Meet Our Entertainers – Northern Central Railway of York

Ride along the same route that carried President Lincoln from Washington, DC to Gettysburg, PA, where he delivered one of the greatest speeches in American History!

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Meet Our Entertainers

Meet Our Entertainers


Susquehanna Travellers

The Susquehanna Travellers play traditional American folk music, with a focus on the music of the Civil War. They have been playing throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 15 years, and in that time have developed a reputation for excellent musicianship and a unique acoustic sound. Susquehanna Travellers have had the privilege of performing at some of our country’s most prestigious venues including the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society National Convention, and Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg National Military Parks.

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Frank & Bonnie Orlando as Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Lee

General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee are brought to life by living historians Frank and Bonnie Orlando.

Learn about these two great Americans as friends, husband and wife, father and mother, military tactician and superintendent of West Point,
the Lady of Arlington, and the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. At the same time, learn why Robert E. Lee rejected the command of the
US Army when it was offered to him in April of 1861.

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The James-Younger Gang

This gang of American Outlaws was well known in the 19th century. The group included the notorious Jesse James and the Younger brothers. Today this gang is led by Mike Hall and a great group of men and women who bring fun and humor to their “train robbery” experience.

Fake riches will be provided to the passengers, but the gang will also be robbing for charity.

James Hayney as Lincoln

“Mr. Hayney helps us understand Lincoln’s values and attitudes, which were the foundation of his successful efforts to maintain the union of states and to free the slaves. ” Al Holliday, publisher, Pennsylvania Magazine

Mr. Hayney will join us in June, October, and November. He is legendary and very popular with our riders!

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Dr. Marc Charisse, The Professor of Prestidigitation

In nearly 50 years of performing, Marc has learned magic is a timeless art, touching something deep inside us — an urge to break the bonds of everyday life. Magic isn’t so much about fooling people as it is about getting them in touch with the mystery and wonder just beyond our grasp. Marc’s show is about sharing his own enthusiasm for the creations of seeming impossibilities. Marc wants the audience to believe, as he does, that the magic is somehow real.


MuZette, Cello & Flute: Since 1992, the entertaining husband & wife team of Tom & Laurie Reese have fused their diverse backgrounds into a unique style. Improvisation is key to their performances. Tom’s background is in jazz; Laurie has a master’s degree in classical cello performance. Tom & Laurie play music in many styles, from folk, classical, celtic, jazz, blues and more. Traditional Irish & celtic tunes proved to be the initial meeting ground between Tom’s jazz experience and Laurie’s classical training. On the Tannenbaum train, they play traditional Christmas carols (sing along if you will!) as well as tunes not quite so familiar, mixed in with Bach and other classical & folk melodies.

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Mr.William Goodridge

Born into enslavement in 1805, William C. Goodridge was sent to York at age six to apprentice as a tanner. At age 16 he was given his freedom. Goodridge left York and was trained as a barber. He returned to York in the 1820s. After opening a barbershop on Centre Square, Goodridge rose to prominence as one of York’s most successful businessmen. He expanded his store to include imported toys, candies, perfumes, hair remedies, and much more. He also became a property owner and developer, constructing York’s first 4.5 story building and owning up to twenty properties at one time. Goodridge began the Reliance Line of railcars, eventually providing service between York and Philadelphia. In addition to his business ventures, he also became prominent on the Underground Railroad. His properties, including his house as well as Centre Hall on the Square, served as stations. Freedom seekers were hidden in the root cellar of this home, which was accessible via a hidden door in the kitchen floor. The Goodridge railcars were also used to transport freedom seekers to safety. Goodridge was a notable York resident until the mid-1860s when he left to join family members in Minnesota and thereafter Michigan.

Kelly Summerford, who portrays William C. Goodridge, will narrate on the train and give the riders a first-hand account of the experiences he went through being a prominent business owner during that time period.

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Mary Todd Lincoln

Living Historian, Sandy Brunt, will narrate about the life and family of Mary Todd Lincoln on No. 17. Sandy covers the story of Mary Todd, the “lost child” to Mary Lincoln, wife of the late President Abraham Lincoln. Mary, of Scottish descent and raised in a wealthy family in the South, was a sought-after Southern Belle who, against her family’s wishes, gave her heart and hand to Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Mary, devoted wife, mother, and First Lady were plagued with tragedy. Come learn about Mary Lincoln, a misunderstood woman, who lived a life in the shadows of mourning.

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