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Lemont track maintenance report

posted Nov 5, 2020, 7:38 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

Crews were onsite in Lemont on May 23 and October 24 this year to dig out ties and remove mud that had been washed in through the cut. This work is intended to improve drainage at the site.

A third work party is tentatively scheduled for Nov 14, 9am to 3pm. Final plans will be announced on the Members email list.

A huge thanks to all who came out to help!


Victorian Christmas

posted Dec 17, 2019, 9:58 AM by Andrew Richards

BHRS hosted speeder rides for 2019 Victorian Christmas in Bellefonte on Saturday 12/14.  Even with the rainy weather, we had a fun day and over 150 people had a chance to take a short ride on the festively decorated speeder cars.  Special thanks to George Baney and Cody Martin for bringing out their cars for the event.

October Fun

posted Sep 10, 2019, 7:22 AM by Andrew Richards

As summer draws to a close we are gearing up for our Fall Foliage train rides.  Coming up in October we will have 2 Halloween themed rides on Friday evening the 25th.  Then on Saturday and Sunday the 26-27th will be our Fall Colors rides, with this year's trips going to Pleasant Gap, Sayers Dam, and Tyrone. Join us for some spooky fun on Friday or to view the beautiful Fall Foliage in Central PA on Saturday or Sunday.

If you like to dress up for Halloween, we are always looking for volunteers to join us for our parade through the train.  Put on your best costume and show your Halloween spirit as you hand out candy and treats to all the kids (and hungry adults) while parading through the train.  It's lots of fun!  If you would like join us as a costumed character, please contact us by email at for more information.

Summer speeder events and track work

posted Sep 10, 2019, 7:12 AM by Andrew Richards

Over the summer BHRS hosted Speeder rides at the Lemont Strawberry Festival and at the Bellefonte Cruise.  Both events were well attended and lots of fun for members and riders alike.  In addition to these events, we had work crews on our Lemont track clearing weeds and brush and installing new cross ties on the track.  We typically replace 25 - 50 ties each year.  This work is done by hand, with our crew of volunteers helping to dig out the old ties, place the new ties, and then spike the rails and tamp new ballast around each new tie.  This work keeps the track in shape so we can continue to bring both speeder events and full sized trains into Lemont.  It can be a lot of fun, and really puts us in touch with the historical aspects of building a railroad.  New members are always welcome to take part.  Our next work parties are planned for October 12th and November 16th in Lemont.

Santa Express 2018 is SOLD OUT

posted Nov 5, 2018, 3:39 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

Once again, our hugely popular Santa Express train rides have sold out in record time! A huge thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for their continued interest in this event. We couldn't do this without you.

If you missed out on tickets this year, the same train set is available the three weekends leading up to BHRS's weekend in Sunbury, Williamsport, and Bloomsburg. Please consider checking out our neighboring groups and purchasing tickets from them:

Please note: BHRS may reserve a few tickets from the initial offering to allow us to properly process all ticket orders and ensure the train is not oversold. Due to the nature of the seating on the train and the desire to seat parties together, not every possible seat may be taken. We try to make as many tickets available as possible, while trying to ensure that everyone can be seated comfortably. 

Due to the tremendous demand for tickets and the speed at which the rides sell out, we may adjust the number of seats available after the initial sales rush. To be as fair as possible, we will release any available seats at 8:00 am, November 30th; however, we cannot guarantee that any seats will be available on that date.

Returns will be permitted through November 30th on Eventbrite. Note: If you return tickets, you will receive a refund, but it is unlikely that you will be able to exchange for another date or time. Please plan your purchases carefully.

Returned tickets will be placed back in stock immediately. If you are unable to purchase tickets on November 1st, we suggest you check back regularly in case tickets become available due to returns. Also check back on November 30th, as noted above.

Finally, please be aware that BHRS does not own the train cars used for the Santa Express. We can only use these cars for one weekend because they are needed for other events. We are an all-volunteer organization and we try our best to accommodate as many people as possible for the Santa Express rides. We know demand is high and it is frustrating to those who don't get tickets. We do our best to make the most rides available that we can. Please be considerate of this if you contact one of our volunteers. 

We are always happy to have new members, so if you would like to help BHRS improve our services, we would love to have you join us.

Work party in Lemont, Nov 3 2018

posted Nov 5, 2018, 3:26 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, a small crew of volunteers replaced, tamped, ballasted, and plated 13 ties in Lemont.

A huge thanks to Gene for organizing and leading this effort. The pictures and captions are also courtesy of Gene.

A future work party is planned to install one remaining tie and spike everything.

Ballasting and tamping:  Cody awaits some more stone in order to get it under the new tie as Mel delivers it to him from the cart. Each new tie was installed so that it could be completely supported and surrounded by new stone.

2.  Moving that big rock:  Andy C. contemplates the effort that will be required to move the rock as George and Cody dig out a hole for it to rest in once it finds its new home.  Took four of us with pry bars to get the job done!

Digging out the old ties:  George and Andy C. worked ahead of the others who were doing the ballasting and tamping by digging out and removing the old ties. Most of the ties came out in one piece, though some didn't. Most of the existing ballast is cinders, which was quite common with RRs during the steam era, and it is fairly easy to dig in. However, here and there we encountered large stones (2 - 3") in the ballast. Still, though, a good amount of work with a pick was required to get the crib ready for the new tie.

Santa Express 2018 on sale November 1

posted Oct 23, 2018, 11:05 AM by Andrew Cobaugh   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 3:15 AM ]

Santa Express 2018 will once again go on sale at 8AM on Thursday, November 1. Tickets are priced at $12, kids 2 and under sitting on an adult's lap ride for free. We will also have the Caboose available to rent in its entirety for $300 as we did last year.

These tickets sell out within a day of going on sale, frequently within hours, so be sure to set a reminder for 8AM next Thursday!

Tickets can be purchased by heading over to our ticket window, or by going straight to our Eventbrite page.

CANCELLED: Curtain Village Children's Day Speeder Rides

posted Aug 5, 2018, 5:41 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

We are sad to report that the Curtain village Children's Day, which was scheduled for August 18, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

Our next scheduled event is now our annual Fall Foliage and Halloween train excursions in October.

Fall Foliage and Halloween 2018

posted Jul 31, 2018, 8:22 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

Tickets for Fall Foliage and Halloween 2018 will go on sale online at 8AM (EDT) on August 1 through Eventbrite:

The schedule can be seen on the Eventbrite page, and also on our Fall Foliage ticket page

This year we are adding a new trip to Port Matilda. This is a much shorter version of our Tyrone excusion, stopping at the town of Port Matilda, then returning to Bellefonte for those that wish to see the area West of Milesburg in the Bald Eagle Valley but who may not have the time or desire to spend 4 hours going all the way to Tyrone.

We do hope to return to Lemont in the future, but unfortunately the tracks along Route 26 are still being used for car storage.

Santa Express 2017

posted Oct 29, 2017, 8:25 PM by Andrew Richards

Tickets for Santa Express go on sale 8am on November 1st.  Don't miss out on the fun!

New this year you can rent the caboose!  Your party, up to 16 people can enjoy riding together in the caboose.  Hot chocolate will be served on board and you are welcome to bring other snacks (Caboose Only).  Only one caboose is available per trip.  Please note that Santa and friends will not visit the caboose, but will be available for pictures, at the station, after the rides.

This year's rides are December 15-17th and we have added an extra train to try to accommodate demand, but please note that tickets typically sell out within hours of going on sale.

View times (available now) and purchase tickets (available 11/1/2017) here: Click "Details" to see the ride times and purchase tickets.

All seats (except the caboose rental) are $12 plus processing fees.  Trips last approximately one hour, round trip. Times:
Friday 12/15/2017 departures at: 4, 6, and 8PM
Saturday 12/16/2017 and Sunday 12/17/2017 departures at: 10am, Noon, 2, 4, and 6pm

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