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Ride the Rails with Lincoln and Washington

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What better way to celebrate President’s Day Weekend than to spend it with two of the nation’s most iconic presidents? From Saturday, Feb. 15 to Monday, Feb. 17, folks can do just that when they ride the rails on a local train ride accompanied by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

On each of the scheduled days, folks may select from one of three designated ride times on the William H. Simpson, York #17—11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Train rides will take passengers from New Freedom to Glen Rock on a one hour, narrated tour, or one that lasts 2.5 hours to the Hanover Junction. Narrators for these tours will be dressed in period attire from the 1860s and will enlighten passengers on the specific historical significance of the places and sites passed along the way in regards to Civil War history.

Furthermore, presidential passengers George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will be joining folks on their train ride. Both presidents will be interacting with train riders along the way, asking questions and encouraging riders to ask any and all questions they hope to learn answers to in regards to the presidents’ lives, legacies and personal challenges as President of the United States.

As an added bonus, President Lincoln, along with presidential pals George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt will be performing in a Saturday evening concert, Feb. 15. Anyone who presents a ticket for one of the slated rides will receive $5 off admission to this special concert. Dr. Duke Thompson, who portrays Abraham Lincoln is also a concert pianist and serves as Director of the Maryland Conservatory. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Conservatory’s scholarship fundrasier as well as Steam into History.

Steam Into History, Inc. is a non-profit organization on the quest to chronicle the role that York County played in Civil War history. To do so, they lead historic rides and excursions by train, offering passengers scenic views while experiencing narration and taking in the experience of riding the rails through history and exploration locally. As it was a train ride that brought Lincoln to Gettysburg, a train ride where he started what was to become known as his famous “Gettysburg Address,” trains and history are two elements that connect to bring the Civil War experience alive to passengers on these tours.

The main site address for Steam Into History is 2 West Main Street, New Freedom, PA 17349. To buy tickets, inquire about the Saturday evening concert or learn more about Steam Into History, call the gift shop at 717-942-2370 or visit



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