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.
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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
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 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 email@example.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.
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.