Posts Tagged With: Rockhill Trolley Museum

Candy Lake game takes over the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center!

1000х1000The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau and Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe invite you to imagine a world where all of your surroundings are made of candy, cookies and other treats. For the week of December 7-13, 2015, the Raystown Lake Region Visitor Center has been transformed into Candy Lake.

CandyLake_ecsDSC_3408www

Inspired by a popular childhood board game, Candy Lake is an imaginary lake featuring islands where the landscape and structures are made of sweet treats. Visitors to Candy Lake follow a colorful path to visit each island display. The islands have been designed by area businesses and organizations along a candy theme. Attendees can choose to play the life-sized game, or simply stroll through the displays on their own.

At the end, guests are invited to make a free-will donation to vote for their favorite island. Each organization and business presenting an island has chosen a charity that will benefit from the cash votes, and at the end of the week, the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe will match the public contributions to the charity that receives the most.

The first 100 children aged 12 and under will receive a stocking and a small toy courtesy of the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe and Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.

#PAHolidays

CandyLake_ecsDSC_3410www

You can see more photos at:
Candy Lake event at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center

Participating businesses and organizations include: Rockhill Trolley Museum, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Huntingdon County, Fairfield Inn and Suites benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Juniata College, Thompson’s Candle Co. benefitting Huntingdon House, Perma-Chink benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast benefiting Huntingdon Landmarks, Standing Stone Coffee Company benefiting St Vincent de Paul and Isett Heritage Museum benefiting Huntingdon House.

December 7-13, 2015
Monday 8am-2pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 8am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday noon-4pm

Categories: Events, Group Travel, HCVB News, Things to Do | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Farewell, Dr. Mowbray.

Publishers note: This was received as an email from the Rockhill Trolley Museum to its members by its president, Joel Salomon. Dr. Mowbray was a great friend of the Museum.  I had the pleasure of working alongside him at a large outdoor and travel show promoting the Raystown Lake Region to potential visitors.  In the day I spent with him, and the brief interactions since at the Museum, Dr. Mowbray made a lasting impression.  He will be truly missed. -Matt Price
Dr. Jack Mowbray

Dr. Jack Mowbray at the controls at the Rockhill Trolley Museum

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Jack Mowbray passed away early this afternoon at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore surrounded by his wife Natalie, and daughters Marjorie and Jana.

The museum sends its sympathies to the Mowbray’s with Jack’s passing. Personally, Jack was a great friend to me. He and I had many special and great times together over the years. Jack had many friends at the museum and we will all miss his presence at the museum. It’s hard to think that we will not have his laughter, humor, guidance and wisdom at the trolley museum anymore.

Jack had been a member of Railways To Yesterday Inc. (Rockhill Trolley Museum) since its earliest days, holding Membership #11.  He was most recently Chairman of the Board. A native of the Lehigh Valley, Jack was one of the organization’s few remaining members who had first hand memories of the Lehigh Valley Transit Company, which he rode to school in his youth.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made to the Rockhill Trolley Museum, specifically Chicago Aurora & Elgin car 315, Jack’s favorite car at the museum. The car is under restoration, but returned to operation in 2012, with Jack being the first person to operate the car in many years. For me personally, it was one of my happiest days at the museum, to see Jack operate his favorite car once again.
I’m sorry to have to give this news to you as I know some of you knew Jack for many years. Rest in peace dear friend Jack, you will be sorely missed!
Joel Salomon
Categories: HCVB News, History, Tourism Industry | Tags: | Leave a comment

Step Back in Time This Weekend in Rockhill, PA

If you like ragtime music, here’s your opportunity to hear some that great music played by some of the top ragtime musicians in America.

July 20th to 22th, 2012 are the dates and Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania is the place to be to hear great ragtime, just like it was played in grandpa’s time. You’ll be carried back to the good old days on the early 20th century  trolleys at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

For you amateur and budding ragtime players there will be opportunities to showcase your talent during the festival. Check the Directions page for motel information in the area.

Our festival is shaping up to be one of the premier East Coast venues for ragtime this year.

Mr. Bryan Wright will be discussing  “Ragtime past and present” during the festival. Watch for details at http://www.rockhillragtime.com/.

Your 2012 Festival Itinerary

Note: All concerts will be at the United Methodist Church in Orbisonia, 613 Cromwell Street, Orbisonia, PA.

Friday

Friday Afternoon Concert

7:00 pm. Details to follow

Friday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00

Meet and Greet Reception

Friday evening after the concert, the doors of the Iron Rail Bed and Breakfast will be open for a drop in reception. Come and meet and mingle with the performers and fellow fans. We hope to see some impromptu playing during the evening, but if not, your hosts, Dave and Cindy Brightbill, have lots of rolls for the player piano!! Snacks will be served and the evening will be a great opportunity to hear some ragtime stories as well as music.

Friday Evening Meet & Greet: $5.00

After Hours

For late night ragtime fans ten o’clock at the Iron Rail is the place to be for more music, chat and good times.

Friday After Hours: $5.00

Saturday

Saturday Morning Breakfast at the Iron Rail Bed & Breakfast   (NEW!)

Have breakfast with the performers at the Iron Rail at 9am. David and Cindy Brightbill will host a buffet breakfast. for $6 per person. Contact David for reservations. Visit with the stars while having a great breakfast.

Afternoon Amateur and Free Venues

Again this year the festival will hold free concerts at the Rockhill Trolley Museum on Meadow Street in Rockhill Furnace. Our featured artists will perform. Walk-up talent is encouraged, so here’s your opportunity to not only hear the pros in an informal setting but to showcase your talent. Times will be announced later. The pavilion next to the gift shop is where to go to enjoy the trolleys rolling by while listening to ragtime on the piano there.

Trolley Rides

Back in the golden age of ragtime music, the trolley was the most popular methods of travelling around town. Experience what it was like to travel in those days by taking a ride on some of America’s Historic trolleys at the Rockhill Trolley Museum, just across Meadow Street from the station. Trolley time is any time from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Trolley tickets: Adult: $7.00, Children: $4.00 (2 to 11), Under 2: FREE!

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm our performers will be in concert.

Saturday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00

Saturday Evening Concert

Saturday evening at 7:00pm our performers will be in concert.

Saturday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00

Sunday

Sunday Morning Services  (NEW!)

Adam Swanson will provide music at the 9:30 am service at St Luke Lutheran Church in Mt Union. Mount Union is straight north on 522.  Adam will provide prelude, offertory and postlude selections all with a gospel flavor. The main part of the service will be a local southern style gospel group known as “Forever Gospel” in 4 part harmony. David Brightbill is the Organist  Attire is informal.

Amateur and Free Venues

Our free concerts will continue on Sunday at the piano at the Rockhill Trolley Museum. Our featured artists will again perform, subject to their time constraints. Walk-up talent is again encouraged, so here’s another opportunity to showcase your talent. Times will be announced later.

Trolley Rides

The Trolley rides continue on Sunday on the Rockhill Trolley Museum. Trolley time is any time from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Trolley tickets: Adult: $7.00, Children: $4.00 (2 to 12), Under 2: FREE!

Sunday Afternoon Concert

Our Sunday afternoon concert will start at 4:00 pm. The Golden Voice of Ann Gibson, accompanied by Fredrick Hodges. Ann is going to feature music from the Great War era. She is sure to please!

Sunday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00 per person.

Special Combined Event Passes

All-Concert Pass is $70.00. This does not include entry into the after hours events.

Deluxe Pass: $80 for All Piano and Vocal Concerts, and entry to the After hours Events.

Categories: Events, History, Things to Do | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Last Minute Fathers Day Ideas

Okay, you’ve only got four days to plan something for dad! What do you do?

We have some ideas for you that dad is sure to appreciate, all of which you still have time to pull-off!

    1. Weekend getaway in the Raystown Lake Region:  If dad loves the water, why not rent a houseboat from Seven Points Marina  or Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center?  It is impossible to find accommodations any closer to Raystown Lake than a houseboat!  These are perfect for the dad who loves to fish, swim, kayak, grill, and/or drive a boat.  Plus mom and the family get the comforts of home with fully equipped kitchens, and bathrooms, not to mention comfy beds!  Other types of accommodations are also available this weekend from camping to bed and breakfasts, cabins and vacation homes.  Visit Raystown.org/places-to-stay to hone in on exactly the type of lodging you are looking for!
    2. Nostalgia and Ice Cream: Is dad the guy who loves cars, or is he the guy who has fond memories of riding the streetcar through his hometown?  Why not treat him to a visit to the Swigart Automobile Museum, and take him for a ride and an ice cream treat at the Rockhill Trolley Museum? Other great places to reminisce are the Isett Acres Museum, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society Museum.
    3. The Bird’s Eye View: Take dad on a road trip he’ll never forget.  Stop at Jo Hays Vista on Route 26 for a bird’s eye view of Happy Valley, then let him interact with raptors at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  After that, head south to Ridenour Overlook and Hawn’s Overlook for great views of Raystown Lake.  Get back on Route 26 south then turn right onto 164 west to check out the views from atop Tussey Mountain on your way to a surprise helicopter tour of Raystown Lake or the Horseshoe Curve with Pine Bottom Aviation!  Check out this Google Map for directions and suggested places for eating along the way!
    4. Buck the System: Admit it, there’s something mesmerizing to almost all dads about cowboys riding bucking broncos and bulls!  If this describes your dad, then you need to get him tickets to the Central Pennsylvania Rodeo this weekend! Add in some great vittles, and dad can settle into the grandstand at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds, and have a mighty fine time!  Yee Haw!
    5. The Old Standbys with a Different Twist: So, the old standby is more your speed for a Fathers Day gift…The RLR has you covered there too!  Want a sweater or socks?  Then check out Terrace Mountain Alpacas for great Alpaca wool products.   New camping gear? Rothrock Outfitters and Bear Creek RV have your back!  Dinner and a show?  Check out some great places to eat and the Clifton 5 or Playhouse at  McConnellstown!
    6. A Gift from the heART: Gifts of art are always appreciated.  The RLR has some great places to find the perfect piece of work for your favorite piece of work, I mean dad!  Check out the Log Cabin Gallery Shop, Vintage Art Glass and the Foxy Grape, Li’l Deb’s Custom Stained Glass, Reeve’s Gift Boutique, Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe, and Family Treasures, all have great artwork for sale!

If you are still at a loss, then give us a call at 888-729-7869, and we’ll help you out!

Happy Fathers Day!

Categories: Dining, Events, Shopping, Things to Do | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rockhill Trolley Museum to Continue Operating in 2012

The Rockhill Trolley Museum has been associated with the East Broad Top Railroad and the Kovalchick family since 1960. It was in October of that year that Johnstown Traction Company # 311 was moved to Rockhill Furnace and became the first trolley in what is now known as the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

During 2012, the trolley museum will continue to operate on its normal schedule of weekends only, starting Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. The winter holiday events will take place in late November and early December. Additional special events will be held throughout the year. Please check our website at www.rockhilltrolley.org for a complete listing of all of our 2012 events.

While associated with the EBT Railroad for over fifty years, the trolley museum is a separate non-profit corporation operated by Railways To Yesterday, Inc. The Rockhill Trolley Museum is deeply grateful for the many years of support from the East Broad Top Railroad and the Kovalchick family. We are looking forward to many more years of mutual help and cooperation. The trolley museum is staffed entirely by volunteers that are responsible for all aspects of the museum. We are deeply disappointed to hear that the EBT will not operate during 2012. The Rockhill Trolley Museum looks forward to the operation of East Broad Top Railroad in the future.

Rockhill Trolley Museum photo by David Schwartz

The Rockhill Trolley Museum will continue normal operations on weekends Memorial Day Weekend through the end of October 2012, as well as special holiday events in late November through December! (photo by David Schwartz)

Categories: Events, Group Travel, HCVB News, History, Things to Do, Tourism Industry | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

High Iron Hiatus

We learned late last week that the East Broad Top Railroad will not be operating in 2012.  The historic narrow-gauge railway has been in operation for around 140 years, including the last five decades as a tourist railroad.  Operating a tourist attraction using century-old equipment in century-old buildings, on a century-old right-of way presents a unique set of challenges.  We don’t know all of the details of the decision why not to operate this summer, but we know that some significant investments are needed to keep the steam operation running smoothly and safely for the general public.

Railroad officials have stated on their Facebook page, that they still hope to be back up and running full-steam in 2013.  There are several organizations who support the East Broad Top Railroad, its preservation and promotion, including the Friends of East Broad Top, Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society, East Broad Top Preservation Association, Railways To Yesterday (operators of the Rockhill Trolley Museum), and the Kovalchick family, who have owned the railroad since 1956, just to name a very important few.

Tours of the railroad shops in Rockhill will continue to be available to groups of 20 or more people this summer.  These tours are amazing in and of themselves.  The twin communities of Rockhill and Orbisonia will continue to hold their homecoming and Christmas in Our Hometown events, and the Rockhill Trolley Museum will continue its weekend operations beginning this Memorial Day weekend.

In other words, there is still a lot of history and activity to be explored in the Rockhill-Orbisonia area.  Please don’t let the absence of steam excursions keep you away!  If you’d like help planning your trip, give the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau a call at 888-729-7869.

Categories: Events, Group Travel, HCVB News, History, Things to Do, Tourism Industry | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Inter-Museum Cooperation Benefits Three Historic Trolley Cars

Rockhill Furnace, PA – The Rockhill Trolley Museum (www.rockhilltrolley.org), the operating entity of Railways To Yesterday, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational corporation, is happy to announce its participation in an inter-museum exchange of historic vehicles and components between the Branford Electric Railway Association (www.bera.org), the National Capital Trolley Museum (www.dctrolley.org), and the Rockhill Trolley Museum, three of the East Coast’s well-known operating electric railway museums.

The Rockhill Trolley Museum has deaccessioned and transferred ownership of 1899 vintage former DC Transit snow sweeper car #09 to the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, MD.  This car is one of only two former Washington, DC snow sweepers still in existence and remains in essentially the same condition as when it left Washington, DC, having been kept in protected storage for most of its 50 years in Rockhill Furnace.  The exterior of the car was cosmetically restored by museum volunteers for its 100th birthday in 1999 and has operated approximately once per year by the museum for special events since that time.  Its transfer to the National Capital Trolley Museum marks 50 years since the end of streetcar operation in Washington, DC.  The acquisition of car #09 helps National Capital Trolley Museum replace sister car #07 which was lost forever after the museum suffered a tragic fire on September 28, 2003. Car #09 last swept snow at Rockhill Trolley Museum in 2000.

In exchange for its transfer of ownership of car #09 to National Capital Trolley Museum, Rockhill Trolley Museum acquires former Iowa Terminal Railroad 1911 vintage snow sweeper #3 as well as a pair of Brill trucks suitable for use under 1895 vintage former Valley Railways car #12.

Former Iowa Terminal Railroad #3 was constructed in 1911 by the McGuire-Cummings company; the same entity that constructed DC Transit #09, and is representative of the style of snow sweeper used by electric railways from coast to coast that operated in colder climates.  The car was cosmetically restored and made operable again by the Branford Electric Railway Association as a gift to the National Capital Trolley Museum in an effort to help the museum recover after its tragic 2003 fire.  Cars similar to #3 operated in several central Pennsylvania cities including Altoona, Harrisburg, and Johnstown.

Along with car #3, Rockhill Trolley Museum acquires a pair of former Brill 27F trucks suitable for use under former Valley Railways car #12 as it operated in its last years of operation.  Valley Railways #12 is one of only a few cars in existence built by the Jackson and Sharp Company and is the sole remaining car known to exist from the Valley Railways.  The body of this car was saved by Rockhill Trolley Museum in 1985 after 52 years of use as a structure.  Acquisition of suitable trucks for this car accomplishes a long-sought goal for the museum and moves this car closer to restoration as an operating exhibit.

The Rockhill Trolley Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating trolley museums in the Middle Atlantic, having operated trolleys every year since 1962.  The museum offers a very scenic three mile round trip ride along scenic Blacklog Creek and is located across the street from the historic East Broad Top Railroad.  For more information on the museum, as well as information on how to contribute to some of the other significant museum projects, when to visit and how to become a member, please visit www.rockhilltrolley.org.

The Rockhill Trolley Museum extends its thanks to Branford Electric Railway Association and National Capital Trolley Museum for their cooperative efforts to make this historic exchange of equipment possible.

The arrival of sweeper 3 from Connecticut and the departure of sweeper 09 to Washington is scheduled for Monday March 19, 2012

Railways To Yesterday, Inc.
www.rockhilltrolley.org

Categories: HCVB News, History | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: