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Railroad Heritage Day Open House
Special exhibits, presentations, displays, demonstrations, activities, food, tours of the historic village and motorcar train rides.
The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks invites the public to their 19th annual Railroad Heritage Day on Saturday, September 24. The open house, taking place between 10 am and 5 pm, features fun for the entire family – special exhibits, presentations, displays, demonstrations, activities, food, tours of the historic village and of course motorcar train rides through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley. Everything is free with a small charge for train rides.
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The attractions located in the village take visitors back to life as it was in 1915. Visitors can tour the A.M. Grove General Store that was built in 1899. Inside they will find a post office, railroad ticket office, player piano and a hand operated freight elevator. Outside, track working demonstrations will be offered. As an added attraction, Don Kirkpatrick of Fredericksburg, Va., is bringing his hand pumped railcar so visitors can propel themselves down the tracks as men did at the time the railroad was built. Heritage Day is the only time each season when Ma & Pa locomotive No. 82 and caboose No. 2007 are open to the public.
Other village buildings include the historic roller mill, a 9,000 bushel grain elevator, fertilizer warehouse, and bank barn. Nearly three dozen historically trained costumed interpreters will add a living history flavor to the experience as they interact with guests.
This year is the 140th anniversary of the completion of the narrow gauge Peach Bottom Railway from York to Delta. The arrival of the railroad totally transformed the communities it served. The narrow gauge predecessors of the Ma & Pa Railroad will be highlighted that day. Walter Holloway, a Ma & Pa Railroad historian from Bel Air, Md. will present a slide show on the narrow gauge predecessors of the Ma & Pa Railroad. This featured event will be offered three times during the day. He will also be bringing photographs and documents to display.
1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, PA 17302
Free parking in front of the general store and across the highway too.