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Stewartstown Railroad Company

In a previous post we had a look at a historic landmark, which began operations in 1885. The Stewartstown Railroad Company appears to have passed into history at first look, but a closer examination reveals that it remains in operation. Each time I have passed it's location in southern York County Pennsylvania, rail cars and other rail yard equipment has been moved around or completely changed. Yes, there are signs of life here, although the company's future remains uncertain. A serious derailment (2004) and the after-affects of hurricane Agnes (1972) left much of it's rail access limited and attempts to regain connections with the Pennsylvania Railroad and other access routes have been an ongoing challenge legally. But through all of this, the railroad remains in operation and retains it's limited right-of-way with the unwavering dedication of stock holders and volunteers.

Stewartstown Railroad Company - Corner View
Stewartstown Railroad Company - Corner View

Above is an image of the station and offices. The building, built in 1914, looks to be in great shape physically, despite the obvious cracks and crumbling of the foundation's perimeter. I peeked in a window and the interior looks very nice as well.

Below, we zoom in for a closer look at a street-side shipping & receiving doorway and dock area. There was a distracting "No Skateboarding" sign on the door, which I removed in Photoshop.

Stewartstown Railroad Company
Stewartstown Railroad Company

As a longtime fan of railroads, I truly hope the Stewartstown Railroad Company continues to operate and will someday return to prominence. I understand that an occasional excursion is conducted and I will be checking into this, as I would love to take a ride through the back country on this historic railway route.

For more information you can visit the Stewartstown Railroad Company site.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Rail Yard Equipment

Traveling through southern Pennsylvania you come across many small towns and communities with things of historic value. Such was the case when I passed through Stewartstown where a railroad company was created around 1885.  During it's first nearly 90 years of operation, the Stewartstown Railroad Company provided freight and passenger services to the communities of the Deer Creek Valley and ran a route to New Freedom, connecting to the Northern Central Railway. Just off of a main intersection sits the historic railroad's property, including the original station. With a typical small town feel, you can walk right up to the site and take in it's historical significance.

Rail Yard Equipment - HDR
Rail Yard Equipment - HDR

In this HDR image I simply focused on the rail yard equipment resting on the rails alongside the building. The long arm-type structure extends from a small crane on the track. The small cart reminds me of one of those two-man pumpers with the handle in the middle.  I do not know the technical names, hence the title, Rail Yard Equipment. :-)

Processing

The RAW files (-2, 0, +2) were processed using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. I was able to make all of the adjustments there to obtain this final result. One of the great tools in this package is the adjustment brush where you can apply any effect locally, which save s a ton of time.

Thanks for visiting!

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