The Stewartstown Railroad hasn’t been in the news lately, but it will be again soon as one of its locomotives will be put to use in New Freedom.
Stewartstown Railroad is leasing its No. 10 locomotive — a 44-ton diesel-electric made by General Electric – to Steam Into History Inc. for its use with its steam train, said David Williamson, president of the railroad.
The company has been working steadily on the locomotive to get it ready, Williamson said. It should move to New Freedom in mid-May.
Steam Into History will be running a replica of a Civil War era steam train along the Northern Central Railway between New Freedom and Hanover Junction. A steam locomotive built in Illinois could arrive later this month.
The nonprofit has plans to build turntables for the train, but that work will not be done until later. In the meantime, the train will be pushed and pulled by locomotives.
Meanwhile, the Stewartstown Railroad continues to work with the estate of George M. Hart to negotiate a settlement. The railroad owes $350,000 to the estate.
“We are collecting money from our new investors to make the final payment,” Williamson wrote in an email. “We are looking for a couple more investors to finish this up.”
By the way, National Train Day is this weekend, and the station will be open both days, Williamson said. Hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rides on small railcars will be offered; fare is $6 per seat. For more information, visit National Train Day.