Stewartstown is next stop for Gramlings' steam locomotive

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0-4-0T No. 85 will return steam to Pennsylvania's Stewartstown for the first time in 80 years.
Stewartstown Railroad
STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. — For the first time in more than 80 years, the sounds of steam will be heard in Stewartstown this fall. The 7.4-mile Stewartstown Railroad replaced its steam locomotives with Plymouth gasoline and diesel units starting in the mid-1930s.

The Stewartstown Railroad will host Jeddo Coal No. 85, a small 0-4-0T owned by John and Barney Gramling, on Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 6 and 7. Passengers will be taken on short trips aboard a restored coach and caboose.

No. 85, a 1928 product of Vulcan Iron Works of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. is known as Mack. It built for A.E. Dick Construction Co. and later sold to Jeddo-Highland Coal Co. Retired around 1960, it was sold to a private owner, from whom the Gramlings purchased it. Mack is the third small locomotive restored by the father-son team, whose motto is "Have locomotive, will travel." They enjoy taking their engines to various locations around the country for short visits.

The Stewartstown Railroad and its affiliated friends organization have been restoring track and equipment for several years. The railroad recently placed new timbers on a large bridge over a rural road, and over the summer, the volunteer track crew will continue replacing ties as they strive to extend the passable trackage beyond the bridge.

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