We appreciate the importance of our communities and like to support them where we can. Here are some examples..
Freedom Bike Ride
We have been happy to sponsor the Freedom Bike Ride for six years running.
This annual bicycle ride raises awareness and support for our military troops (past and present) and honors Gold Star Families from all military conflicts and wars.
The Freedom Bike Ride travels through areas of Central Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna Valley and covers approximately 300 miles over four days of riding.
We look forward to helping fuel them again next year! - Great job, guys!!
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas
For the fourth consecutive year, we were honored to be the Corporate Sponsor of the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration. Learn more about this family-friendly, activity-packed event at their website.
Toys for Tots
In 2017, we had another successful toy drive for the local US Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots. We collected toys in our Northumberland office and concluded the drive with the North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) motorcar train from Northumberland to Berwick. MANY generous families waited along the railroad tracks to make donations. This was our 14th year of hosting this event. We are happy to report it resulted in more than $3,600 in donations and 750 toys/books/games! The success of this event wouldn't be possible without the efforts of Larry Maynard, from Central PA Excursions, and NARCOA. Thank you to all parties and families who made this year a huge success!
Trail of Treats
In October of 2017, a group of our employees had the blessing of participating in WNEP-TV's Trail of Treats at the Best Western Plus at Country Cupboard in Lewisburg, PA. Our Ghostbusters and Graveyard themes were fun for us, and the kids definitely enjoyed hugging the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Railroad Safety Education: Preschool
It is important to educate youth on railroad safety. So, as often as we can, we like to get out and educate kids.
In October of 2017, a preschool in Danville welcomed our PR & Media Manager, Loni Briner, to speak to its students about railroad safety - an opportunity we will always gladly take. Each student made a promise to share the facts that being on railroad tracks is 1) DANGEROUS and 2) ILLEGAL! The kids did a great job with their crafts to serve as a reminder to stay off tracks.
Railroad Safety Education: Lm Elementary School
The Line Mountain Elementary School held a Vehicular Career Day on September 20, 2017. Since We couldn't exactly run a train to Trevorton, we took this opportunity to educate Kindergarten through Fourth grade students about railroad safety.
We also participated in 2017 #USRailSafetyWeek, hosted by Operation Lifesaver, September 24th-30th. See Tracks? THINK TRAIN!
Photo by Ron Schmick of Schmick Photography
On August 29th, in conjunction with Penn State University (PSU) Cooperative Extension, we hosted a delegation of Argentinian “Provincial” officials (including an Argentinian Federal Representative).
The group was touring the area and observing Marcellus related developments. Our visit was arranged by Tom Murphy of PSU and we were joined by Roy Blanchard of the Blanchard Company. PSU provided an interpreter to translate our Director of Marketing, Todd Hunter’s presentation to Spanish.
Argentina is a country of very strong unions - especially in trucking, and it has a very weak and under maintained government rail system. The country has large deposits of shale gas and development is just starting there.
Railroad Safety Education: Cub Scout Day Camp
On July 13, 2017, we were glad to be able to represent our railroad at Cub Scout Day Camp at the Shikellamy State Park Marina, in Sunbury.
The opportunity for us to be there and teach young people about railroading and railroad safety was the perfect fit since the camp’s theme was: "Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” Cub Scouts from ALL OVER Pennsylvania attended the camp.
We are not sure who enjoyed our time there more: the kids or us..
Milton Bicentennial Train Rides
This year marks Milton, PA’s 200th birthday! To kick-off their celebration week, we hosted train rides on our Union County Industrial Railroad on June 10th.
These special, rare-mileage, round-trip train rides departed from the ConAgra Brands plant, in Milton, and traveled north on former Reading Railroad lines, over the Susquehanna River, towards New Columbia, and returned to ConAgra. This was the first time since 1964 that passengers were afforded the opportunity to travel on this rail line, making it a unique experience.
Everyone had a wonderful time and we were so pleased to be able to be such an integral part of the Milton Bicentennial celebrations!
Railroad Education: Bald Eagle Area School
On October 12, 2016, We teamed up with the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society to educate students from Bald Eagle Area School District about the history and current-day operation of Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad.
The students were eager for this visit, since they had already constructed railroad posters to display at Steamtown in Scranton. These posters will join others in becoming part of a wrap that will cover a replica of NASA's Mars Dream Rocket!
We really enjoyed meeting the students and love the work they’ve done.
Railroad Education: Susquehanna University
On April 7, 2016, our Public Relations & Media Manager, Loni Martz Briner gave a 90-minute lecture to 50 Susquehanna University students about our railroads and the importance/basics of branding, public relations, and integrated marketing.
Union County Veterans’ Parade Fourth of July Celebration
On June 25, 2016, we donated train trips to the Union County Veteran’s Parade Fourth of July Celebration. In exchange for train tickets, we collected donations that totaled $1,377; 100 percent of these donations went to the parade committee and the Freedom Bike Ride!
We were glad to be able to run these train rides for the four consecutive years.