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Ma & Pa Railroad Village hosts event despite flooding
The Ma & Pa Railroad Village, damaged heavily by flooding late last month, still plans to host its annual Heritage Day later this month.
The village said in a news release Tuesday, Sept. 11, that Heritage Day will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Last month's flooding damaged the track, so only 1.2 miles of the track will be in operation during the event. Because of the shorter run, there will not be a charge for the 2.4-mile round trip, which will run every half hour, according to the release.
Tickets are required and can be picked up inside the A.M.Grove General Store, and tickets for specific times can be reserved online for a $1 handling fee. The village asks passengers to consider making a donation to support recovery efforts for the damaged track.
There also will be special exhibits, presentations, displays, demonstrations, children's activities, food and tours, according to the village.
Flooding caused significant damage to the village late last month. According to the release, dozens of volunteers came out to clean up the mud and debris after flooding on Aug. 31.
The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that maintains and operates the site, set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for repairs to the train route. According to the fundraising site, “significant sections of railroad track and bridges were washed out and will require major repairs beyond the ability of our volunteers. The Society and a professional contractor have made a preliminary assessment of the track damage, and repairs will cost $50,000 or more.”
As of Monday, Sept. 17, contributions totaled $906 of the $50,000 goal. To contribute, visit the page at https://www.gofundme.com/ma-amp-pa-rr-flash-flood-recovery. Checks made out to Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society also can be sent directly to P.O. Box 2262, York, 17402-2262, according to the site.
The village is located at 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road in Lower Chanceford Township. For more information on the village or Heritage Day, check the village's website, http://www.maandparailroad.com.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.