Friends of Stewartstown Railroad seeking to raise funds to resume rail service over historic bridge

The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. are soliciting donations to install 25 new bridge timbers on the historic Iron bridge. Also known as Valley Road Bridge, or bridge #7, it is the single oldest structure on the Stewartstown railroad.

The rail line in the nearby vicinity has been out of service to trains since 2004 when a minor derailment demonstrated the need for a significant tie rehabilitation program. Running full-sized trains over the revitalized Iron bridge will be a significant milestone in the expansion of passenger excursions. Train rides currently stop just short of the Iron bridge due to the need for bridge timber replacement.

New bridge timbers have already been purchased. Funds raised will be used to pay for installation by a professional contractor. Unfortunately, due to the height and length of the bridge, we do not feel comfortable asking volunteers to perform this dangerous work. Donations in excess of the contractor fees will be used to purchase ties to expand the length of class 1 track beyond the bridge. A total of $9,500 is needed and $9,262 has been raised so far, nearly 98%!

The Friend’s goal is to raise the remaining funds within the next 60 days. We need assistance from people like you to make this dream come true. After an absence of 15 years, passengers will once again be able to experience a ride over the more than 150-year-old bridge on a Stewartstown Railroad train. You can help make this happen! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via

For those more comfortable with PayPal, donations toward our campaign can also be made here:

Or, Donations can also be mailed  to:
Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc.
C/O Iron Bridge Restoration Fund
PO Box 456
Stewartstown, PA 17363

Thank you.


Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities on the Stewartstown Railroad. We have opportunities in the track department, coach restoration, locomotive mechanical, and train crews open. We especially need help with the station, selling tickets and interacting with passengers. If you would like to help sell tickets or souvenirs, please let us know. We provide all training. You can can volunteer as much or as little as your interests and time permit.

The Following Days are currently open for Ticket and Station Agents:
* Saturday / Sunday Oct 13 and 14
* Friday, October 19
* Saturday / Sunday Oct 20 and 21
* Saturday / Sunday Oct 27 and 28
* Sunday, November 4
* Saturday / Sunday November 10 and 11

Ticket/Station agents typically volunteer about 4 hours when we operate. Please inquire if you are interested.

Thank you.

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We have reached our Roof Fundraising Goal

Thank you to everyone for the support and generous donations toward our Fundraising goal of $7,500. Between GoFundMe and mail-in donations, we made it!! Work is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018. Keep a watch here for updates as we save and restore our Historic turn-of-the-century train station.

URGENT: Roof Stabilization Fundraiser Underway

URGENT: Roof Stabilization Fundraiser Underway

The Friends have launched an emergency fundraising effort to stabilize the slate roof on the Stewartstown Train Station. Built in 1914, the original slate roof over the second story, as well as the freight house, are crumbling and no longer water-tight.  A series of spring storms with strong winds and golf ball-sized hail has damaged several pieces of slate. Over time, water has also leaked inside the station and damaged the plaster and lath walls and ceiling. Volunteers have made temporary repairs to stabilize the roof and upstairs interior rooms. Lower sections of the roof were in such bad shape just a few years ago the slate was removed and replaced with asphalt shingles. The Slate Roof will be replaced with metal roofing.

We currently have $2,680 raised of the $5,000 needed. Please consider making a donation via go fund me at: or checks can be sent to:
Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc.
C/O Roof Replacement Fund
Po Box 456
Stewartstown, PA 17363

Be sure to notate Roof Restoration Fund on your check.

If you have already made a donation, we thank you very much. Please pass the word and help us reach $5,000!

Coach Workday – Saturday, May 26 @ 9AM


The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. are sponsoring a coach 1158 workday on Saturday, May 26 at 9:00 AM. Interested individuals should meet at the Railroad Station, 21 West Pennsylvania Ave., Stewartstown. We will be working on removing the passenger seats and placing them into storage. As time allows, we will remove water-damaged ceiling panels to prepare the car for roof repairs by a contractor. We are making great progress on our projects and invite you to become a part of the railroad. Please RSVP (or send questions) to the crew leader, Richard, at We thank the community for their continued support of our endeavors! A pizza lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Continued work forward on this car is made possible by a generous $10,000 grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

For more information on the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, or to join, please visit We are also on Facebook: The Friends are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of the historic Stewartstown Railroad.