Category Archives: Railroads

Steam into History events for the Spring of 2014

Photo of York #17 by Scott Mingus Steam into History operates a replica 4-4-0 locomotive and passenger cars meant to evoke the spirit and memory of the Northern Central Railway, an important regional railroad during the American Civil War. Here … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. — Then & Now

On the left is a photo commonly attributed to famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and his crew. It shows the Northern Central Railway bridge over the South Branch of the Codorus Creek at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. The original is … Continue reading

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Steam into History offering special weekend train excursions

Steam into History came into being from a vision and dream from a group of York County investors, most notably the late William H. Simpson. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, the Northern Central Railway transported tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s funeral train at York: a Philadelphia newsman’s account

On April 21, 1865, in a cold, steady spring rain, a funeral train carrying the remains of slain President Abraham Lincoln solemnly steamed through York County on the tracks of the Northern Central Railway. Thousands of mourners and curiosity seekers, … Continue reading

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Mechanicsburg Passenger Station Museum hosts Civil War exhibit

The Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Museum Association has been quite active over the years in preserving, interpreting, and understanding the history of this Cumberland Valley community. Among its holdings is the Passenger Station, a neat little museum inside the restored 1800′s station … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 2

16. The York firm of Billmeyer & Small manufactured railcars during the middle of the 19th century. A good chunk of their output was for the war effort. Shown above is the Billmeyer mansion on E. Market Street. It was … Continue reading

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150 years ago: Was this railroad lock a relic of the Confederate raid on Hanover Junction?

This vintage lock is marked PRR, for the Pennsylvania Railroad. During the Civil War years and later, that company controlled and managed the Northern Central Railway which ran north-south through the center of York County. On June 27, 1863, Confederate … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: June 27, 1863: Part 2: Telegraph announces the Rebels’ arrival

Daniel Trone, the young telegrapher at the railway station in Hanover, Pa., used this telegraph key to tap out the first message that the Confederates had arrived in York County. This old key is now in the collection of the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Famed general Winfield Scott & daughters at Hanover Junction?

A photographic team visited Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, in November 1863 to take photographs of the dignitaries waiting there for the westbound train to Gettysburg. Hanover Junction, located in southern York County less than 20 miles from the Maryland line, was … Continue reading

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