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New Hope and Ivyland Railroad

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New Hope and Ivyland Railroad - Pennsylvania

Photos by Ben Prepelka
Steam Locomotive #40 by Chris Muller

     Bucks County, one of Pennsylvania's most eastern counties, was founded in 1682 by William Penn. New Hope Train Depot - New Hope, Pennsylvania Named after Penn's family home in England, Buckinghamshire, Bucks County is famous for its historic sites, which include Pennsbury Manor, the home of Pear S. Buck, and Washington Crossing Historic Park.
     Following a 60s trend in America, a group of railroad enthusiast and businessmen invested about a quarter of a million dollars in Reading Railroad's New Hope Line in Central Bucks County. Incorporated as Steam Trains Inc., the fledgling company could not escape this huge debt and unforeseen overhead. Even though the railway was supported with volunteer railroad enthusiasts, the company filed for bankruptcy in 1971. Under receivership, the railway continued with passenger and freight service and was eventually sold to the Bucks County Railroad Preservation and Restoration Corporation New Hope Railroad Steam Locomotive #40 in 1990. Their two million dollar restoration project included the Victorian style New Hope Depot, a new boarding platform and freight house. Steam train passenger service return in 1991, utilizing steam locomotive #40 and five 1920s vintage passenger cars. Railway excursions, from either New Hope or Lahaska stations, introduce passengers to the Golden Age of railroading. Traveling the same route as used in the 1914 film series, Perils of Pauline, the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad rumbles through the picturesque countryside of Bucks County. Here, passengers enjoy the exceptional scenery, plus all the charm of 20th century railway excursion.

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