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Ma & Pa Railroad Calendar of Events

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2017 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 except December - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar train 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

All Sundays, Jun 4 - Sep 3, 1-5 PM

+ Special Events

Buying tickets for the Ma and Pa RR

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

June
July
  • 2, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 9, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 16, Sunday * Early American Autos - 1 PM to 5 PM » Cars of the 1915 era with Horseless Carriage Club of America
  • 23, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 30, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
August
  • 6, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 13, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 20, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 26, Saturday * World War II Encampment - 11 AM to 5 PM » Interactive WWII experience - armaments, equipment, uniforms, vehicles
  • 27, Sunday * World War II Encampment - 1 PM to 5 PM
September
  • 3, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 4, Monday * Labor Day - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • 23, Saturday * Railroad Heritage Day - 10 AM to 5 PM » Lots of extra events - activities for all ages
October
December

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

Hourly motorcar train 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 on the Ma and Pa Ma and Pa RR Ticket Booth Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage 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

Jun 3-4

World War I Helmets
  • Saturday, June 3 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, June 4 - 1 PM to 5 PM

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

World War I Soldiers in a group

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

Hourly motorcar train 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

Jun 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

Flour Mill

On June 10th and 11th we will celebrate the heritage of milling as the Society joins with Wallace-Cross Mill, Eden Mill, and New Park Wind Engines to celebrate Mid-Atlantic Milling Days. All four 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).

Roller Mill

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.

Milling Equipment Stones

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

Hourly motorcar train 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 Tours

Jun 16-17

  • Friday, June 16 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, June 17 - 11 AM to 5 PM

Join us in celebrating American ingenuity!

Lieberknecht Milling Equipment
  • 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 except December - Free Admission.

Hourly motorcar train 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.

Early American Autos

Jul 16

Model T Ford at the Ma and Pa Railroad

Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM

Come see the Horseless Carriages!

Come experience the beautiful automobiles of the 1915 era with the Horseless Carriage Club of America at Muddy Creek Forks Heritage Village.

Pullman Automobile

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

Hourly motorcar train 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

Aug 26-27

ww2-mailcall
  • Saturday, August 26 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, August 27 - 1 PM to 5 PM

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

WWII re-enactors in authentic uniforms representing both the Allied and Axis countries will be represented. The grounds will be filled with period tents, equipment, supplies, armaments, and vehicles. The re-enactors will provide accurate interpretations of the various armies and interact with visitors.

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.

ww2-Soldier with machine gun

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

Hourly motorcar train 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.

ww2_motorcycle-sidecar

Railroad Heritage Day

Sep 23

Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM

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

A.M. Grove Store on Railroad Heritage Day
  • Ride a hand-pumped railcar
    Hand-pump Railcar at the Ma and Pa
  • 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
  • In Muddy Creek Forks it's always 1915. Costumed docents are waiting to welcome you with stories, antiques, and demonstrations. Fun for the whole family!

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

Hourly motorcar train 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, 14-15, 21-22

Muddy Creek Forks in the Fall
  • Sunday, October 8 - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, October 14 - Noon to 4 PM
  • Sunday, October 15 - 1 PM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, October 21 - Noon to 4 PM
  • Sunday, October 22 - 1 PM to 5 PM

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

Fall foliage along the Ma and Pa Railroad

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

Hourly motorcar train 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

The Christmas City Express program is centered around the dramatic reading of a story of a young girl traveling to Muddy Creek Forks a hundred years ago to visit her grandparents for Christmas.

Christmas City Express

The event starts as guests gather in the festively decorated general store during the half hour before start time to enjoy traditional holiday fun. Visitors can sing carols, watch antique Lionel trains speed around the tracks, create holiday decorations and crafts, and spend time with friends and family. When all have gathered, groups are escorted by lantern light to the mill for the story, a visit from someone special, and a keepsake ornament. Next folks line up on the station platform as the train pulls into town for a beautiful nighttime ride on the motorcar train. When the train returns, hot chocolate and cookies are ready in the store to warm everyone up.

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, and cookies and hot chocolate.

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

  • Saturday, December 16th - 5 PM (SOLD OUT)
  • Saturday, December 16th - 7 PM
  • Sunday, December 17th - 2:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 17th - 5 PM
Christmas City Express

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

Laurel siding

Monday, May 15 to Saturday, May 20

Laurel Siding Work Camp

Work Camp will focus on spot tie replacement in the mainline and siding at Laurel to make this area ready for heavy equipment operations. No experience needed.

If you are interested in joining the track workers give Mike Shay a call at (717) 244-0561 or email him at shaygoat@aol.com.

Equipment Work Camp

Caboose 2007

Monday, June 19 - Saturday, June 24

Ma & Pa caboose #2007

This will be restoration work that requires patience and care. No particular experience required, but familiarity with woodworking tools may be helpful.

If you are interested in this work, contact Craig Sansonetti at (717) 862-3259 or by email at sansonet@erols.com.



Member Events


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

Docent Day

May 6

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.

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.



Contact us at Ma&Pa RR Preservation Society for more information about our events.