St. Marys, PA, September 20, 2017: All aboard! The Bucksgahuda and Western, a local two-foot gage railroad and museum, was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF). Grant monies will be used towards a new shop/storage addition to house and work on the preservation of their collection. Members of the next generation of the Bauer family are shown accepting a grant check from Paula Fritz Eddy, the Foundation’s Director.
The local railroad has been in operation since 1966 when the Bauer brothers purchased a German-built steam locomotive through an advertisement in Trains magazine, and shipped the engine from Germany through Philadelphia to St. Marys. Their children, family members and friends are continuing the tradition and now number twenty active personnel and another ten who help occasionally. The railroad is enjoyed by many area residents, children’s groups and organizations.
The Elk County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen our region through development, stewardship and grant making as it works with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information contact ECCF at 834-2125, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.elkcountyfoundation.com.