Philly Visitor Guide
New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
The Ivyland Express started in 1962 by a group of Philadelphia area railroad enthusiasts and businessmen, who searched for local trackage and acquired vintage railroad equipment in order to start the tourist railroad. The group obtained the northern 16.7 miles of the Reading Company's New Hope Branch in central Bucks County, and began with a former Canadian National steam locomotive and seven steel suburban passenger coaches. Steam passenger service between New Hope and Buckingham Valley began on August 6, 1966. Freight service was provided by diesels leased from the Reading. The company soon ran into financial troubles, and filed for bankrupcty in 1971. But the rail line was beloved by loyal enthusiasts, and volunteers took over in 1980 to resume excursion service. Currently, the for-profit Bucks County Railroad Preservation and Restoration Corporation has embarked on a $2 million effort to completely restore the New Hope and Ivyland Rail Road to its turn of the century ambience. The Victorian New Hope station, freight house and boarding platform were refurbished, the tracks were rebuilt, and steam passenger service resumed in 1991.