Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad Seeking Donations for #GivingTuesday

Since 2006, the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the Preservation, Promotion, and Restoration of the Stewartstown Railroad, has persevered thru the generosity of donors and dedication of volunteers that dearly love this historic little gem. Like many non-profit organizations, we depend on donations to provide materials and supplies used in various preservation and restoration efforts participated in by our volunteer members. Last year we built (from the ground up) and placed an open-air excursion car into service completely from donations. We also replaced the roof on the Stewartstown Station and helped to return the Iron Bridge back in to service. These efforts were all made possible by the generosity of our supporters and donors!

Since then, we have been hard at work rehabilitating our latest acquisition: former Reading Company coach #1158. A significant grant from from the John H. Emery trust has made this effort possible. We are currently looking to raise an additional $1,000 from this annual #GivingTuesday to keep the restoration work momentum up! When coach #1158’s restoration is complete, it will return to active service on the Stewartstown Railroad where it will serve as a demonstration early 1920’s inter-urban passenger coach. Will you please consider donating to our coach #1158 restoration currently in progress? All donations will go toward materials, paint, steel, and glass needed to finish this project by Summer 2020. We thank you for your consideration of this request!

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

The Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. successfully raised more than $10,000 to hire a contractor 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 work was completed and the bridge opened in June 2019 to full sized passenger trains.

The rail line in the nearby vicinity had 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 poses a significant milestone in the expansion of passenger excursions. Train rides now currently run just short distance pasthe Iron bridge with more class 1 track being added monthly.

We sincerely thank all donors and supporters for helping to make this happen. 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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Friends of Stewartstown Railroad, Inc. raise more than $7,500 to replace failing Stewartstown Train Station Roof

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.