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2016 Fall Foliage and Halloween Rides

posted Sep 26, 2016, 3:44 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

2016 Fall Foliage flyer
We’re happy to announce that tickets for the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society’s Halloween and Fall Foliage rides are on sale once again! Please note that this year’s excursions will be held the weekend of October 21-23.

On Friday, October 21th, we will be hosting our annual Halloween trips departing at 6 PM and 8 PM.  These family-friendly rides will last about an hour, and kids of every age are encouraged to join in the fun by wearing their costumes on board! As you rumble down the line be prepared for a cast of Halloween visitors bearing tricks and treats to visit your car. Tickets are $10 per person for each Friday ride. Join us for some Halloween fun!

Saturday the 22nd brings our first of two Fall Foliage excursions.  Enjoy the beautiful fall sunshine and some spectacular leaf peeping. At 10 AM, the train will head into Pleasant Gap for a 2-hour excursion.   At 1 PM, we will be heading south through the Bald Eagle Valley all the way into Tyrone.  Once we arrive in Tyrone enjoy snacks for sale and a bit of fresh air at the station. Or, stroll downtown for an ice cream, stretch your legs and explore the borough.  Tickets are $15 for the Pleasant Gap run and $30 for the Tyrone trip. 

On Sunday we have two separate trips to Sayers Dam new Howard, PA, departing at 1 PM and 4 PM. Tickets are $20 for both trips. Unfortunately, due to usage of the Lemont, PA branch line for tank car storage, we are unable to travel to Lemont this year.

To purchase tickets, head over to the ticket window.  If you have any questions, send us an email at info@bellefontetrain.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

See you on the train!

Speeder Rides at the Bellefonte Fall Festival

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:49 AM by Andrew Cobaugh

Speeder Rides advertisement
Take a trip back in time through fall foliage on mini track-work rail cars during the Bellefonte Fall Festival on October 15, 2016.

These speeder cars, owned by members of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society, are small track work cars used by railroads prior to the advent of Hi-Rail equipment (trucks with rail wheels). 

This short speeder trip will run alongside Talleyrand Park from the Bellefonte Train Station to the PA MatchFactory and back.

Rides run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15, and are only $1 per rider. Tickets are available at the event. More info here.

Summer 2016 Speeder Events

posted Apr 12, 2016, 7:23 AM by Andrew Cobaugh

Once again, we have several Speeder rides scheduled for this Summer. Mark your calendars now!

Lemont Strawberry Festival

  • June 11, 2016 - 3PM to 7PM

Lemont Arts Fest

  • July 16, 2016 - 10AM to 4PM
  • July 17, 2016 - 12PM to 4PM
Ticket prices are: $3 for adults$2 for children 12 and under. Tickets are sold in the Granary next to the track right before you board. No pre-sales.

Be sure to check out the Lemont Village Association's website for more details on their Strawberry Festival and first annual Arts Fest, as well as other events in Lemont you may be interested in.

See the poster below for more details.

Summer Speeder Rides 2016 Flyer


Summer Speeder Rides

posted Mar 8, 2015, 8:04 AM by Andrew Cobaugh

Once again, BHRS will be offering several opportunities to ride the rails in Lemont by speeder this summer!

Dates/times:

Lemont Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 4PM to 8PM
Lemont Arts Fest
Saturday, July 12, 2015 - 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 12PM to 5PM

Ticket prices are: $3 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under. Tickets are sold in the Granary next to the track right before you board. No pre-sales.

Be sure to check out the Lemont Village Association's website for more details on their Strawberry Festival and first annual Arts Fest, as well as other events in Lemont you may be interested in.

See the poster below for more details.

Summer speeder rides poster


RDC 9167 Hits the road

posted Dec 15, 2014, 11:37 PM by Andrew Richards

9167 Gets prepared for the move
Wide swingNew tires
NS 10A passes the work site9167 Gets a lift
Lift truck?
Leaving Blazer Enterprises
9167 crests Skytop Mountain9167 Turns onto Valley Vista Dr.
On Friday, the Nittany and Bald Eagle RR moved the car from the siding at Cerro/Titan Energy to the siding at Blazer Enterprises near Wingate.  

On Monday morning, #9167 got a lift from a big crane. The car was lifted off of its trucks, one end at at time and placed onto highway wheels for the drive to Columbia, PA.  The lift job took about 3 hours and other prep work took several more.  The car departed via PA 220 to I-99.  That may be the very first time a railroad car has been over Skytop Mountain!

We were treated to 2 trains passing by during the work day, both the NBER local turn and NS 10A bound for Northumberland.

Special thanks go out to Titan Energy Park, and to Blazer Enterprises, for donating the use of their sidings and property for this project. 

A big thank you also to the Nittany and Bald Eagle RR, for moving the RDC to and from its various work sites at no charge.  We could not have made this project work without the support of the NBER!

RDC Engine Removal

posted Dec 10, 2014, 3:11 PM by Andrew Richards

Engine #1 removed
Removal dolly
Preparing engine for removal
Engine #2 removed on dolly










For the move by highway, the heavier components of the RDC need to be removed.  In the first picture you see engine #1 removed from car sitting on a trailer.  A special dolly (engine removal tool) is used to help lower and roll the engine out from under the car.  Here you can see the dolly being set up to remove engine #2 and the guys preparing to drop the engine onto the dolly.  In the final picture, you see the engine rolled out from under the car. Working outside in the cold, while typical of many railroad operations, is never fun.  I'm sure the guys will be happy to have the RDC inside the shop in controlled conditions for the majority of the work!

Work on RDC 9167 gets started!

posted Dec 9, 2014, 9:11 AM by Andrew Richards   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 11:00 AM by Andrew Cobaugh ]

Repairs get started on 9167.
Work is finally underway to restore RDC 9167.  Recently the car was relocated (by NBER) to a siding at the old Cerro facility, now Titan Energy Park.  Rail Mechanical Services of Columbia, PA will use the siding as a work area to disassemble the under body components of the car and prepare it for a move by highway to their facility in Columbia.

The engines, trucks and other components will be trucked down and the car body itself will be lifted onto special highway bogies for the move.  Current plans call for the car to be disassembled here, then moved by rail to the siding for Blazer Enterprises, between Julian and Wingate, PA.  On Monday the 15th, a crane will lift the car onto it's highway wheels and the car will be on it's way.  We expect the car to return to Bellefonte, in the Summer of 2015, on rail, via Norfolk Southern and the Nittany and Bald Eagle RR. 

BHRS crews completed the replacement of all 22 passenger compartment windows earlier this week, and all those windows are now FRA compliant and clear to see out of!  The cab windows will be replaced by RMS as a part of the restoration project.  We look forward to the return of RDC 9167 to service by the end of 2015!

Toys for Tots Speeder Rides

posted Dec 2, 2014, 10:38 AM by Andrew Cobaugh   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 12:27 PM ]

Toys for Tots
Join us Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the annual Lemont Christmas Market for a quick trip to the North Pole! BHRS will be running speeder rides departing from the historic Granary in Lemont, PA from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Warm up in the enclosed, heated cab of the Christmas Speeder operated by Santa's number one elf, Cody Martin. As you bustle down the line, surprises await you around each bend! Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under, sold the day of the ride. 

In addition to the rides, there will be a collection box for anyone who wants to bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Toys for Tots.

October 4 Work Party a success

posted Oct 7, 2014, 7:46 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

Lemont track work
On Saturday, October 4, a crew of approximately one half dozen volunteers descended upon Lemont to perform maintenance on BHRS-owned trackage. The crew was successful in digging out and removing 23 of the old ties marked to be replaced, and inserted and spiked new ties in their place. The new ties have yet to be ballasted and tamped - that work will be completed on Sunday, October 12. Loose and/or missing joint bolts were also tightened or replaced as necessary. Gauge was also corrected in several locations as the work progressed, either slightly widening or narrowing the distance between the rails as necessary.

This is the third consecutive season that major track work has been embarked upon in Lemont. BHRS members are becoming quite familiar with this type of work, and we are accomplishing much by hand that was done by machine the first time around.

All of this work is in preparation for our upcoming Fall Foliage excursions, two of which will travel over this very same track.
Lemont track work.

Thanks go out to all who attended last Saturday's work party. Please stay tuned for an announcement regarding the next work party to complete ballasting and tamping of the new ties.

Bellefonte Borough, Historical Railroad Society Extend Train Station Platform

posted Sep 28, 2014, 6:53 PM by Tom Canich   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 5:36 AM by Dan Durachko ]

Volunteers of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society in cooperation with employees of the Bellefonte Borough extended the brick platform adjacent to Bellefonte train station extended passenger platformthe Bellefonte Train Station and Talleyrand park.  The project also included improvements to the train station gutter drainage system and repairs to portions of the brick apron surrounding the station.  

The project added 28 linear feet to the loading platform between the train station and the SEDA-COG JRA/NBER tracks.  President Dan Durachko said "The extension enhances rider experience, provides a long-lasting improvement to the Station area, and is a definite safety upgrade over previous conditions."  In foul weather stone and mud are carried into historic passenger cars creating slippery conditions on the steps and the previous uneven gravel paving could be difficult to navigate safely.

In addition to the platform extension, Bellefonte Borough employees redirected the train station downspouts into the nearby mill race.  Previously the spouting led to a dry well which would back up in heavy rain spraying water along the walls of the building and damaging the brick and mortar joints.  BHRS volunteers repaired the paving disturbed by the spouting redirection.  The spouting redirection will allow the Bellefonte Chamber of Commerce to move forward with repairs to the brick work of this historic building.

Dan, who spearheaded the project, would like to thank the Bellefonte Borough, the Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad, SEDA-COG JRA, and volunteers Tim, Keith, Mel, George, Ken, and Andy for making this project a success.

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