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: https://www.gofundme.com/stewartstown-railroad-station-roof 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

COACH WORKDAY ANNOUCEMENT – Saturday, May 26

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 rraubensti@aol.com. 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 www.StewartstownFriends.org. We are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FSTRT/. The Friends are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of the historic Stewartstown Railroad.

The Friends Receive a grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust

We are very pleased to announce that we have received a $10,000 grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust. These funds will be used to continue restoration work on the Friends’ former Reading Company coach #1158. We sincerely thank the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust for their most generous grant. We encourage anyone with an interest in passenger coach preservation and restoration to join in on this project. Matt Mundis, one of our project managers, would love to hear from you. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to restore coach 1158 into her former Reading Railroad glory.

 

Recent Equipment Donation received to help further our preservation and restoration efforts

I am pleased to announce on behalf of the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc., that we have received a generous donation from the York Railway Company. A crew was busy this past Saturday preparing a Tie Inserter and Ballast Regulator for pickup in 2 weeks. When these items come to the Stewartstown Railroad, they will be repaired, painted, and placed into service. The Tie Inserter will be especially helpful this spring to our volunteer track crews as we expand the ride on the mainline. Productivity could jump to over 100 ties per day. The ballast regulator comes without a front axle, so it may be a while before it goes into service. The York Railway Company has also donated former MA and PA locomotive 84 to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad. It will be going into storage for evaluation and repairs before coming home at a later point in time. MA and PA 84 will remain in its current paint scheme as long as possible. Donations toward MA and PA Locomotive 84’s restoration and repairs can be sent to: Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. Po Box 456 Stewartstown, PA 17363. We sincerely thank the York Railway Company for the generous donation to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad.

Dave Watson,
President

We received a grant!

The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have received a generous gift from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation. These funds will be used to rehabilitate the outside of coach 1341. We sincerely thank the Tom E. Dailey Foundation for this most generous gift!

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