Welcome to the Northern Central Railway

The William H. Simpson #17 is a faithful replica of the Civil War steam locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln to deliver his now famous Gettysburg Address. These same tracks carried Lincoln’s funeral train two years later. Come experience history as you ride in our custom built coaches, pulled by a 1860s replica steam locomotive.

Check our calendar for dates and times and purchase tickets by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Prices are listed once you select a date. There will be a $1 handling fee added to each ticket.

Our newly acquired diesel is now operating on our track and sharing duties with our #17 steam locomotive.

The Glen Rock rides are 1 hour long. The Hanover Junction rides are 2.5 hours long. All rides are round-trip and begin in New Freedom, PA.

All rides have a narrator.

Questions? You can refer to the FAQs section of this site or you can call the office, our phone number is 717-942-2370.


Tickets are not refundable.  If you wish to transfer to a different date please contact us at 717-942-2370, or email us at  You must make the transfer prior to the date of your excursion. Steam Into History is a 501(c) 3 non profit charitable educational organization.  We are EITC approved.