nhir_heraldNew Hope & Ivyland Railroad


Incorporated in 1962 as Steam Trains, Inc. by a group of Philadelphia area railroad enthusiasts and businessmen, this private venture searched for local trackage and acquired vintage railroad equipment in order to start their own tourist railroad, a trend which swept the country at that time. After investigating a number of area railroad rights-of-way, in 1966 the group obtained the northern 16.7 miles of the Reading Company's New Hope Branch in central Bucks County for a price of about $200,000. Using a former Canadian National steam locomotive and seven steel suburban passenger coaches, the new for-profit company was christened as the "New Hope and Ivyland Railroad" (NHIR) in honor of the villages situated at either end of the line.

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

nhir_state The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad is today a common-carrier shortline that operates tourist train service between New Hope and Lahaska, in eastern Pennsylvania. The road has seen several owners since its launch in the early 1960s. It is currently owned and operated by the Bucks County Railroad Preservation & Restoration Corporation. Equipment roster includes two steamers, several diesel-electric locomotives, and a collection of passenger equipment. The railroad provides contract track and locomotive services to freight and passenger railroads around the country and has also been featured in various film and television commercial projects.

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Motive Power

New Hope & Ivyland #1533

  • builder:Montreal Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • built:Jun 1911, Montreal #49878
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt as Canadian Northern #264, 1911
    to Canadian National #1533, 1956
    to Steam Trains, Inc. #1533, 1962
    later New Hope & Ivyland #1533
    out of service since late 1975
    stored unserviceable, New Hope
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    This page was updated on 2017-08-26