Steam Into History

Ride an Authentic Civil War Train Pulled by a Steam Locomotive

2 West Main Street
P.O. Box 128
New Freedom, PA 17349
Phone: 717-942-2370 
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You Will Have Fun On This Railroad

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Relive the Past

Imagine smelling a real steam locomotive pulling your authentic Civil War steam train through the beautiful, rolling Pennsylvania hills that Abraham Lincoln gazed on as he rode his train on the Northern Central Railway.  Just as Lincoln did as he worked on his Gettysburg Address, you will come up from New Freedom, Pennsylvania to the Hanover Junction Railway Station, restored to its 1860s glory.  You'll sing "Hallelujah" with the train staff and get into the patriotic spirit of the Civil War.


The steam locomotive "York" has arrived and has started operations. The locomotive and coaches run next to the York County Rail Trail so after you ride the steam train excursion, you can take some pictures of the engine and train cars, and enjoy a walk alongside the tracks through some of the beautiful scenery.

The gift shop is now open and has a variety of railroadiana. About a block away from the Steam Into History headquarters is the New Freedom Railroad Station, which includes a museum and yummy food at the Rail Cafe. New Freedom is a family-oriented destination with lots of fun for everyone.

Regular passenger excursions have started.  On June 22, 2013 there was a Civil War Reenactment of the Confederate Raid on the Northern Central Railway at Hanover Junction. It featured Confederate Calvary, Pennsylvania Militia and Civilian Reenactors.  Check out the video at:

Narration and Entertainment

We have expanded the schedule of one of our most popular entertainers and narrators, Kent Courtney. His stories of railroads, the Civil War and local history are loved by audiences of all ages. Plus, he is a first-rate singer and folk musician. Book his excursions early - they sell out. Each date, below, is a secure direct link to the site where you can book tickets for each day he is with us.

May Day with Kent Courtney 3 May 2014

Cinco de Mayo with Kent Courtney 4 May 2014

Hanover Junction Run with Kent Courtney 17 May 2014

Lincoln Renominated with Kent Courtney 7June 2014

Petersburg with Kent Courtney 8 June 2014

150th Anniversary of Fort Morgan with Kent Courtney 23 August 2014

150th Anniversary of Ream's Station with Kent Courtney 24 August 2014

1864 Elections with Kent Courtney 11 October 2014

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Check this mobile-ready site and the main site for train schedules. The steam train is running. Go to the main website at for reservations. Online ticket sales are safe and secure - and recommended.  The first trip was a complete sell-out.   Friend us on Facebook to keep up to date!  

You Will Hear This Authentic Steam Locomotive Chug

Simon Cameron's Railroad

Pennsylvania politician, and entrepreneur, Cameron gained control of the Northern Central while he was still working with the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Simon Cameron was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination when he made a deal to withdraw from the race and allow Abraham Lincoln to be the Republican nominee in 1860.  In turn, President Lincoln made Cameron the 26th United States Secretary of War.  In the early war years, Cameron used his influence to drive federal transportation business to the Northern Central, giving it a financial boost that the railway sorely needed.  When Lincoln appointed Cameron as United States Minister to Russia, he was replaced by Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War.  In so many ways, the railroad that you will ride on has solid roots in the American Civil War.

You Will See the Art Work of Kloke Craftsmen

A Work of Art

The Northern Central Railway's engine number 17, the "York" is an American 4-4-0. typical of hundreds of locomotives used - both North and South - during the War Between the States.  It has been authentically constructed by the Kloke Locomotive Works.  It is similar to the National Park Service's engine number 119, used at the Promintory Point Golden Spike Historical Site in Utah.  It is a working locomotive that looks, sounds, feels and smells like a locomotive that would have worked on the Northern Central during the 1860's.

Locomotives like this carried troops, supplies, dignataries and the wounded, while still trying to maintain civilian passenger and freight service.  This is a full-sized, standard gauge locomotive running on the restored railroad route from New Freedom, PA to Hanover Junction Station, PA.

Steam Into History, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Funding in part provided by The Cultural Alliance of York County


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Steam Into History

Ride an Authentic Civil War Train Pulled by a Steam Locomotive

2 West Main Street
P.O. Box 128
New Freedom, PA 17349
Phone: 717-942-2370 
Address Map  |  Driving Directions


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