The Williams Grove Steam Engine Association, of Pennsylvania, which completed its third Annual exhibition last Labor Day, is planning the establishment and operation of a steam railroad. As a part of the plan a 'Railroad Division' was set up.
This Railroad Division, headed by Ralph Hull and George Fawber, President and Secretary respectively of the traction engine group has as its construction Superintendent Frank McGuire, of Mechanics burg, Pa. It is intended to keep the railroad operation separate and distinct from that of the traction engine and farm machinery group, although many old time thresher-men have expressed interest and have purchased stock in the venture.
A steam locomotive, No. 5, an old Pennsy switcher of the 0-6-0 wheel arrangement, built in 1901, has been purchased and is already on the association's grounds at Williams Grove, Pa. Another engine, an 0-4-0 Alco saddle tanker also has been purchased by an individual and donated to the railroad. It will be brought by rail in the near future.
Officials are now making inquiries for cars. The equipment will be housed in a large building purchased from the United States Government at New Cumberland, Pa., which has been torn down and moved to Williams Grove. Erection will take place just as soon as the weather permits.
It is hoped to have the railroad in partial operation by the time the next show is scheduled.