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York #17, the Simpson. A modern replica pulls excursion trains along the route of the old Northern Central Railway from New Freedom to Hanover Junction (SLM photo)

York CWRT to discuss the Hanover Branch Railroad on August 15

PRESS RELEASE: York Civil War Round Table —

On August 15, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table as they welcome local historian and railroad museum docent Ray Kinard as the featured guest speaker. Mr. Kinard will present a program titled “The Hanover Branch Railroad: Gateway to Gettysburg.”

The monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library and Archives, 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, PA. Admission and parking are both free, and the meeting is open to the public. Please bring a friend.

Mr. Kinard will discuss why the Hanover Railroad wanted to connect to the Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad in the decade before the Civil War. He will talk about the beginnings of the HBRR, including how the railroad was charted and financed. He will then focus on how the railroad was built, the part it played transporting Civil War troops to Gettysburg, and its part in carrying the wounded from Gettysburg.

The big event for the Hanover Branch Railroad occurred in November 1863 when it transported President Abraham Lincoln to Gettysburg to deliver the now famous Gettysburg Address.

Finally, the decline and demise of the Hanover Branch RR will be discussed.

Ray Kinard is a 4 score plus 3 retired amateur historian. He is a member of several York County historical societies and is the Vice President of the Codorus Valley Society.  He is a member of the York Civil War Round Table.

He is a member of the Board of the Friends of the Heritage Rail Trail and a Greeter and Historian of the Hanover Junction Museum.

Mr. Kinard is also a member of OLLI at Penn State in York and a member of the committee to recruit speakers. He has given talks on approximately a dozen subjects to historical societies and other groups.

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