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The four teen historians go over logistics - yes, scheduling and such - concerning the Red Lion Train Station Museum. The four young historians: Bottom photo, from left, Nate Heffner, Tristan Mundis, Tate Lehman, and Nathan Filak.

Have a question about York County railroads? These four teens will have the answer

Great to see young people steeped in history.

Four high schoolers are putting their knowledge – and energy – behind the Red Lion Area Historical Society’s Train Station Museum.

They come from different high schools, but local history ties them together – particularly railroad history.

Meet friends Tate Lehman, Nate Heffner, Nathan Filak, and Tristan Mundis,

You’ll see them around the station, interacting with visitors and operating the extensive model railroad platform at the rear of the old Ma & Pa Railroad Station.

I asked Tristan, 16, if he would show me his five favorite artifacts at the museum.

“It was hard to choose five things. There are so many things in here that I … like,” he said.

You’ll find his selections below.

Their enthusiasm for local history is infectious and their knowledge is deep!

Oh, and the next open house is July 28: https://tinyurl.com/y5n5hg5z.


Bottom photo, from left, Tate Lehman, Nate Heffner, Nathan Filak, and Tristan Mundis, seen in the model railroad area of the museum, are friends as well as volunteers at the train station. (Jim McClure, photo).
Tristan Mundis’ favorite artifact, No. 1: This enormous cigar was part of a float in Red Lion’s 50 anniversary parade in 1930. Tristan said he saw photos of the cigar before he saw the artifact.
Favorite Artifact No. 2: This sign, affixed to the south side of the Ma & Pa Railroad station on East Market Street in York, greeted passengers aboard trains in the city.
Artifact No. 3: The sign from a longtime downtown Red Lion business. Tristan said the design is unlike other artifacts in the museum.
Artifact No. 4: The keys to the Felton Ma & Pa. Railroad Train Station. Tristan says it’s disassembled and in storage. When it’s rebuilt, no one will be locked out!
The original slots from the Springvale Post Office. (The sign is a replica). Springvale was another Ma & Pa Railroad stop.
The old Springvale Post Office, which stands today. (Jim McClure, photo).
Tristan Mundis, right, answers questions from a visitor at a recent open house at the Red Lion Train Station Museum.