Folks who have ridden the Steam into History excursion train between New Freedom and Glen Rock or Hanover Junction, Pa., may be familiar with Brenda Yarrison. She often rides the train as a volunteer hostess, telling stories to the patrons throughout the ride through the York County countryside. Dressed elegantly in replica period attire, she entertains the guests in a warm, friendly fashion that has drawn compliments. She has collected several of these stories into a short booklet which is now available to the public.
Tales Along the Tracks is a series of short anecdotes and incidents drawn from her narrative she uses on the steam train excursions. I was fortunate to read through the Civil War portions of the booklet and make a few suggestions. Brenda sells the inexpensive book during the train rides, and it is also available at the Steam into History gift shop and ticket office at 2 West Main Street in New Freedom (or call 717-942-2370 to ask for a copy or to inquire as to ticket availability).
Here is an example of the stories and layout of the new booklet.
I would encourage Cannonball readers to ride the Steam into History train. It’s a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. For more information, please visit their website.
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* I have two new Civil War books in the works. The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack & Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863 will be published in August by Savas Beatie LLC. Dave Shultz is the primary author; I did some significant editing and added material on Anderson’s division. SB will also publish The Second Battle of Winchester later this year or early next year. Eric J. Wittenberg was my collaborator on this one.
* I have also written a new booklet for York County Parks entitled The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War. This will be in print later this summer and available at Hanover Junction and other park offices.
* Mark your calendars! I will be presenting a PowerPoint talk on “The Underground Railroad in York County” on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
* Work continues on the William C. Goodridge House and Underground Railroad Museum in 123 E. Philadelphia Street. This is a very worthwhile project which could use additional funding and support.
* Don’t forget to stop by YCHT and view their very interesting “The Fiery Trial” exhibition on the Civil War in York County! It’s well worth your time! For more information, click here.