Workdays this week (New Wednesday Start Time):
Wed, 7/30 @ 1 PM: Tie Distribution and Insertion (Coal bin to bridge)
Fri, 8/1 @ 12 Noon: Tie Insertion (Coal Bin to Bridge)
Sat, 8/2 @ 9AM: Tie Insertion (South of Coal bin to bridge)
If anyone wants to work on the coach during either of these work sessions, such as patching holes with body filler or continuing to paint the roof, please let us know!
Please consider supporting our friends at the Stewartstown Summer Theater!
One of our volunteers, Thomas Stahl, is in the show!! He would love for our Railroad Fans out there to come out and see him!!
From Wednesday, July 30 until Saturday August 9th, enjoy the sights and sounds of a Broadway Classic THE MUSIC MAN in your very own Hometown: Stewartstown, York County PA. One of the most popular shows of the Broadway classics, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. The Music Man provides a wide assortments of roles for both male and females. This is the second staging of The Music Man in Summer Theatre’s 35 year history.
Various times and dates are available, with some shows including dinner and dessert! Tickets are available online at http://www.sumctheatre.org/
The Stewartstown Railroad is a common-carrier railroad company (STRT) that has provided freight and passenger service to Southern-York County since 1885. Known as a short line, the Stewartstown Railroad owns 7.4 miles of track which runs from Stewartstown, PA to an interchange in New Freedom, Pennsylvania with the former Northern-Central Railway (NCRy). The former NCRy is 18 miles in length and runs from New Freedom to York City, Pennsylvania, serving as the Stewartstown’s only connection to the National Rail Network.
The Stewartstown Railroad served mostly farmers and a handful of small manufacturing firms in its early years. Unlike many railroads of the past, the Stewartstown Railroad was able to survive the Great Depression and the shift of shipping from rail to truck that occurred in the late 1950’s as a result of improved roads and highways. This was made possible by switching from Steam Engines to Gas-powered locomotives. Despite a decline in business through the 1960’s, a small group of loyal supporters (many of whom held stock in the company) utilized the Stewartstown Railroad until 1972 when Hurricane Agnes struck.
While the Stewartstown Railroad remained largely unscathed, the connecting Northern Central Railway sustained major damage. The soon-to-be bankrupt Penn Central owned the NCRy at the time and refused to repair the line. The USRA planners for the newly-formed CONRAIL (which assumed Penn Central’s rail lines) also refused to include the NCRy as a branch line. This left the Stewartstown Railroad without a connection to the outside world.
While it appeared that the Stewartstown Railroad was no longer going to be able to provide freight service, the company continued to maintain its Right-of-Way (ROW) and locomotives in preparation for future service. The Company’s efforts were rewarded when the PA Department of Transportation reopened the NCRy once again giving the Stewartstown an outside connection. The Stewartstown Railroad assumed trackage rights in 1985 and ran trains on the NCRy until 1992. Passenger excursion trains continued on the Stewartstown’s trackage until 2004.
In 2008 company officials reorganized and have since decided to resume passenger and freight operations. It is anticipated that passenger and freight services will resume in 2013. If you would like more information on the Stewartstown Railroad, please contact us or request further information. The Stewartstown Railroad is once again looking forward to providing passenger and rail freight services to Southern-York County.
2013 in Review
The Stewartstown Railroad Company is a privately-held, for-profit corporation and is NOT associated with The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad.