Frequently Asked Questions

How often does the Steam Into History No. 17 run?

Please check the calendar for specific dates and times for the excursions.  You can do this by clicking on “Tickets and Schedules”  or tickets in the menu above. If you have a large group and would like to set up a date and time that is not listed, please contact us at

How much are the tickets?

There is a wide range of prices for tickets.  If you click on “Tickets and Schedule” or tickets in the menu and go to these rides you will see the prices for them.

Preservation Fee
Steam Into History is solely responsible for the cost and maintenance of its train and 10-mile railway. In 2014, Steam Into History established a preservation fee to ensure the integrity of both our replica 1863 steam engine and the physical railway between New Freedom and York on which our attraction operates. The Preservation Fund is intended to cover expected and unexpected costs and will not be used for operating expenses. A $1 Preservation Fee is added to the cost of each ticket.

New Freedom Borough Amusement Tax
Per local ordinance, all ticket sales for train rides embarking from the New Freedom, PA are subject to a New Freedom Borough Amusement Tax of 5%. Steam Into History collects and remits this tax to New Freedom Borough as required by law and does not use any portion of the collected tax to fund its operation. This tax is calculated as a percentage of the ticket price.

Ticketing Fee
Steam Into History collects a $1 ticket handling fee applicable to each ticket to help cover administrative costs associated with reservations management.

For more information on the specials, please check them out on our Pricing page.

How do I get my tickets when I order them online?

Tickets can be picked up anytime prior to your scheduled ride.  When ordering online you will receive an email confirmation that your tickets have been processed and are ready to be picked up in the gift shop at the ticket booth.

Can we get group rates?

Yes, special rates apply to groups of 20 or more riders. Contact us at 717-942-2370 to make arrangements. You can also email us at

Is the train handicapped accessible?

We have a handicap lift to accommodate wheelchairs and those who are unable to climb the steps.  We have coach hosts who will assist passengers onto and off of the train.

* The bathroom facility on the train is NOT handicap accessible.

Please call with any questions.

If I would like to bicycle is there accommodation for my bicycle?

If you would like to ride the train one way and your bike another way, please talk to our conductor.  He can sell you a one way ticket provided that we have room to accommodate the bikes.  Please contact us at 717-942-2370 prior to your ride if you plan on a one way trip.

Are pets allowed on the train?

We must follow FRA regulations and can allow only service dogs wearing the appropriate vests.

What part does history play in the train operation?

This locomotive and train set are a faithful replica of the train Abraham Lincoln rode to present the Gettysburg Address and two years later carried his body in a funeral car.

Our train is an 1860’s replica locomotive.  The coaches are also new but built to resemble the construction of a train coach in the 1860’s.

Each of the runs have a narrator who is well versed in the history of the area as well as Civil War History.  You will also find our volunteers and staff are knowledgeable on the history of trains.  Many of our entertainers and reenactors are willing to share their stories on the Civil War.

Are memberships available?

We are currently working on a membership opportunity.  At this time we do not have any to offer.

How fast does the train run, and how long are the round trip excursions?

The train will travel about 10 miles per hour. The round trip to Hanover Junction and back will take approximately 2.5 hours (including a short layover at Hanover Junction). The round trip to Glen Rock and back is an hour long.  The excursion to Seitzland and back is about 40 minutes long.

Is Steam Into History a non-profit?

Yes, Steam Into History is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, charitable organization and any donations are tax deductible.  Donations for the steam train are welcome. The civil war replica train program is designed to chronicle the role of railroads during the Civil War.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, as a non-profit Steam Into History needs ambassadors, reenactors, flagmen.

Are there special events planned?

Yes, there are special events planned all year long. You can also check this website for upcoming details, or check our Steam Into History Facebook site.

Is there a model railroad at Steam Into History?

The layout building is underway!  To volunteer, see the “get involved page” on this website.

What about parking?

There are two lots near the station with available parking spaces. One lot is a block north and one lot a block south of the shop. We do have disabled parking behind the gift shop. We anticipate on the bigger volume days that we will have ambassadors to direct you to the parking areas and cross Main Street.

Can I have a turn polishing the brass on the engine?

See the volunteer supervisory staff! We have polish the brass days and welcome all who are willing to give us time on the locomotive.

What is the Glen Rock Express? What is the Hanover Junction Limited?

The Glen Rock  Express is a one hour roundtrip. You do not get off the train at Glen Rock during this trip. The Hanover Junction Limited is a 2 1/2 roundtrip. You will be at Hanover Junction for about 20 to 30 minutes at which time you can get off the train.