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Perry County Business Lets Off Steam

Perry County Business Lets Off Steam

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  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
  • Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:35:19 GMT
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
"A dream of mine is to keep the live steam hobby going, just keep it growing," said Wayne Godshall, pushing his latest creation out into the sunshine from his custom machine shop near Shermans Dale, Perry County.

And, based on the demand for his products, Godshall's dream is coming true.

"The more stuff we're getting out the door, the more stuff seems to be coming in the door," said Godshall. "so, it's working real well for us."

From front to back and everything in between, this live steam hobby version of the real Union Pacific Challenger engine and tender car took Godshall and his co-workers three years and ten months to complete.

"They are not toys. They are real," Godshall added, pointing out the boiler flame visible in the engine's cab. It's a true steam engine scaled down to hobby size.

"As much stuff as we could make work on this engine, works," he said.

The Challenger unit marks the 259th project to roll out of Godshall's five thousand square foot machine shop. It's a small business meeting a growing demand.

Gesturing to several steam engines of various size and age, Godshall noted:

"Not including repair, there are 17 engines under construction in here right now."

For the do-it-yourself hobbyist, Godshall and his crew also manufacture steam engine kits and replacement parts. His hobby steam engines can be found all over the country and very often he can be found on them, either demonstrating or training.

"You don't just get in and pull the throttle and go," he said, adjusting a pressure valve in the engine cab. "You have to know what you're doing to run them."

One of his favorite parts of the hobby is getting to travel to warmer climates during winter to show off his master pieces.

"You can be a snowbird and take your train and go south for the winter," he said with a grin. "And it's fun."

Another highlight of his demonstrations is watching the reaction from those seeing such detailed model trains for the first time.

"The kids point and their mouths drop open," he said. "And ,usually, a lot of the parents go, 'Oh my God! Is it real? and I say, 'Yeah, it's real."
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