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Ma & Pa Railroad Calendar of Events



2016 Operating Schedule


Train rides are available during our regular Sundays operating season and also during all special events. Specific dates and times are listed below.

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Train Rides & Tours

Sundays, June - Labor Day

+ Special Events

Buying tickets

All times are from 1 PM to 5 PM unless otherwise noted.

May
June
July
  • 2 (Sunday)
  • 9 (Sunday)
  • 16 (Sunday)
  • 23 (Sunday)
  • 30 (Sunday)
August
September
  • 3 (Sunday)- 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 4 (Monday) * Labor Day - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • 23 (Saturday) * Railroad Heritage Day - 10 AM to 5 PM » Lots of extra events happening - activities for all ages
October
December

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Loading the Train Ma and Pa RR Ticket Booth Village at Muddy Creek Forks Ma & Pa RR Conductor


Ma & Pa Railroad Special Events


Check out these upcoming special events to see where you can fit in and help preserve the historic Ma & Pa Railroad. Remember, even though the train riding season starts in June, we continue to work on the railroad during winter and spring. So, see where you would like to fit in and give us a call or send us an email.

WWI Encampment Days

May 19-21

  • Friday Evening, May 19 - 7:30 PM at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church - see below
  • Saturday, May 20 - 11 AM to 5 PM Encampment at Muddy Creek Forks
  • Sunday, May 21 - 1 PM to 5 PM Encampment at Muddy Creek Forks
World War I American Soldier Waiting for Train

Come join us at Muddy Creek Forks for a World War I Encampment weekend with authentic uniformed soldiers and equipment.

» Read an article about WWI Encampment Days in the York Dispatch

As a lead-in to the World War I Encampment at Muddy Creek Forks, our Society is co-sponsoring with the Stewartstown Historical Society a public lecture on Friday evening, May 20, at 7:30 at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church (directions to church).

Jason Griffeth will present "The Great War: Experiences of the United States in the First Global War." The program will include a recap of the European situation from 1914 - 1917, United States neutrality at the onset of the conflict, events that led to the declaration of war, the mobilization of the military, and operations in 1918, which led to the end of the war and the Treaty of Versailles. Jason Griffeth is a graduate in Historical Studies of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has studied military history and the First Word War for many years. He is the primary organizer of the re-enactors for the Encampment. The lecture is free and open to all.

World War I American Soldier

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Mid-Atlantic Milling Weekend

June 10-11

  • Saturday, June 10 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, June 11 - 1 PM to 5 PM

From grain to flour - the old and "new" methods

On June 10th and 11th we will celebrate the heritage of milling as the Society joins with Wallace-Cross Mill, and Woolen Mill Windmills to celebrate Mid-Atlantic Milling Day. All three sites plan to be open, both Saturday and Sunday. Our local observance is part of a broader celebration sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM).

The mill, village of Muddy Creek Forks, and railroad will be open from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, and from 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. There will be something to interest every member of the family. So, plan to come and explore the mill, invite your friends to join you, and stay to take a train ride.

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Made in America Factory Tour

June 16-17

11 AM to 5 PM

Join us in celebrating American ingenuity!

  • Tours - Self-Guided (Allow 90 minutes minimum)
  • Handicap Accessible: First floor of General Store only; Mill and train with assistance
  • Train ride through the Muddy Creek Valley lasts approximately 40 minutes and runs hourly at quarter after the hour
  • Motorcoaches: Friday and Saturday arriving 11 AM to 3 PM. Allow 2 hour minimum. Maximum 80 visitors in a single group. Advanced reservations required.

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

WWII Encampment Days

Aug 20-21

  • Saturday, August 19 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, August 20 - 1 PM to 5 PM
ww2-mailcall

Come join us at Muddy Creek Forks for a World War II Encampment weekend with authentic uniformed soldiers and equipment.

The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks invites you to experience their World War II encampment weekend. Forty-five minute motorcar train rides and tours of the village will also be offered during the encampment.

ww2-armored

Over two dozen WWII re-enactors in authentic uniforms representing both the Allies and Axis countries are being represented. This includes a German unit, a Russian MASH field hospital, the Big Red One Living History Organization - representing U.S. 1st Infantry Division, a military police unit, along with a U.S. Army Air Corp unit and even a representative of the French Underground. The grounds will be filled that weekend with period tents, equipment, supplies, armaments, two jeeps and an operational field kitchen/mess tent. The re-enactors are very knowledgeable, providing accurate interpretations of the various armies, all while easily interacting with visitors.

ww2-sidecar

Railroads played a key role in the mobilization for war, and even though the Ma & Pa didn't serve a lot of war industries, it saw a big impact from the war. Due to gasoline rationing, passenger traffic more than quadrupled from 321,899 passenger miles in 1940 to 1,316,020 passenger miles in 1943.

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Home School Day

Sep 12

10 AM to 2:30 PM

Home School Day on the Ma and Pa Railroad

Visit The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village in Muddy Creek Forks, PA on Home School Day, Tuesday, September 12th from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The day will consist of a structured program of activities for families with students from elementary age to high school.

Purchase Your Tickets for The Specific Group Listed Below

Our Home School Day program will explore life in an early 20th century village and the railroad's role in the commercial, cultural, and personal lives of those who lived there. Families can choose to register in one of three groups that will approach these topics with slightly different emphases.

  • Group 1 - Village Life

    will emphasize the lives of individual people in Muddy Creek Forks and how they fit into the overall life of the village.
  • Group 2 - Technology

    will focus more on the influence of new technologies that were emerging in the early 1900s.
  • Group 3 - Business

    will be oriented toward the commercial and financial aspects of the businesses of Muddy Creek Forks.
Homeschoolers visiting the Ma and Pa Railroad store

A maximum of 15 students can be accommodated in each group.

Remember children age 5 and under are welcome to accompany their families without charge. No ticket purchase is necessary for them.

For all three groups the program will include a brief introduction to the early history of southeastern York County from colonial times to the coming of the railroad, guided activities in the general store, the mill, and the grain elevator, a motorcar train ride through the Muddy Creek Valley with discussion of the service the railroad provided, and a time for free exploration when families can explore our exhibits and have individual discussions with our docents. Picnic tables are available on our site, and families should plan to bring picnic lunches.

Purchase Tickets for Home School Day

Once on the ticket page, scroll down to Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and select the group you want to be in. Remember, you may split your children between the groups, provided there is an adult with them.

» Buy tickets online*
TIME VILLAGE LIFE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESSES

10:00 AM

Introduction & Early History

10:20 AM

Store

Railroad

Mill

11:20 AM

Railroad

Mill

Store

12:20 PM

=== Lunch ===

12:50 PM

Mill

Store

Railroad

1:50 PM

Free Exploration & Interaction with Docents

2:20 PM

Summary & Feedback

Motorcar Trains: included with your ticket purchase

Train leaving
  • A five-mile train ride through the Muddy Creek Valley is a highlight for many visitors.
  • Our motorcar train consists of a group of work cars of the kind formerly used by railroads for their track gangs. Some cars are enclosed, but most are open to the air.
  • The ride through the valley is very scenic and gives passengers a feel for the slower pace of travel at an earlier time and a chance enjoy the wind and wooded hillsides.
  • A brief presentation on the railroad, its history, and its crucial role in the economic development and community life of the towns it served is given by one of the train crew.

Accessibility:

  • Parking is ample, with a drop off area in front of the store and a large field across the road for cars and buses.
  • Ramps to the station platform and up to the store building provide for handicapped access to the first floor of the store. To reach the second floor requires climbing some stairs.
  • There are two steps up to the floor level of the mill and a ramp between the mill and the grain elevator. A portable ramp can provide wheelchair access to the mill with assistance.
  • Restroom facilities currently consist of port-a-johns with hand sanitizer units. A handicapped accessible unit can be provided if desired for large group visits.
Picnic area

Railroad Heritage Day

Sep 23

10 AM to 5 PM

Special hours for this very special day with lots of extra events and activities for all ages!

store
  • Ride a hand-pumped railcar
    handcar
  • Engage costumed interpreters in lively discussions
  • Explore Ma & Pa Locomotive No. 82. Tour the General Store and Railroad Station built in 1899, historic roller mill, and grain elevator
  • Track working demonstrations
  • Delicious Food
  • Children's crafts and activities
  • Slide Show - Narrow Gauge Era
  • In Muddy Creek Forks it is always 1915. Costumed docents are waiting to welcome you with stories, antiques, and demonstrations. Fun for the whole family!

» Download a Heritage Day Flyer & Map

Visitors being shown antiques

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Hand pump rail car $2.00.

Children's Activities Family Fun Hand Pump Car Kids at the Station Office

Fall Leaf Excursions

Oct 8, 15, 21-22

X12-IDLER by George Povall

Photo George Povall

  • Sunday, October 8 - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 15 - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, October 21 - Noon to 4 PM
  • Sunday, October 22 - 1 PM to 5 PM
Ottinger & Kuhlman waiting for the next train

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while riding on the Ma & Pa Railroad!

A.M. Grove Store, Roller Mill and Grain Elevator are open all these days - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar rides are available days when the village is open. Tickets: $7.00 adult, $5.00 child, under 3 ride free. You may buy tickets at the village or online with a $1.00 handling fee.

Please realize that the first train departs from Muddy Creek Forks station 15 minutes after opening time and the last train departs 45 minutes before closing time, so adjust your time accordingly.

Christmas City Express

Dec 8-10, 15-17

Christmas City Express
  • Friday, December 8 - 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 9 - 5 PM; & 7 PM
  • Sunday, December 10 - 5 PM
  • Friday, December 15 - 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 16 - 5 PM & 7 PM
  • Sunday, December 17 - 5 PM

Join us for the performance of a brand new story about a train journey for the holidays. It's Christmas Eve and a young girl, on her way to her grandparents' home by train, gets stranded in a terrible blizzard. "Christmas City Express" is the story of this young girl and the train crew who saved Christmas for everyone aboard. » More info

Tickets: $18 adult, $15 child, under 3 ride free (on lap). All tickets include family activities and crafts, a performance of the Christmas City Express, a train ride on the Ma & Pa Railroad, a snowflake ornament, and cookies and hot chocolate.

Buy tickets online or call (717) 927-9565. Because limited tickets are available, advanced ticket purchase is required.

The event is rain or shine, unless ice makes travel by rail unsafe. Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

Fox 43 visits the Christmas City Express


Track Improvement & Work Crews


All are welcome to experience the fun and satisfaction of working with our track and equipment crews. Come and join the fun of working on a real railroad. We would love to have you.

Realize that we need volunteers for both track work and equipment work not just during the Work Camps but throughout the year.

For Track Work - Please contact Mike Shay or call him at 717-244-0561 to volunteer or for more details.

For Equipment Work - Please contact Larry Freeman or call him at 610-273-3722 to volunteer.

Track demonstration at Heritage Day 2003 Sam with scarifier Mory Engine 82

Track Work Camp

Saturday, May 13; Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19

Spring Work Camp on the Bridge

This year we will rebuild the deck of 32' plate girder bridge at the foot of Guinston Road.

If you are interested in joining the track workers give Craig Sansonetti a call at (717) 862-3259 or email him at sansonet@erols.com.

GE 45-ton Locomotive Work Camp

April 29 - May 7

Restoration of GE 45-tonner

Work will center on body repairs, preparation, and priming of the locomotive. No prior experience is needed. You will learn new skills, enjoy the camaraderie of friends who share your interest in the railroad, and experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with seeing substantial progress on big projects.

If you are interested in helping with the 45-tonner, contact Larry Freeman at 610-273-3722 or by email at larryf@rvii.com.



Member Events


Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society members are invited to attend the following member events.

Docent Day

April 22

A new and different Docent Day is coming to Muddy Creek Forks.

Come and join us at the A.M. Grove General Store in Muddy Creek Forks, PA. This annual training is for both new and experienced docents and train operators. Be trained to be a Docent for our historic village.

Contact Bob Wieners at Rjwien@aol.com for more information.

» Docent Day Information & Registration - Fill out form On-Line

Annual Meeting

Oct 28

10 AM to 1 PM

Saturday - Annual Meeting - an opportunity to hear and see what was accomplished during the past year. Special hours for this special event - 10 AM until Noon.

The agenda for the Annual Meeting day follows:

  • 9:30 AM - Gather for donuts, coffee, tea and cider in the A.M. Grove Store
  • 10:00 AM - Business meeting of the Society
  • 11:00 AM - Special Slide show - "30 Years of Preservation" - Jean Sansonetti
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - Inspection trips on the railroad and building tours

Contact us at Ma&Pa RR Preservation Society