Stewartstown RR Carries 1st Patrons since 2004

The Pennsylvania-based Stewartstown Railroad celebrated National Train Day on Saturday with its first passenger operation since 2004.

A Plymouth locomotive and caboose traveled a half-mile with a handful of passengers.

The railroad’s 35-ton Plymouth No. 9, nicknamed Mighty Mo, and a Pennsylvania Railroad caboose are being used in passenger service until a former Reading coach is ready for use later this year.

Workers have placed new ties on the first half-mile of track west of Stewartstown. The installation of additional ties is planned.

Excursion service on the 130-year-old railroad was suspended in 2004 after an Easter train derailed a few miles outside town

The Stewartstown Railroad extends for 7.4 miles from Stewartstown to New Freedom, where it interchanged freight with the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The full schedule of both train and motorcar operations can be found at www.stewartstownrailroadcompany.com.

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