Todd's Railfan Guide to

In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
     Stewartstown and New Freedom PA

What's Here:
     the Stewartstown Railroad


     GPS Coordinates: 39.754717, -76.594834 (Center of the wye in Stewartstown)

     GPS Coordinates: 39.740475, -76.700106 (New Freedom station)

Scanner Frequencies:


Access by train/transit:



The Scoop:

The Stewartstown railroad is indeed alive.  Significant progress on restoring the track has been made. 

Their engine, # 9, the Mighty Mo is ready for service once FRA 92 day inspection has been performed.  This is the engine they used back in the late 60's and early 70's to move freight cars into Stewartstown.  Coach 1341 is about half way done being restored.   The entire line is usable by motor cars, and a trip to New Freedom was made on 5-10-14.  

They offer excursions on motor cars on select weekends, and hopefully, they should be running full sized trains by the end of the year.

Check out the Stewartstown Railroad Facebook page for lots of pics and the progress that has been made.

If I can find them, the only pictures I have of the Stewartstown operating was one cold blustery day back in 1970, and #9 was heading into Stewartstown with a single boxcar.


Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with my railfan guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.
Thanks to psilovetrains for the pictures of the work sessions.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
A guide to the New Freedom area is here
A guide to the Northern Central RR is here

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted, once in a great while maybe MapQuest.  The screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

Getting Here

If you're not local, the best way is to find your way to Interstate I-83 between Baltimore MD and York PA.  You'll want to take the first exit north of the MD/PA line, which is exit 4. 

To get to Stewartstown, head east on PA851, which at this point, is East Forest Ave.  In less than a mile, 851 turns into Bridgeview Rd, and then as you enter Stewartstown, it turns into North Hill St.  The wye will be on your left.


The map at the bottom of the map section is from my New Freedom railfan guide, it shows the Stewartstown tracks west of the interstate I-83. 
The remainder of the maps are screen captures from Google Maps.  The green arrows point to the right-of-way.


  In New Freedom

  In New Freedom


Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.

This map is a composite of the York PA Quadrangle from 1908, and the Parkton MD Quadrangle from 1900.  The Parkton map was scanned at a smaller resolution, and therefore, does not look as detailed as the York section.


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Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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