Northern Central Railway is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, charitable organization, located in New Freedom, PA. The historic attraction, with a replica 1860s steam locomotive and a GP9 diesel engine, hosts excursions that educate, entertain, and enlighten. Our trains ride on the very same route that President Abraham Lincoln rode on his way to and from delivering the Gettysburg Address in 1863. Two years later, this line carried his funeral car.
We celebrate history with educational excursions, but we also offer rides that stoke imaginations and satisfy cravings for adventure. Fantastical characters from magicians to superheroes, and extraordinary events from princess tea parties to cowboy train robberies, are made real aboard Northern Central Railway!
We have had over 120,000 visitors from 48 states and 15 countries. We are proud to be one of the most unique tourist attractions in York County.
Your support helps ensure that Northern Central Railway continues to offer new, imaginative programs every year, and for many years to come!
Ways To Give
Choose a membership level that fits both your interest level and your ability to participate.
Name a Seat on a Coach
For a contribution of $1500.00, have your very own seat aboard our train! Tell us what you would like your brass plate to say, then we’ll mount the plate to an arm rest of a seat in our newly restored coach and you’ll become a permanent part of living history! These custom plaques make a great gift or lasting tribute for any railfan or friend of Northern Central Railway.
Name a Railroad Tie
Take a walk on the York County Heritage Rail Trail along the Northern Central Railway to see where you have made a mark on living history! Your naming gift of $125.00 (for 1 railroad tie) or $200.00 (for 2 railroad ties) will help build a York County tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime! What a great way to honor a loved one or friend.
Special projects can include anticipated as well as unanticipated large capital improvements such as building an additional passenger coach, purchasing maintenance equipment, or track improvements. Giving for special projects can also be in the form of in-kind donations.
Gifts made through the annual appeal support operating expenses.
Sponsorships are a great way for individuals and companies to show their support for Northern Central Railway. A number of opportunities are available including Season Sponsorships, Event Sponsorships, and Individual Excursion Sponsorships.