will also be motorcar ("speeder") rides being offered along the first two miles of track from Stewartstown. The cost of the speeder rides is $5.00 per seat.
 
In other news, the Friends has been notified they will be receiving a gift of two open-air excursion cars from the B&O Museum in Baltimore. These are "homemade" cars the museum used for a while on its own excursions along the first mile of track from their museum. The Friends intention is to lease the cars to the Stewartstown Railroad Company for use on its short excursions in fair weather since these cars will be gentler on their track and easier for little "Mighty Mo" to pull than the long commuter coaches now on the property. The Friends is soliciting donations toward the moving cost as these cars will need to be trucked-in. Estimates received thus far indicate it will cost a few thousand dollars to move these cars from Baltimore, MD to New Freedom, PA. If you're able to donate, please checkout our website for mailing and/or PayPal information:
 
www.stewartstownrailroad.com
 
Thanks!
--Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 10th, 2011, 9:59pm
The Stewartstown Railroad had a great turnout at its "open house" in observance of "National Train Day" on May 7th. We had about 100 visitors and most of them took advantage of the beautiful weather to take a "speeder" ride over the first two miles of the railroad.
 
Our next open house is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th. If you're going to be in the area, please stop by! -- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 17th, 2011, 6:12pm
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
Posted by: bigjim4life Posted on: May 17th, 2011, 11:29pm
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?
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: May 18th, 2011, 3:00am
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...
Posted by: wetmary Posted on: May 18th, 2011, 6:56am
Whatever happened with those two guys who wanted to reopen the former Northern Central south out of York?
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 18th, 2011, 8:21pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 18th, 2011, 8:26pm
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
Posted by: wetmary Posted on: May 19th, 2011, 2:54pm
The Codorus Creek Railway still has a web page dating to 2008 if nothing else.  One of the partners may have dropped out, however.
Posted by: F3_4_me Posted on: May 19th, 2011, 6:40pm
They just bought some Comet-1 coaches from NJTransit.  That's certainly a step in the right direction!
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: May 21st, 2011, 11:27am
Ray - What's the heritage on the STRT coaches currently on the property?
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 21st, 2011, 11:28pm
All are demotored commuter coaches. One is from CNJ the other three are from RDG. -- Ray
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 8:59pm
Thanks Ray.  I had my haunches and you confirmed them.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 17th, 2011, 10:18pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2011, 11:16pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jun 24th, 2011, 11:12pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 7th, 2011, 6:30pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 8th, 2011, 10:32am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 11th, 2011, 10:56pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 19th, 2011, 8:21pm
'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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 20th, 2011, 4:08pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 27th, 2011, 7:56pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 7th, 2011, 4:07pm
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
 
Posted by: bigjim4life Posted on: Aug 7th, 2011, 4:53pm
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?
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 8th, 2011, 5:33pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 15th, 2011, 5:01pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 22nd, 2011, 10:23pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Sep 13th, 2011, 6:05pm
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
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 6th, 2011, 3:25pm
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
Posted by: ClinchValley Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:34am
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.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 6th, 2012, 11:21am
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
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: May 12th, 2012, 8:35pm
Hey Ray,
Did you have a good turn out for NTD?
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 12th, 2012, 10:49pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 27th, 2012, 12:08pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 27th, 2012, 1:31pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2012, 3:46pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 20th, 2012, 11:15pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Oct 30th, 2012, 11:36am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 16th, 2012, 7:47pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 8:05pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 30th, 2012, 7:55pm
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
 
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 1st, 2012, 8:30am
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
Posted by: bluecapriethan Posted on: Dec 1st, 2012, 7:17pm
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!
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 18th, 2012, 7:44pm
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
Posted by: IRR Posted on: Dec 21st, 2012, 3:11am
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...
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2012, 8:12pm
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
Posted by: IRR Posted on: Dec 26th, 2012, 2:49am
Glad to be of help Ray  
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Feb 12th, 2013, 7:45pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Feb 26th, 2013, 7:59pm
Our 2013 work season is getting underway! Our workdays are now posted on the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad website:
www.stewartstownfriends.org
 
-- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Apr 8th, 2013, 7:23am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 7th, 2013, 9:06am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 19th, 2013, 7:11am
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
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 26th, 2013, 8:01pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Sep 18th, 2013, 6:32pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 16th, 2013, 11:22pm
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
 
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 17th, 2013, 7:05pm
That is good news. Looking forward to hearing more.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 25th, 2013, 10:08am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 26th, 2013, 6:25pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2014, 3:56pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2014, 5:02pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Feb 28th, 2015, 1:50pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: May 2nd, 2015, 9:03am
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 25th, 2015, 8:23pm
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
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Aug 14th, 2015, 11:25pm
The Stewartstown Railroad now has its own caboose. The former Union Pacific car was delivered this week via truck from its former owner in Baltimore, MD. We're looking forward to using it soon on our excursions!
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:43pm
Hi, Ray. I hope you don't mind me highjacking this thread for a bit.
 
I visited the Stewartstown in April and I wanted to share my pics.
 
I love the Stewartstown because not much has changed there since the 1940s. I like the twisty "narrow gauge"-like railroad grade/tracks to New Freedom. Lots of curves, close clearances, road crossings and nearby buildings.
 
When I arrived on a Friday afternoon, a track crew was working on the tracks on the opposite side of the station
 
Stewartstown RR Stewartstown, PA
 
The Stewartstown RR is busy repairing it's tracks for the re-opening of passenger train operations in 2015
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:46pm
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:48pm
Half a switch was left in when they tore up the tracks to an industry. A very busy highway is to the right.
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:50pm
A pile of crossbucks next to the station
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:53pm
A coach that they hope to restore
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:54pm
The coach they hoped to have in service this year
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:56pm
The line from the station down to the enginehouse
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:57pm
MOW equipment on the wye track
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 6:58pm
I love this old flatcar!
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:00pm
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:02pm
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
 
A very very out of service coach!
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:04pm
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
 
A very very out of service coach!
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:04pm
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
 
A very very out of service coach!
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:08pm
The front of the enginehouse
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:12pm
Has an addition on the back. Notice the new ties
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:14pm
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
 
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:18pm
Sign on the side of the enginehouse
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:21pm
A very old bridge
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:22pm
I ran out of time to take more pics of the right of way
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:25pm
Where the Stewartstown connects with Steam Into History in New Freedom, PA
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:27pm
The line as it swings away from the interchange at New Freedom and heads towards Stewartstown  
 
They hope to make some money storing cars here on these unused sidings
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 24, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:30pm
GE 44 tonner which is used as backup power for Steam Into History
 
(former C&PA)
 
Stewartstown RR New Freedom, PA
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 25, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:31pm
GE 44 tonner #10 which is used as backup power for Steam Into History  
 
(former C&PA D-1)  
 
Stewartstown RR New Freedom, PA  
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 25, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:33pm
The former wye track at Stewartstown
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 25, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Nov 8th, 2015, 7:34pm
the former wye at Stewartstown. The 2 old coaches are ahead.
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, April 25, 2015.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Dec 21st, 2015, 8:04pm
Stewartstown took delivery of a GE 80-tonner:
 
http://www.ydr.com/videos/news/2015/12/21/77708516/
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Mar 11th, 2016, 5:13pm
The Stewartstown Railroad's 2016 excursion season begins on Sunday, April 3, 2016 with departures from the station at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. This schedule will be repeated on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Check the railroad's website, www.stewartstownrailroadco.com for the complete 2016 excursion schedule. --- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 8th, 2016, 11:06pm
VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS ON THE STEWARTSTOWN RAILROAD
Friday 7/15, Saturday 7/16, Sunday 7/17
Meet the team leader at 9:00 a.m. each day at the station at  
21 West Pennsylvania Avenue (PA Route 851), Stewartstown, PA 17363
Come for a day or the weekend!
Coach restoration, trackwork, general clean-up of the properties and R-O-W.
Thanks for considering our request!
--- Ray Reter
Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc.
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Jul 16th, 2016, 5:42pm
Cab Rides
As of July 2016, the Stewartstown Railroad offers cabs rides on all trains using the railroad's locomotives. There is a limit of two persons in the cab on any ride. Close-toed shoes are required, and no personal electronic devices may be used while the train is in motion. Rides are $30 for adults, children are $20 when accompanied by an adult. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Dec 24th, 2016, 11:57am
We thank all of our followers for their support during 2016. The railroad's recently concluded "Santa Train" excursions were well received and patronized, even during the inclement weather of the last weekend. The railroad is now planning for its Spring 2017 reopening --- possibly with an "Easter Bunny" train. Watch for future announcements.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL !
--- Ray
 
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Feb 4th, 2017, 5:25pm
A PIECE OF PRR HISTORY COMING TO STEWARTSTOWN
 
The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce it has received a piece of Pennsylvania Railroad history: former PRR flatcar  #473822 donated to the Friends organization by Norfolk Southern Corporation. We thank Norfolk Southern Corporation for their gift.
 The Friends plan to convert the flatcar into an open-air observation car for use in the Stewartstown Railroad’s excursion program. The flatcar, currently located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, not far from Stewartstown, will be moved to Stewartstown by highway.  
 The Friends organization is accepting donations to raise funds for the flatcar’s move and conversion to an open-air observation car. Those interested in supporting this project may make donations with their bank card via the Friends website at www.stewartstownfriends.org by clicking on the “donations” page, or by mailing a check or money order payable to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad to P.O. Box 456, Stewartstown, PA 17363-0456.
 We will appreciate your help in preserving a piece of PRR history.  
Thank You! --- Ray
Posted by: Ray Reter Posted on: Nov 10th, 2017, 6:16pm
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS TO VISIT THE STEWARTSTOWN RAILROAD
Every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 to December 17

 
Trains will leave the station in Stewartstown, PA located at 21 West Pennsylvania Avenue (PA Route 851) on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
On Sundays the trains depart the station at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
 
Tickets cost $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65+), and $10 for youngsters (12 and younger). Lap children ride for FREE!
Tickets may be purchased at the station on the day of your trip or in advance on the railroad company's website: www.stewartstownrailroadco.com
 
Children will be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard the train, so be sure to bring your wish list!
 
All aboard!
 
--- Ray