Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad
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|Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern, Inc.|
|Locale||Kempton, Pennsylvania to Wanamaker, Pennsylvania|
|Dates of operation||1963–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)|
The Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern, Inc. (WK&S), the "Hawk Mountain Line", is a privately owned heritage railroad company in Kempton, Pennsylvania. The 1963 founded WK&S is operated by volunteers and dedicated to the preservation of historic railroad material, closely following the Reading Company.
The WK&S operates tourist trains on a standard track of about 3 miles between Kempton and Wanamaker regularly on weekends between May and November as well as on special occasions using either diesel or steam engines. Its Kempton station is not the original one, but consists of buildings from the Reading Company that where brought to their current location. The ticket office was the original station at Joanna, Pennsylvania.
The company owns a shop building and an additional 1.5 miles of track south of Kempton.
- 0-6-0 H. K. Porter steam engine #65 (1930)
- 0-4-0 Porter steam engine #2 (1920)
- 2-6-2 steam Baldwin steam engine #250 (1914) She is no longer on the line. She is now at the Edaville USA, South Carver, MA
- General Electric diesel-electric engine #7258 (1941)
- Whitcomb diesel-electric #602 (1944)
- 2-6-2 Baldwin steam engine #4 (1914) Purchased in 2008. Will be restored to operation.
- General Electric diesel-electric #734 (1956) restoration completed in 2010. Received as result of a trade with Railway Restoration Project 113 for Jersey Central business car 98