Experience History, Engage in Community, Excite Imagination
Time travel becomes possible along Northern Central Railway’s excursion routes that offer one-of-a-kind experiences to anyone looking to explore history and the countryside. From meeting presidents and generals to taking passage along the very rail trails that helped build the nation, Northern Central Railway provides a unique journey for all to embark on.
Founded by the late Bill Simpson, the former CEO of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co, and his longtime friend D. Reed Anderson of Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law, Northern Central Railway began as Steam Into History.
Northern Central’s original name was inspired by the1860s-replica steam engine that passengers continue to enjoy today, and their focus on sharing the story of York’s rich history.
While the name has changed, the term STEAM is as prevalent as ever – representing Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math.STEAM showcases Northern Central Railway’s educational offerings, which contribute to its approach of being an all-inclusive tourism destination for the local community and beyond.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation charitable organization, Northern Central Railway has received generous support over the years from Louis Appel, Jr. and the Powder Mill Foundation.
In 2016, the Powder Mill Foundation contributed to Northern Central’s capital campaign as a major donor and has since supported the railway’s ongoing efforts to grow. Most recently, the Powder Mill Foundation helped fund a new coach for railway passengers to enjoy this fall.
Northern Central Railway is proud to collaborate with the Powder Mill Foundation on so many of our projects. The Foundation has created an amazing legacy for the York community, and like many other non-profits, we strive to live up to their ideals and those of the Appell family. We are committed to helping York by sharing stories from our unique history, showcasing our beauty and connecting the towns along with Northern Central Railway and Heritage Rail Trail County Park.
Michael J. Patrick, Board President, Northern Central Railway