Strasburg's Craig Lefever passes on

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Strasburg's Craig Lefever
STRASBURG, Pa. — Craig Lefever, who became Strasburg Rail Road’s president last December, has died, the railroad said in a letter distributed Monday. He was 52. Lefever succeeded Linn Moedinger, who retired from Strasburg Rail Road on Dec. 21, 2018.

Lefever, who was hired by Strasburg Rail Road Co. in 1987, was the eighth president to lead the company’s tourism, mechanical, and freight operations. Prior to taking the helm, Lefever served as Vice President and General Manager since 2011. During his 31-year tenure, Lefever also held the positions of Compliance Officer and Car Shop Supervisor. Lefever resided in Millersville, Pa.

As the Board of Directors begins its search for Lefever’s replacement, an interim leadership team has been put into place, overseeing the daily operations of the company.

“The transition team consists of representatives from the administrative group, as well as the passenger, contract, and freight divisions of the operation. It was established immediately after the onset of Craig’s recent health setback and has been operating smoothly since that time,” states Susan Nicholas, Board Member, Strasburg Rail Road.

To respect the privacy of the Lefever family and employees of Strasburg Rail Road, all inquiries should be directed to board member Susan Nicholas, who is overseeing the leadership transition. Susan can be reached via email at

America’s oldest short line railroad and one of Pennsylvania’s top tourist attractions, the Strasburg is well known for its steam tourist trains in the Amish countryside, its world-class steam locomotive and wood car repair shops, and its growing freight business.

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