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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The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. raised more than $7,500 in June 2018 to hire a contractor to replace the failing slate roof on the Stewartstown Train Station. The roof had been leaking for many years, and the Friends have replaced sections of the roof starting in 2008. The cost to replace slate with slate were too cost-prohibitive, so the decision was made to go with a metal roof. Thanks to our donors and supporters, the Stewartstown Station has finally been saved and the station is now water tight.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.