Ma & Pa RR Flash Flood Recovery

$3,066 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 11 months
As of November 26, work is underway to repair the severe flood damage sustained by the Ma & Pa Railroad (see damage pictures in Original Story below). Working under an emergency permit that provides just 60 days for the work at five sites to be completed, our contractor has begun at the 30 foot steel bridge that was washed away.

32685592_1543326646103373_r.jpegThe area around the bridge and stream channel have been cleared of rock and debris, so that the stream now flows freely at its pre-flood level. The bridge has been moved out of the creek bed and cleared of mud and debris. The washed out embankment on the north approach is being rebuilt, and the salvageable portion of the track has been returned to its proper alignment. Work is in progress to divert the stream so that the south abutment can be underpinned and stabilized.
32685592_1543326673334723_r.jpegSince York County was not declared a federal disaster area, we have no expectation of government funds to aid our recovery. The total cost of the repairs at all five sites is now estimated to approach $170,000 when engineering costs are included, so our need for help in funding the repairs is acute.
32685592_1543326692740496_r.jpegEvery contribution, large or small, will make a difference in covering these staggering costs. Having an operating rail line is essential to the future of our unique museum. Please make a donation today to help us restore this historic line for the education and enjoyment of today's families and future generations.

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The remaining track of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad in southeastern York County, PA, suffered devastating damage on the afternoon of August 31st due to a freakish rainfall of more than 10" in less than 2 hours. Water flooding down tributary streams produced the most damaging flood ever recorded along this section of the railroad. The raging water washed away a 30 foot steel bridge and undercut its abutments, seriously damaged two other bridges, caused serious erosion of the rail embankment, and destroyed more than 700 feet of track.
32685592_1539039362583499_r.jpegThe Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society maintains and operates the railroad as part of the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, a museum consisting of the village of Muddy Creek Forks, a National Register Historic District, and 3.6 miles of Ma & Pa Railroad main line through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley. The all-volunteer Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization with limited financial resources to face a disaster of this magnitude, which is far beyond the capabilities of its volunteers.
32685592_1539039422585905_r.jpegThe Society is, nonetheless, moving aggressively to repair the line. A professional engineer has inspected and made recommendations for the bridges, a track contractor is onboard, and an application has been made to the Pennsylvania DEP for an Emergency Permit to do the work.
32685592_1539039461976570_r.jpegThe aim of this GoFundMe is to provide a mechanism for many community donors to help pay the cost of the repairs.  Your contribution will help the Society recover from this natural disaster, restore the railroad line, and continue to offer fun and educational train rides for kids and families. Our $50,000 goal is ambitious, but your contribution in ANY amount will help get us there. No gift is too small OR too large - please donate today!

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Good news from our track restoration efforts!

With considerable ingenuity our contractor has replaced our 30' long bridge on it's newly repaired abutments. The approaches are regraded, the stream flows freely under the bridge, and the bridge timbers are mostly distributed and ready to be fastened to the girders. Now our contractor can move on to our four other damaged sites.

Another bit of good news - we have gotten a 60 day extension to the emergency permit so we have more time to do the needed work.

Many thanks to all of our GoFundMe donors who have raised almost $3000 so far. If you can share our fundraiser with your Facebook friends, maybe some of them will join you in supporting this critical recovery effort.
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Despite bad weather and the Thanksgiving holiday, work on our track repairs is progressing well.

The area around our big bridge has been completely cleared, the bridge has been removed from the creek, and the roadbed and track on the north approach are being restored. This week we expect to divert the stream so the bridge abutments can be repaired.

But we still have a long way to go to fund the necessary work.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. Please share our GoFundMe with your friends and consider making an additional donation to support our recovery.

Many thanks for your support!
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Exciting news! We got the emergency permit to do the track repair work. But the permit only gives us 60 days to get it done. The contractor started work Monday and has already cleared a lot of the debris near to where the bridge was washed out. Please share our campaign with your friends.
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Exciting news! The members and friends of the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village have sent us directly checks totaling $6735 to help fund the track restoration. The campaign is progressing.
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$3,066 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 11 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society
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York, PA
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