A Brief History - Carroll C. Stahl got the idea to build his Carroll Park and Western Railroad after he took his family to California to see Walt Disney. Upon returning home he bought what would become the Carroll Park and Western #117 and that was the beginning of one manís dream of a live steam railroad attraction What became known as the Carroll Park and Western Railroad was located 3 miles east of Bloomsburg, PA along Rt. 11 and more than 8 years to build, officially opening to the public in May 1964. The C.P.&W. operated a 4ft gauge tourist railroad that had about 2 miles of track in a dog bone out and back layout. You could buy your ticket and board the train at Deadwood Flats Station, patterned after a depot on the CN&W Railroad, for a short trip through the scenic county side on one of their coaches, rebuilt from caboose frames, lead by the small 0-4-0 #117 steam locomotive or #3 Climax locomotive. Along with the train ride there was also a water tower, food stand in an old C&O Kitchen Camp Car, picnic area, and several other western style buildings called Deadwood Flats. You could also tour the ďAlice MayĒ business car, have lunch in an ex C&O Camp Car and view several other pieces of railroad equipment that were on display and in use for the tourist excursions. Today all that remains at the original location of the Carroll Park and Western Railroad is the Deadwood Flats station and water tower. For a more in-depth look at Carroll C. Stahlís life there is a great article in the September 1966 Railroad Magazine.

On a side note, the Carroll Park and Western Railroad location and equipment were used in the 1970 movie, The Molly Maguires, starring Sean Connery, but I'll save that for another time.

With your help, Iím trying to create a site that contains information and images about the Carroll Park and Western Railroad. My goal is to preserve itís history, so it does not fade away and be forgotten, and to share it with Railfans, Historians and anyone who might have an interest.

Currently I am working on a book about the Carroll Park and Western Railroad, look for it sometime in the Fall/Winter 2015 (hopefully). In the mean time check here or on the Remember the Carroll Park and Western Railroad Facebook Group for updates and new information.




Carroll Park and Western Postcards

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Postcard
This typical western station, built from plans of Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Station at Wayne, Neb., lends atmosphere to the C.P.& W. train operations
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
Train No. 11, the Western Express, stops at Deadwood Flats Station to receive anotherload of tourists for a scenic ride over the 4-ft. gauge, Carroll Park & Western Railroad. These yellow coaches are beautiful replicas of 1860 type coashes used during the Civil War.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
COlorful No. 117, built nearly 50 years ago, by Vulcan Iron Works, Wilkes-Barre, PA., is used in regular passenger service, hauling tourists over the scenic 4-ft Gauge C.P.& W. Railroad.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
Air-Conditioned Chesapeake & Ohio kitchen car, serving delicious sandwiches and cool drinks. Get the thrill of eating in an old work train kitchen car.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
80-ton, all steel buisness car, Alice-May No. 100, formerly the Cape Charles, acquired from P.R.R. in 1960. One of the first business cars to be air-conditioned by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
Combination Coach No. 32 is a replica of an early Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad car as used during Cival War times and is used regularly on the C.P.& W. Railroad passenger trains. This car is 40' long and seats 28 people in addition to hauling mail and express. The Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad was one of the main arteries for hauling supplies for the building of the Transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
Colorful, Civil War type coaches, filled with excursionists, rumbling along C.P.& W. tracks near Cimmarron Crossing.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
Climax Locomotive No. 3 pulling train No. 6 over the trestle bridge crossing Cimmarron Creek. This creek is fed by springs making crystal clear water abounding in many kinds of fish.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Postcard
CP&W #117 at the Deadwood Flats station
WANTED


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Interior view of air-conditioned kitchen car, where delicious refreshments are available at normal cost. Originally this car was in Maintenance of Way service on the Chesapeke & Ohio Railroad in Virgina, where food was prepared in large quantities for the work crews. Due to the introduction of horseless carriages, this mode of feeding maintenance crews is almost a thing of the past. Enjoy the unique experience of eating in a railroad kitchen car.
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)








Carroll Park and Western Photos of the Grounds and Equipment

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Photo taken fron 1964 CP&W brochure.


Looking East


Looking West


waiting at the platform behind Locomotive #3
(Photo: Chet Zaremba)


CP&W Locomotive No 3 and some MOW carts


View at Carroll Park and Western Railroad - 1964
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Filling the Tender with water - 1964
(Photo: Arlen Lenker)


CP&W No 32 Combination Coach
1967
(Photo Richard Feldman)


Looking out the passenger car window
1967
(Photo Richard Feldman)


A look at the CP&W Grounds
1967
(Photo Richard Feldman)


CP&W Coach #509, ex Newfoundland RR #509
1964
(Photo North East Rails)


CP&W Coach #509, ex Newfoundland RR #509


CP&W Caboose #200 and MoW cart #303


CP&W #117 leading car #33
1968
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


View of the CP7W property and sign
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)






CP&W Locomotive #117 2-4-0

Locomotive No. 117 was orginally built as a 25 ton "tank engine" by the Vulcan Iron Works, Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1925. In the early days it saw service in the coal fileds of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co, then for the Jeddo-Highland Coal Co in Jeddo, PA. Upon arrival to the CP&W it was rebuilt and a tender was constructed for use with it.
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CP&W No 117
1967
(Photo Richard Feldman)


CP&W No 117
1967
(Photo Richard Feldman)


CP&W No 117
1967
(Photo Richard Feldman)


CP&W 2-4-0 Locomotive #117
(Photo: Chet Zaremba)


CP&W No 117 in 1969
(Collection of Andrew Hoke
photo by Spohn)


CP&W No 117 at the New Jersey Museum of Transportation's Pine Creek Railroad. - 2012
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


CP&W No 117 at the New Jersey Museum of Transportation's Pine Creek Railroad. - 2012
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)






CP&W Climax #3

Locomotive No. 3 is a Climax style locomotive driven by a gear arrangement. It was built in 1928 by the Climax Manufacturing Co., of Corry, Pa, and originally saw service for the Elk River Coal & Lumber Co, of West Virginia. It is now located at the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad in California.
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CP&W No. 3 Climax
October 21, 1963
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


CP&W Climax Locomotive No. 3
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


CP&W Locomotive No. 3 being loaded on a flat car.
(Photo from the
Pacific News July 1977)


CP&W Locomotive No. 3 loaded on a PennCentral flat car headed to it's new home.


CP&W Locomotive No. 3 loaded on a PennCentral flat car headed to it's new home.
(Photo from the
Pacific News July 1977)


Page, about the CP&W No. 3 Climax, from The Geared Locomotive Collection of ROARING CAMP AND BIG TREES NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD



CP&W No. 3 Climax
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


CP&W No. 3 Climax cab closeup
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)




Carroll Park and Western Station and Water Tower
- Present Day -

The original CP&W station and water tower still stand at their orginal location.
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Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Deadwood Flats Station - 2011
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2011)


Old CP&W Station after the 1st snow 2012.
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 12-12)


CP&W Water Tower - 2009
(Photo by Andrew Hoke - 2009)


The CP&W water tower still looks good after all these years.
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 1-14)


Deadwood Flats sign on the side of the station.
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 1-14)




Carroll Park and Western Equipment
at the Pine Creek Railroad - July 2014-

Several pieces of the Carroll Park and Western rolling stock is presently located at The New Jersey Museum of Transportation's Pine Creek Railroad in New Jersery. Below are some pictures of them I took on a visit in 2014. The No 117 Steam Locomotive was repainted in June of 2014 and is being lettered for Lehigh Valley Coal.
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CP&W No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117 now lettered for Lehigh Valley Coal.
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


Close up of the Boiler Front
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117 Tender
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 117 Tender
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W Coach No 33 wrapped with a tarp awaiting restoration.
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W Coach No 33 wrapped with a tarp awaiting restoration.
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 32 Combination partially restored
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 32 Combination partially restored
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W No 32 Combination partially restored
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W Newfoundland Coach now letteres for Canadian National #502
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


CP&W Newfoundland Coach now letteres for Canadian National #502
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)


Small info sheet about the history of No 117
(Photo by Andrew Hoke 7-14)








Carroll Park and Western Equipment
- Then and Now -


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(Top Picture - Then)
CP&W No 200 Caboose at Bloomsburg, PA(Bottom Picture - Now)
at the Red Caboose Motel, Strasburg, PA.
(April-2013)


(Top Picture - Then)
CP&W NFLD Coach at Bloomsburg, PA
(Bottom Picture - Now) at the Pine Creek Railroad, NJ
(July-2014)


(Top Picture - Then)
No 32 Combination Coach at Bloomsburg, PA
(bottom) at the Pine Creek Railroad, NJ
(July-2014)


(Top Picture - Then)
CP&W #117 at Bloomsburg, PA
(Bottom Picture - Now)at the Pine Creek Railroad, NJ
(July-2014)




Carroll Park and Western Collectibles, Memorabilia, Newspaper Clippings, Tickets...

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Carroll Park and Western Railroad Brochure form 1964. The brochure gives information about the equipment used at Carroll Park. (collection of Andrew Hoke)


Side one of CP&W Brochure
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Side two of CP&W Brochure


CP&W RR Excursion Ticket
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


You could have your mail stamped with the Deadwood Flats Postal Stamp.


Article from local newspaper


Article from the Reading Eagle Newspaper - 1973


Small 5 inch plate, made in Japan
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Paper Coaster featuring CP&W No3 Climax
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Paper Coaster featuring CP&W No3 Climax
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Medal Pin featuring CP&W No3 Climax
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Side one of 1968 CP&W Brochure
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Side two of 1968 CP&W Brochure


Small book about Logging Railroads that was available at the CP&W Gift Shop
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Article from the Reading Eagle Newspaper - Sunday, May 30, 1976
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)


Carroll Park and Western Flag
WANTED


CP&W Child Token
WANTED


CP&W Adult Token
WANTED


Photos, Slides, Postcards, Tickets, Tokens, China, Brochures, Newspaper Articles and any other Memorabilia and Information from/about the Carroll Park and Western Railroad. Please Email me at [email protected] if you have can help in my efforts.


Carroll Park and Western Flag
WANTED










The Molly Maguires - Movie


The Molly Maguires is a 1970 film based on a 1969 novel by Arthur H. Lewis that was directed by Martin Ritt. It stars Richard Harris and Sean Connery. Set in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. This drama tells the story of an undercover detective, working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency , sent to a coal mining community to expose a secret society of Irish-American miners battling exploitation at the hand of the owners. This film portrays the rebellious leader of the Molly Maguires and his will to achieve justice. The movie was filmed in Eckley and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1969. The Eckley Miners village was the back drop for a lot of the movie. The studio build a wooden coal breaker that is featured heavily in the film. The Carroll Park and Western Railroad property, Locomotive #117 and other CP&W equipment, at Bloomsburg, PA, was used in the filming of the railroad scenes for the movie. Images of No 117 and the CP&W from the movie coming soon.
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All photographs, art and maps are the property of Andrew Hoke/Berwick Railfan (2009-2015) and can not be used in any way without permission. If you would like to use any of the photographs on the Berwick Railfan Photo Gallery website, or have comments and questions please EMAIL me. Please give a photo credit and a link to the Berwick Railfan Photo Gallery for any photos used either on the internet or in print.