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In History: The New Berlin and Winfield Railroad, and Locomotive #2

Oct 22, 2015 05:55AM ● Published by Kevin

The Union County Historical Society - Lewisburg, PA and the New Berlin Heritage Association will host the program "The New Berlin and Winfield Railroad, and Locomotive #2" on Thursday, November 12, 6 PM at the Carriage Corner Restaurant, Mifflinburg.

Will Sanders, of Lewisburg, will discuss the history of the New Berlin-Winfield Railroad that provided passenger and freight service from 1905 to 1916.

Philip McMeins, with Matt Crull, of Midwest Central Railroad in Iowa, will give an illustrated talk about the restoration of New Berllin-Winfield Locomotive #2 at MCR in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.  

The New Berlin and Winfield Railroad was a narrow-gauge line. On June 14, 1905, passenger train travel began, in an effort to infuse new life and commerce into New Berlin and Dry Valley, which were bypassed by the Philadelphia & Reading along the Susquehanna and the Lewisburg/Tyrone (Pennsylvania RR) through the center of Buffalo Valley. The New Berlin-Winfield train made an eight mile run, four round-trips on weekdays and two on Sundays. The primary freight was agricultural produce in summer and timber in winter. At Winfield, passengers and freight could transfer at the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad station to larger trains and lines. The rail line proved to be economically unsuccessful and the last train ran on September 19, 1916.

Locomotive #2 was built new for the New Berlin and Winfield Railroad, a 20 ton 2-6-0, Mogul. This coal burner produced 6,289 lbs. tractive effort. In 1917 the locomotive was sold to the Argent Lumber Co. in South Carolina, where the #2 worked the swamp trackage, hauling logs back to the mill in Hardeeville. After that railroad shut down the locomotive was purchased by the Midwest Central Railroad and shipped to Iowa. It was rebuilt by the early 70's and operated as an out main road engine for nearly 20 years until 1987 when it was taken out of service for a complete rebuild, including a complete frame up restoration comprising of a new boiler.

The program follows a buffet dinner with chicken Romano & pasta, roast beef, seasoned red potatoes, green beans, baked corn, salad, rolls and butter, pumpkin dessert and beverages.  There will be a cash bar with wine and cider.

Railroad-related items and new historical society publications will be for sale.  Awards for historic preservation and service will be presented by the historical society. 

The cost for the dinner/program is $22 per person.  Prepaid reservations are required and are due by Nov.2.  Send checks to UCHS, 103 S. 2nd St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.  For more information, contact the Society at 570-524-8666 or info@unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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