Stewartstown Railroad to Offer Excursion Trains

The Stewartown Railroad in south central Pennsylvania will offer tourist train service this year, starting on Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-10)

The railroad, which dates to 1884, will offer its first passenger service over the line since 2004.

In addition to Mother’s Day Weekend, trips are planned for holidays and special events, including Independence Day, fall foliage outings, Halloween and Christmas.

Initially the locomotive may just pull a caboose for passengers, but the railroad is working to ready a 1920s-era Reading coach for the trips.

Company directors and volunteers have been working over the past five years to rebuild the railroad, which came close to being abandoned, and have about a mile of track ready for the excursion service.

Members of the affiliated Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad have been replacing ties and cutting brush, and will continue to work on repairing the track in  hopes of expanding the length of the ride later this year.

Following lengthy and at time difficult negotiations with the estate of the late George M. Hart, the Stewartstown Railroad was able to reach a settlement that allowed it to continue operations of the 7.4-mile railroad.

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