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Ontelaunee Park Train Restoration Project
Engine number 99 in 2013

Help keep our history intact for generations to come.

Ontelaunee Park opened on Labor Day weekend 1929 and tended to appeal to families who enjoyed the swimming pool, live country and western music and simple rides. One of the most popular rides was a small train that carried people around the park.

Purchased in the 1930s by Homer Snyder, the Ontelaunee Express traveled on 1,500 feet of track. It ran until the park was sold in 1987.

Thankfully, the late Carl Snyder, whose love of history formed the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society, had the forethought to purchase the train in hopes of one day restoring it to running condition. That day will finally be approaching!

The train has a sentimental place in the hearts of many community members that has not dimmed with time, make it a part of yours!

The project consists of the train restoration and construction of a structure to showcase the engine and passenger cars. It will be based on the look of the old New Tripoli Train Station.

The restoration of the Ontelaunee Park Train from the early days of the park's history not only continues to bring the park to life, but it keeps the family’s traditions and history intact for generations to come.

Help fund the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society's
Ontelaunee Park Train Restoration Project!
Consider making a tax-deductible donation via Paypal using the button below.

Download the form (PDF) to donate offline
or you may simply mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society
c/o Willard Snyder
P.O. Box 73
New Tripoli, PA 18066


 
 
The Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 organization.