Make it a new rail trail

Make it a new rail trail

There are 8 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Nov 11, 2010, titled Make it a new rail trail. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

I am responding to the editorial which appeared in the Sunday News on Nov. 7. The last sentence stated "Something must be done to preserve at least a piece of the Stewartstown line." The Stewartstown Railroad can experience the same rebirth as the Northern Central Railroad corridor and be preserved for all time as an asset for the citizens of York ...

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MEL

Annapolis, MD

#1 Nov 14, 2010
I AM IN FAVOR OF KEEPING IT A RAILROAD AND LET IT BE A TOURIST ATTRACTION. IT IS WORKING IN THE STRASBURG AREA AND WHY WON'T IT WORK HERE. THERE IS A TRAIL IN THE NEW FREEDOM AND SHREWSBURY AREAS AND YOU DON'T NEED ANY MORE OF THE SAME. THE TRAIN RIDES WOULD BE NICE FOR THE KIDS AND SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
I KNOW IT TAKES MONEY TO GET STARTED BUT IT CAN BE DONE.
WITH PEOPLE OUT OF WORK YOU IT WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM GETTING VOLENTEERS TO DO THE WORK ON THE RAILS.
Lou Mason

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2010
I have lived in East Hopewell Township for 20 years. Never took a ride on the train. Never used the Rail Trail over in the Glen Rock area. If the existing Rail Trail generates $4,000,000.00 a year in economic impact why do my taxes need to be used to support it. Notice that was a statement not a question. We have spent enough on the Syewartstown train line, we should sell it or scrap it but don't make me pay for it. Give the land its on back to the property owners who border it and increase their taxes for the extra value that is added. Or sell it and let somebody run it for profit and pay taxes on it. It will make money either way. Mr, Knoch's idea sounds expensive.
money

Hanover, PA

#3 Nov 14, 2010
Strasburg is a combination of two entites state and private.
Righteous

Forest Hill, MD

#4 Nov 14, 2010
MEL wrote:
I AM IN FAVOR OF KEEPING IT A RAILROAD AND LET IT BE A TOURIST ATTRACTION. IT IS WORKING IN THE STRASBURG AREA AND WHY WON'T IT WORK HERE. THERE IS A TRAIL IN THE NEW FREEDOM AND SHREWSBURY AREAS AND YOU DON'T NEED ANY MORE OF THE SAME. THE TRAIN RIDES WOULD BE NICE FOR THE KIDS AND SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
I KNOW IT TAKES MONEY TO GET STARTED BUT IT CAN BE DONE.
WITH PEOPLE OUT OF WORK YOU IT WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM GETTING VOLENTEERS TO DO THE WORK ON THE RAILS.
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The reason why it works for strausburg is because it's large and in good condition. No one cares about a tiny one track railroad. I agree that you could easily find volunteers to run the railroad since we have so many 5th and 6th generation inbreds with no lives in this town.
Mr C

Baltimore, MD

#5 Nov 14, 2010
The Strasburg Railroad is also a one-track line, about 4 1/2 miles long. The Stewartstown Railroad, on the other hand, is just over 7 miles long.

Also, to my knowledge there hasn't been any public money put into the Stewartstown Railroad. It has been privately financed since its founding in 1884. That would change dramatically, of course, if it is converted into a rail trail.

As for rail trail traffic projections, I think the folks who live along the Stewartstown Railroad will really enjoy the thought of thousands of unsupervised strangers passing by their windows--especially when the homeowners are away at work.
2red2k

United States

#6 Nov 14, 2010
A 7 mile railroad makes no sense economically and would never be financially viable. The Rail Trail provides welcome recreation availability at no cost to the taxpayer. If you haven't visited the trail, I encourage you to do so, and bring your walking shoes or bike.
Mr C

Baltimore, MD

#7 Nov 14, 2010
2red2k wrote:
A 7 mile railroad makes no sense economically and would never be financially viable. The Rail Trail provides welcome recreation availability at no cost to the taxpayer. If you haven't visited the trail, I encourage you to do so, and bring your walking shoes or bike.
Oh, really? Who pays for construction, maintenance, security, ADA-compliant rest stations, etc., along the rail trail?
local

Delta, PA

#8 Dec 16, 2010
Mr C wrote:
The Strasburg Railroad is also a one-track line, about 4 1/2 miles long. The Stewartstown Railroad, on the other hand, is just over 7 miles long.
Also, to my knowledge there hasn't been any public money put into the Stewartstown Railroad. It has been privately financed since its founding in 1884. That would change dramatically, of course, if it is converted into a rail trail.
As for rail trail traffic projections, I think the folks who live along the Stewartstown Railroad will really enjoy the thought of thousands of unsupervised strangers passing by their windows--especially when the homeowners are away at work.
You are correct--no public money, except donations, have been put into the railroad.

I guarantee you that the folks who live along the line will NOT be happy to have thousands of strangers passing between their house and garage, or better yet, within 10 or so feet of their front porch, or through their backyard. THIS IS NOT THE NC LINE! It bisects properties. Also the grade on the railroad is very steep--bike riders had better be in superb physical shape. It simply is not suitable for a rail trail--period!

If you read the history of what happened to this railroad, you would see that the RR has experienced bad luck--Hurricane Agnes isolated the line by destroying the NC line, the rail trial increasing insurances costs to run trains and people on the same line, and a board president, who was supposed to be a noted "Railroad Preservationist" running the line into the ground by delaying maintenance,(Check what happened in Jim Thorpe, PA--things there deteriorated very similar to Stewartstown) and then sticking the railroad with a lien that was supposed to be forgiven, since he had no heirs.

This railroad is extremely historic. I have seen a reliable study that-proves it is the only one left in the United States that still operates with its original charter and corporate structure intact, and the original line unchanged. It is a one-of-a-kind entity that is in York County. The problem is that it is not located in the York area. People in Stewartstown feel that anything down here is ignored--not considered important. One would think York Heritage Trust would be interested in preserving a unique part of the county's history! Apparently not.

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