The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society
The town of Bellefonte (and Centre County generally) were built along and heavily influenced by the presence of the railroad infrastructure, which connected an otherwise rural area to the major cities and places of learning around the country. Yet today those railroads have receded to car traffic, and little attention is given to this older form of transportation. Thus the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society was created to attempt to preserve and display the heritage of the railroads in Bellefonte. Twice a year, the society takes an excursion along the NBER in historical train cars.
Backstory and Context
First chartered in 1984 to provide excursions on the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad (from Lock Haven to Bellefonte). That was when they acquired the 1953-built rail diesel car #9167.
BHRS also acquired the Bellefonte Central Railroad Snow Plow #100 in 1987. It was built by the Russel Snow Plow Company in Ridgeway, PA, sometime around the turn of the 20th century. Along with snowplow, BHRS purchased the Bellefonte Central Railroad Caboose #103, built around 1922.
In 1992, the society acquired a 1962 rail diesel car, #9153. Both historic RDCs ran along the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad until 2005, when mechanical issues required both cars to retire from transportation. There are plans to reinstate #9167 in 2015, following some mechanical work.
Today BHRS sponsors two annual excursions along the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad (and other smaller events throughout the year). To participate in any events, see the preserved train cars, or for the chance to ride on the historic railroad, visit the society's website and check upcoming events.