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Steam into History update

From Debi Beshore:

“Staff and volunteers for Steam Into History are busy and working hard to meet the June deadline for our opening.  A couple of weeks ago the York #17 was tested at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin, Illinois.  Kloke Locomotive Works is busy working on a punch list.  Once that is complete the train will travel by truck to New Freedom around May 20.  If you follow us on Facebook there will be updates posted there as well.

Passenger coaches for the excursions are from the Flat Lands of Arkansas.  These period coaches built by Reader Railroad, will provide seating for up to 175 visitors.  As a bonus, there is a combination coach that holds bicycles, scooters and wheel chairs.   Coaches will have facilities and be handicapped accessible.  The new coaches that we are purchasing will be a pale yellow with a wine color trim.

Team Home Depot and a faithful group of volunteers have given our gift shop a true railroad station feel. We are proud of the “Main Street Station” although we still have some work to do it is looking great.

Volunteers have also been instrumental in getting track work done.  Every day, since the beginning of April, we have had flaggers working the trail and keeping the walkers, joggers and cyclists safe from the vehicles working on the tracks.  Curious on lookers are also treated to an operations that is not often done in this area.

Our first run will be June 2.  We will have a soft opening. The grand opening with week-end runs until June 21.  The June 21, 22 and 23 weekend will be our grand opening.  The story of Hanover Junction on June 27 will be told, when White’s Comanche troops, famous for their rebel yell, fanned out across York County, with orders to “destroy railroad connections and skirmish with the boys in Blue”.  Should be an exciting day for all.  On June 23, passengers will have the pleasure of meeting Myra Reichart and hear her story “We thought they would never come.” It will be an exciting week-end.

Excursion dates and times will be on the website shortly.  You will be able to purchase a ticket there as well as see any specials offered.  I hope to have that up and running within the week.  Adult ticket prices are $17.00, children under 12 are $9.00 and children who are sitting on ones lap will be free.

We will have living historians and musicians scheduled most week-ends.  These specials will be listed on the website calendar.  We have a wonderful line up and some surprises along the way.  Volunteers can be very clever with their presentations and we are excited with the line-up.  If you are interested in being a part of this let me know. Both Union and Confederates are welcome.

Our historian volunteers have been busy writing scripts and narrations to be presented on the train.  Visitors will learn about the small towns and commerce that took place along the rail corridor.   The model railroad group has had to slow down a bit since we needed their space during the shop renovations.  I hope they will be able to start their work in the shop shortly.

 There will be an abbreviated ride for families with children who prefer a shorter one hour ride round trip adventure from New Freedom to Glen Rock and back.  On each ride you will learn about the small towns and villages that sprung up all along the line.  You will hear about the mills and the farmers who moved their goods by train.

As a friend of Steam Into History, you can own a railroad tie that will memorialize your contribution to making the railroad an ever exciting attraction for York County and story about the Civil War in York County  Your sponsorship of $125.00 will help to build a York County tradition. Your contribution will create memories that will last a lifetime. Purchase two ties for the price of $200.00 and $50.00 of that contribution will be donated to the New Freedom Heritage Museum Park fund.  Contact me with your interest and I will be happy to work with you to make this happen.

Relive Civil War Railroad History, join us!”

Debi Dwyer Beshore

Steam Into History

2 West Main Street

P.O. Box 128

New Freedom, PA  17349

Manager-Sales and Administration


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Steam Into History, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization