New Hope and Ivyland Railroad

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New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
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New Hope Station
Reporting mark NHRR
Locale Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 1966 (1966)
Length 17.1 miles (27.5 km)
Headquarters New Hope, Pennsylvania
Route map

New Hope
West Bridge Street
Ferry Street
Ingham Run
Ingham Run
West Mechanic Street
South Sugan Road
Ingham Run
Ingham Run
Pennsylvania Shale Brick Company
Reeder Road
Aquetong Road
Lower Mountain Road
Street Road
Holicong Road
Abandoned quarry spur
Upper Mountain Road
Durham Road
Farm Lane
Upper Mountain Rd
Buckingham Valley
Lower Mountain Road
Creek Road
New Hope Road
Smith Road
Mill Creek
Township Line Road
Mill Creek
Mill Creek
Swamp Road
Sackettsford Road
Little Neshaminy Creek
Little Neshaminy Creek
Almshouse Road
West Bristol Road
Ivyland Road
Warminster SEPTA.svg
Warminster Line

The New Hope and Ivyland Railroad (reporting mark NHRR)[1] is a shortline/heritage railroad in the state of Pennsylvania.

The NHRR provides contract track and locomotive services to freight and passenger railroads in North America and has been involved with various film and television commercial projects. NHRR is also an associate member of NORAC.



NHRR is involved in the import and export of raw materials and manufactured products. Freight customers range from national chemical companies to consumer product manufacturers. NHRR interchanges with Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad in Warminster, which in turn interchanges with CSX Transportation in Lansdale. NHRR's primary customers are based in Warminster; CRC Industries, Castrol and Double H Plastics are served on a weekly basis.


Heritage operations utilize steam and diesel locomotives, and depart from either New Hope or Lahaska. The typical NHRR excursion usually consists of one First Class parlor car, one coach car and in the summer through to October, an open-air observation car. The makeup of the consist is changed from time to time as operations require. The regular NHRR excursion is 45 minutes long with trains running every hour on the hour between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM (5:00 PM on weekends) during the summer months.

In addition to New Hope-Lahaska service, NHRR also operates Easter, fall foliage, Halloween and Santa trains. NHRR occasionally operates as far as Warminster — a distance of 17 miles (27 km) — to connect with SEPTA's Warminster Line. Yearly trains to Lansdale have started as a special on the NHRR. They occur every August.

The NHRR also offers a host of special excursions throughout its operating season. On weekends between May and October, the NHRR operates wine and cheese tasting trains dubbed the Grapevine Express. On select weekends, the railroad runs its Evening Star Dinner Train between New Hope and Buckingham Valley.


The NHRR was originally known as the New Hope Branch of the Reading Company (RDG), which leased the North Pennsylvania Railroad, of which it was a part. The railroad ran as far as Hartsville Station (near Bristol Road) until March 29, 1891, when the line was extended to the long-desired terminal of New Hope, Pennsylvania.[2]

First train to New Hope.

A decade after June 1952, when Hatboro-New Hope passenger service terminated, the RDG's financial situation was precarious. Looking to rid themselves of unprofitable branch lines via abandonment, a group of train buffs and businessmen led by Philadelphia attorney Kenneth Souser — established as Steam Trains, Inc. — were seeking to operate steam trains on a for-profit basis.[3] Steam Trains, Inc. became organized as the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad, and on June 20, 1966, the 16.7-mile line was sold for $200,000.[2]

Steam Trains, Inc. started their operations on a high note, often in an extravagant fashion. The company leased freight locomotives from the RDG, and used only hired labor to operate their excursions. The "air rights" over the Southern portion of the line from Ivyland to just North of Almshouse Road, were sold to the former Philadelphia Electric Company (now Exelon) in order to stay solvent. Steam Trains, Inc. declared bankruptcy on June 5, 1970.[2] Operations continued under a court-appointed trustee.

The Bucks County Industrial Development Corporation (BCIDC) purchased the trackage from the Steam Trains, Inc. in early 1974 to "preserve rail service through the center of Bucks County."[4] The county selected McHugh Brothers Heavy Hauling, Inc. to operate freight service over the line via a lease agreement.[2] McHugh Brothers continued hauling freight with Edward L. McHugh as president until his departure in 1989.[4] By the summer of 1976, the railroad received state funding to rehabilitate crumbling infrastructure that sorely needed fixing. By August 1977, volunteers from the Buckingham Valley Trolley Association [BVTA] (now the Electric City Trolley Museum Association) were operating state-sponsored passenger service connecting the touristy town of New Hope with SEPTA/Conrail commuter trains at Warminster.[2] Bucks County had made a wise investment, as both passenger and freight service flourished during the 1970s once track upgrades were made. Finally, on June 30, 1979, the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad finally emerged from its decade-long bankruptcy.[4]

Beginning July 3, 1980, volunteers of the New Hope Steam Railway (NHSR) resumed weekend excursion service after the BVTA decided to end it. The NHSR ran trains under a lease agreement with the BCIDC until 1990, when the line and its equipment were once again in a state of decay and disrepair.[4] The McHugh Bros. operated the NHRR until 1989 when their lease ended and the Morristown & Erie was contracted to operate the railroad.[3] The BCIDC sold the line outright to the for-profit Bucks County Railroad Preservation and Restoration Corporation (BCRP&RC) in 1990, who slowly began to rebuild the railroad to its current state of good repair. BCRP&RC is the official corporate structure, doing business as the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad.

Perils of Pauline[edit]

In 1914, a segment of the classic silent film The Perils of Pauline was allegedly filmed on the tracks used by the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad today. The particular part was on the north side of the 1891 built Ingham Creek trestle bridge, notably one of NHRR's highest bridges on the whole line. The site has also been dubbed "Pauline's Trestle" because of the bridge's association to the silent movie. There is no real proof the movie was ever filmed on the bridge. Other supposed filming locations for the "Perils of Pauline" regarding the railroad line include the Belvidere Delaware Railroad line in Lambertville and Raven Rock, New Jersey and the Long Island Rail Road near the Hamptons.

Stations and trackage[edit]

The NHRR is a single-track railroad with passing sidings at Lahaska, Buckingham Valley, Wycombe and Ivyland. Only Wycombe and Lahaska have their run-around tracks cleared because Lahaska is used for daily excursion trips so that locomotives can uncouple and head back to New Hope on the opposing side of the train, and Wycombe is used for temporary equipment storage. All other sidetracks, run-arounds, passing sidings, and sidings are primarily used for the storage of maintenance rail cars, out-of-service passenger cars and freight cars. At Buckingham Valley, the railroad's small fleet of historic freight cars is stored, along with any borrowed maintenance equipment, and a number of former Long Island Rail Road commuter coaches stored in case they are ever needed. At Ivyland, a short runaround exists which is often utilized by private charters and fall foliage excursions in the same manner as Lahaska.

A number of sidings also exist on the NHRR. At Buckingham Valley, a small siding that once served the Buckingham Valley Trolley Association is presently used as a Repair-in-progress, or RIP-track. At Wycombe, the team track once used for less-than-carload deliveries is utilized as car storage for a number of NHRR's out-of-service passenger cars. At Grenoble, another siding created by severing the southern switch of a passing siding is present. This siding once held a number of pieces of equipment that were eventually scrapped. Today only passenger car 1542 remains on this siding as it was flipped over onto its side by vandals. At Ivyland, exists another RIP-track, typically used for storing MoW equipment. The final siding on the railroad is in Warminster on the north side of the Street Road crossing. This siding is used for short-term storage of interchange freight equipment and storing the diesel locomotive assigned to freight service when not in use.

No block signalization exists on the NHRR; however, almost all highway grade crossings have been modernized with full signals and gates.

The stations along the NHRR were:

Station Name Locality Milepost Passenger Facilities Notes Picture
New Hope New Hope, Pennsylvania 37.5 Combination Freight/Passenger station 32 West Bridge Street in downtown New Hope. Located about 100 feet north of its original location and in use as NHRR ticket office.
New Hope Station.JPG
Huffnagle/Hood Solebury Township 36 Wooden shelter Originally known as Rosenthal.
Reeder Solebury Township 35 Wooden Shelter Named after Eastburn Reeder
Lahaska Buckingham Township 33 Current: Wooden Platform, Original: Combination Freight/Passenger station Destination for regular hourly excursions, original building relocated after termination of passenger service in 1952 and is currently in use as a private residence
Bycot Buckingham Township 31 Small passenger station
Buckingham Valley Buckingham Township 30 Current: Small Passenger Station, Original: Combination Freight/Passenger station Destination for regular hourly excursions prior to the late 1980s, original station building demolished in 1953, current structure from the Pickering Branch near Phoenixville, PA
Montessori School Buckingham Township 29 Small passenger station
Wycombe Buckingham Township 27 Combination Freight/Passenger station Built to the same design as the Lahaska Station,
Wycombe Village HD Station 01.JPG
Rushland Wrightstown Township 25 Combination Freight/Passenger station Freight station built from converted Reading 40-foot wooden boxcar # 13914
Grenoble Northampton Township 23.5 Passenger station Station relocated to hillside at some point with trails leading down to the platform
Traymore Warwick Township 22 Passenger station Relocated from the North Pennsylvania Railroad around 1890
Ivyland Ivyland, Pennsylvania 20.5 Combination Freight/Passenger station Reportedly moved to an unknown location after passenger service ended[5]
Johnsville Warminster 19.5 Wooden shelter
Bonair Warminster 18.5 Passenger station Approximately where the present day Warminster Station stands.

Italicized stations are no longer in existence


NH&I #40

Locomotives used in the excursion passenger service is usually provided by steam locomotive #40, a 2-8-0 1925 Baldwin wheel arrangement. #40 (ex-Cliffside Railroad) is supplemented by diesel powered locomotives primarily for freight operations. The current active diesel roster consists of EMD GP30 #2198 (ex-PRR), GE C30-7 #7087 (ex-CSX), GMD GP-9RM 7010, and EMD SD40-2 #5577 (ex-Canadian Pacific).

Passenger excursions typically consist of 3–4 former RDG coaches built between 1913 and 1927; total NHRR passenger car count is 24, 9 of which are currently in service. The only locomotives owned by the corporate structure of the NHRR are #40 and #1533. All diesels are owned by a privately held company (Rail Power Inc.) and leased to the operation. Rail Power Inc. is owned by three NHRR employees and also owns subsidiary Pennsylvania Northeastern's locomotives.

Italicized indicates no longer owned by the NHRR

Steam Engines

Number Heritage & Wheel Configuration Notes Picture
No. 7 Former Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, Ex U.S. Army, 0-6-0 Built by Lima in 1942, One of #9's sisters, Scrapped in 1976, privately owned, never owned by the NHRR/Steam Trains Inc, several components retained for use on #9 (driving wheels, running gear, driving boxes, throttle, air compressor and reverser)
No. 9 Former Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, Ex U.S. Army, 0-6-0 Built by ALCO in 1942 (C/N 70402), Was used as backup power to 40 in the early 1970s but was the NHRR's only operating steam locomotive between 1977 and 1980. Out of service since 1981, sold in 2009 to SMS Rail Lines.
No. 40 Former Cliffside Railroad, Ex Lancaster & Chester, 2-8-0 Active, Built 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Works (C/N 58824) for L&C, bought by NHRR in 1962. It was infrequently used due to NHIR's favor of #1533, until that locomotive's withdrawal from service in 1975. After #9 was removed from service in 1981, NHSR's main source of motive power between 1981 and 1986 was #40. Out of service between 1987 and 1990, returned to service in 1991.
New Hope and Ivyland 40 at the station.jpg
No. 148 Former Whippany River, Ex Florida East Coast, 4-6-2 Never owned by NHRR. Was under restoration work for private owner for use on Morristown & Erie Whippany Toonerville operation. Currently in Florida, under restoration for use by U.S. Sugar. [6]
No. 565 Former Black River & Western, Ex Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, 2-6-0 Never owned by NHRR. Was at New Hope for a rebuild that was never completed, Moved to Scranton, PA in 1983, Now part of Steamtown NHS collection.
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No. 614 Former Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, 4-8-4 Owned by Ross Rowland. Was at New Hope for rebuild in 1995 to 1996 for Iron Horse Enterprises' Erie Limited excursions on NJ Transit's Port Jervis Line. 614 continues to use NHRR's reporting marks. Currently located at C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge, VA.
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No. 1533 Former Canadian National, Ex Canadian Northern, 4-6-0 Out of Service since 1975, Built 1911 by Montreal Locomotive Works (C/N 49878) as Canadian Northern #264, renumbered by Canadian Northern in 1912 to #1325, included in Canadian National merger in 1923, renumbered to #1533 in June 1956, purchased by Steam Trains Inc. in 1962. Was the NHRR's main locomotive between 1966 and 1974 and last ran in December 1975. Tender stored on deadline at New Hope, locomotive stored behind New Hope enginehouse
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No. 3028 Former Nacionales de México, 4-8-4 Built in 1946 by ALCO (C/N 74383). Stored, leased by NHRR in 1997, has never run on the NHRR, both tender and engine currently connected and stored on deadline.
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Diesel Locomotives

Model & Number Heritage Notes Picture
ALCO RS-1 #57 Former Washington Terminal Company #57 Privately owned. Transferred to Black River & Western 1970's, sold in mid 1990s to private owner, who moved it to EPRY (East Penn Railway) for storage. Currently stored in Quakertown out-of-service in EPRY paint.
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ALCO RSC-2 #1513 Former BITY, Ex FPL, Exx NCR, Exxx SAL Built 1949 by ALCO, Sold to private owner, currently on display at Danbury Railway Museum in NHRR colors.
BLW DS44-1000 #100 and #101 Former Copper Range RR Built 4/1947, purchased by McHugh Bros as the main power for freight service. Occasionally borrowed by SEPTA as backup power. #100 scrapped sometime after 1983. #101 currently stored out of service at SMS Rail Lines, Bridgeport, NJ
BLW DS44-1000 #302 Former PC, Ex PRR Built 4/1949, purchased along with #100 and 101. Sold to SMS Rail Services in the 1980s, is now fully restored to its as-built appearance and is used there in active freight service with its original colors and number, #9069.
GE 45 Ton 390 Former American Bridge Company Moved to Tyburn in 1990. Currently in service as Tyburn Railroad 390.
BLW VO-660 #395 Former Warner Co. #11 Purchased by McHugh before 1983, retired with DS44-1000 fleet, currently awaiting disposition at SMS Rail Services.
U30B No. 401 Former Conrail, Ex PC, Exx NYC 2880 Purchased by McHugh in 1984. Moved to Tyburn Railroad in 1990.
BLW AS-16 No. 542 Former RDG Never owned by the NHRR. Borrowed for a short time during McHugh Bros. ownership in the 1970s.
C30-7 No. 531 Former UP Built 10/1980, Restored by the NHRR. Was used as freight power and seldom passenger service. Sold to Ohio Central with CSXT 7064 in 2007. Sold to Progress Rail Service in 2010 along with 7064. Moved to Waycross, GA. Presumably scrapped in 2011.
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GP-30 No. 2198 Former CR, Ex PC, Exx PRR Active, primarily used for passenger, sees freight and maintenance service occasionally.
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SD40-2 No. 5577 Former CP Active, wears faded red CP livery, usually stays in Ivyland/Warminster for freight service, bought in 2007 to replace 531 and 7064. Built 1972 by GMD, occasionally sees service on PN as well.
New Hope and Ivyland 5577.jpg
GP9rm No. 7010 Former CN Active, wears CN paint, used for yard switching and occasional passenger service, originally built as CN GP9 4327, rebuilt as GP9rm in 1985, retired by CN in 2011, built 1959 by GMD. Lettered for Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad.
PN 7010.jpg
C30-7 No. 7064 Former CSXT, Ex L&N Restored by the NHRR. Was used as freight power and seldom passenger service. Was used as a source of parts for 7087 and 531. Sold to Ohio Central with UP 531 in 2007. Sold to Progress Rail Service in 2010 along with 531. Currently in service in Brazil.
C30-7 No. 7087 Former CSXT, Ex SBD Built 11/1981, Active, primarily used as backup for 2198 in passenger service or for maintenance work, sees freight service occasionally.
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C39-8 No. 8202 Former NS, Ex CR Built 7/86, Sold to MMA, wore faded blue CR livery with NSSX text, was used for passenger service including the October 2011 Fall Foliage Warminster Trip and frequent ballast service use after Hurricane Irene.
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C39-8 No. 8207 Former NS, Ex CR Sold to MMA, wore faded blue CR livery with NSSX text, never ran on NHRR tracks, was stored at Wycombe turn-around track.
C39-8 No. 8208 Former NS, Ex CR Built 7/86, Sold to MMA, wore NS livery with NSSX text, never ran on NHRR tracks, was stored at New Hope Station sidetrack
Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad 8208.jpg
C39-8 No. 8211 Former NS, Ex CR Built 7/86, Transferred to PN, wears NS livery with NSSX text, was used for passenger service including the May 2011 Willow Grove Tri-Centennial Trip and a Dining Charter in August 2012.
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C39-8 No. 8212 Former NS, Ex CR Built 8/86, Transferred to PN, wears faded blue CR livery with NSSX text, was stored at New Hope for sometime. Transferred to PN.
PNRR C39-8 8212 Lansdale.jpg
GP-9u No. 8218 Former Canadian Pacific Built 8/57, Originally PN, transferred to NHRR in September 2017, painted in simplified NHRR livery.
SW-1 No. 9423 Built 11/1950, Former AMTK 739, Ex PC 9423, Exx PRR 9423 Repainted into PRR livery in 1988, Repainted Blue 1993.

Privately owned by AF Railways Inc., during its entire tenure on the NHRR. Transferred by owner to storage at SMS Rail Services in New Jersey.

Passenger Rolling Stock

Type & Number Heritage Notes Picture
RPO/Mail Car No. 72 Former WCRL, Ex CNJ Out Of Service, has NHSR text on its side, used as storage on deadline at New Hope, Once used as the gift shop and ticket office, One of two CNJ rolling stock owned by NHRR.
CNJ RPO 72.jpg
Baggage Car No. 100 Former BR&W, Ex B&MLRR, Exx B&A, Exxx DLW Scrapped, originally used as ticket office and Gift Shop at New Hope Station in 1980s, had NHSR lettering on its side, stored at Wycombe between early 1990s to 2015. Was the only wooden passenger car in the NHRR's fleet. Collapsed mid summer 2014, remains scrapped spring/summer 2015.
Wycombe Village HD Station 06.JPG
Coach No. 983 Former CNJ Out of Service, stored at New Hope, Retains its original Mahogany Interior. One of two CNJ rolling stock owned by NHRR, From Valley Forge Scenic Railroad.
NH&I 983.jpg
Baggage/Open Air No. 1096 Former AMTK, Ex ATSF Active, originally a baggage car during Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and Amtrak service but converted by Iron Horse Enterprises for main line excursion service. Traded to NHRR as partial payment for work done to ex C&O 614.
New Hope and Ivyland 1096.jpg
Coach No. 1113 Former RDG Out of Service, Class PBn, 76 seats, last used in 1979, Built 1925, stored at Buckingham Valley, From Valley Forge Scenic Railroad.
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Coach No. 1127 Former RDG Active, 84 seats, Class PBn, Built 1924, equipped in 1930's with Taylor flexible-type (MU) trucks. This was the test car for the Reading Company for these, then "new", trucks, Renumbered #11 under NHSR operation, From Valley Forge Scenic Railroad, saw use on the Reading Rambles.
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Coach No. 1133 Former CNJ From Valley Forge Scenic Railroad, Owned by outright by VFSR volunteer group, Moved to Whippany Toonerville in mid 1970s, Sold to Conway Scenic Railroad
Parlor/Dining Car No. 1202 Former RDG Retired, Class PBn, Built 1922, originally an 84-seat coach but converted by NHRR in 1990s into a Parlor/Dining Car, Renumbered #16 under NHSR operation, From Valley Forge Scenic Railroad, previously used on private charters, dinner trains and when No. 1430 is unavailable, replaced by 800301 "Crater Lake."
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Coach No. 1220 Former RDG Active, 84 seats, Class PBn, Built 1922, currently used only when more passenger cars are needed, wore Reading livery until 2008, Renumbered #11 under NHSR operation, From Valley Forge Scenic Railroad.
Passenger Car 1220.jpg
Open Air Car No. 1366 Former RDG Out Of Service, Class PB1, Built 1918, originally 76 seat coach but converted by NHRR in 1970 into an Open Air Car, last used in 1979, stored at New Hope.
NH&I 1366.jpg
Coach No. 1424 Former RDG Active, Class PBh, Built 1913, 76 seats, named "Joseph R. Turner" in 1990s after stockholder, Renumbered #13 under NHSR operation, Retains original Mahogany Interior, saw use on the Reading Rambles.
Nhrr 1424 2.jpg
Parlor/Dining Car No. 1430 Former RDG Active, Class PBh, Built 1913, originally 76 seat coach but converted by NHRR in the early 1970s into a Parlor/Dining Car, Renumbered #14 under NHSR operation, Retains original Mahogany Interior. Named "Donald L. Hammond" in 2013 after NHRR's Chairman Of The Board.
NHRR 1430.jpg
Coach No. 1505 Former RDG Active, Class PBh, Built 1916, 75 seats, Renumbered #15 under NHSR operation, Retains original Mahogany Interior.
New Hope and Ivyland 1505.jpg
Open Air Observation Car No. 1525 Former RDG Active, Class PBr, Built 1927, originally 76 seat coach, former Air Conditioned semi-streamlined car, converted in 1967 by NHRR into a two-thirds open and one-third closed coach with open platforms on each end, Out of Service by NHSR in 1979, stored at Wycombe until 2010 when NHRR rebuilt it as a full length open air/observation car.
New Hope and Ivyland Open Air Car 1525.jpg
Coach No. 1536 Former RDG Out of Service, Class PBr, Built 1927, 74 seats, last used in 1969 stored at New Hope,

former Reading "Air Conditioned" Coach.

NH&I 1536.jpg
Coach No. 1542 Former RDG Out of Service, Class PBr, Built 1927,74 seats, last used in 1969, stored at Grenoble, former "Air Conditioned" Coach, heavily vandalized, flipped on its side by vandals in mid-2010, still retains semi-streamlined skirting.
Pullman Parlor Car No. 2004 Former LIRR, Ex NYC, Exx Pullman Company Out of Service, built 1914 as lot 4329, plan 2417A Parlor-Buffet, originally named "Andrico," was a part of the Empire State Limited in NYC years, was a Club Car named "Syossett" in LIRR years, stored on deadline at New Hope.
NHRR 2004.jpg
Coach No. 2804 Former LIRR Out of Service, Class P72, stored at Buckingham.
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Coach No. 2805 Former LIRR Out Of Service, Class P72, stored at Buckingham.
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Coach No. 2809 Former LIRR Out Of Service, Class P72, stored at Buckingham
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Coach No. 2816 Former LIRR Out Of Service, Class P72, painted in NH&I livery, stored at Buckingham.
Nhrr 2816.jpg
Coach No. 2817 Former LIRR Repurposed, Class P72, painted in NH&I livery, interior converted into 3D maze for 2014 Halloween season. Stored at New Hope.
NHRR 2817.jpg
Coach No. 2820 Former LIRR Out Of service, Class P72, stored at Buckingham.
Nhrr 2820.jpg
Coach No. 2826 (2834) Former LIRR Out Of Service, Class P72, painted in NH&I livery, renumbered 2834, stored at Buckingham.
Nhrr 2834.jpg
Coach No. 2834 Former LIRR Out Of Service, Class P72, stored at Buckingham.
Coach No. 4907 Former BR&W, Ex CN Active, Built 1919, constructed as 14 section "Colonist Sleeper" car, originally CN 2877, has composite construction; wood frame and steel skin.
Passenger Car 4907.jpg
Electric Motor Cab Car No. 9125 Former SEPTA, Ex RDG Out Of Service, electric multiple unit in RDG days, became a work train cab car when owned by SEPTA, wears rusty SEPTA livery, stored awaiting restoration into dining car in New Hope, currently utilized as a wood shop.
NHRR 9125.jpg
Dining Car No. 800301 Former American Orient Express, Ex Alaska Railroad, Exx Union Pacific Awaiting refurbishment, built 1949, from Greenbriar Presidential Express, named "Crater Lake," Former American Orient Express "Zurich," originally ran as part of the City of Los Angeles and City of Portland passenger trains as UP 5004.
New Hope and Ivyland 800301.jpg
Business Car "Sherlock Holmes" Former Soo Line Owned by NHRR Founder Kenneth Souser, built 1909. Became part of the Walnut Creek Railroad Station, Dining Car and Saloon in Walnut Creek, California. Now part of Vic Stewart's restaurant.

Freight Rolling Stock

Type & Number Heritage Notes Picture
Boxcar No. 4435 Former LNE Repurposed, Used as storage space in New Hope, lacks trucks.
Boxcar No. 8570 Former LNE Repurposed, Class X-29, Used as storage space in New Hope, lacks trucks.
Boxcar No. 9005 Former LNE Repurposed, USRA Steel 40 foot, used as storage space in New Hope, lack trucks
Boxcar No. 9811 Former NYSW Retired, 40s Frame, PS-1, stored at Buckingham Valley,

no longer sees active use

Hopper Car No. 303 Former CR, Ex PRR In service, Wears white NHRR livery, open/exposed bin, designated for ballast service, kept in good shape, built 1955.
NHRR 303.jpg
Flatcar No. 480047 Former PRR, Ex IHB In service, Wears PRR lettering, steel frame, wooden platform, used to haul railroad ties and other supplies, acquired from Indiana Harbor Belt
NHRR PRR Flatcar.jpg
Dump Car No. 53033 Former CN In service, Wears faded chipped CN livery, used to haul ballast and other minerals, built 1957.
NHRR Difco.jpg
Tank Car No. 3752 Former UTLX In service, Built by Union Tank Car Co., UTLX, 3 dome tanker
Flatcar No. 38009 Former US Army Out of service, 4 truck tank carrier, built 1951
Tank Car No. 55926 Former UTLX In service, Built in 1913, Unique due to the platform at the top of the ladder
Tank Car.jpg
Tank Car No. 6622 Former SHPX In service, Built in 1940, 6 domes.
Tank Car No. 1606 Former SBIX Out of service, Built in 1948, Wooden tank with steel frame, Used to haul vinegar.
Hopper Car No. Unknown Former Lehigh Valley Out of service, 55-ton 2-bay hopper, From Pemberton Historic Trust, Number unknown.
NHRR Unknown.jpg


Number Heritage Notes Picture
No. 102 Former N&B, Ex LNE Out of Service, wooden, was stored at Buckingham for a long time before being brought to New Hope on 2 November 2012. This caboose has had wall paneling and flooring replaced and is still in the process of restoration.
New Hope and Ivyland 102.jpg
No. 103 Former N&B, Ex LNE Restoration, wooden, was stored on deadline at New Hope until 2005 when NHIR ripped of its paneling to begin restoration of the car, as of 2013, it has had a new cupola fabricated and new wood siding is starting to be put on.
No. 92857 Former RDG Owned by New Hope Steam Railway Inc. Sold to PJRL

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Reporting Mark Search". Railinc. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Pawson, John R. (1979). Delaware Valley Rails: The Railroads and Rail Transit Lines of the Philadelphia Area. Willow Grove, Pennsylvania: John R. Pawson. pp. 115–117. ISBN 0-9602080-0-3. 
  3. ^ a b Balkin, Marc (2007). Ride the New Hope Line!. Mark I Videos. 
  4. ^ a b c d New Hope and Ivyland Railroad. "History." Accessed 2011-01-22.
  5. ^
  6. ^ [1]

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