Tour of American Car and Foundry and Bowser Manufacturing

American Car and Foundry Manufacturing Floor

To kick off the convention on Thursday, October 12th there will be a day long bus tour to American Car and Foundry in Milton and Bowser Manufacturing in Mountoursville. As an added bonus our lunch stop will be the Front Street Station Restaurant in Northumberland.

We will depart the hotel at 8 a.m. on an executive coach to American Car and Foundry(ACF). Seating is limited to one bus load. So register early to assure yourself of a seat. There will be a waiting list in case someone cancels. ACF Industries LLC originally known as The American Car and Foundry Company was formed in 1899. ACF Industries LLC is a leader in the manufacture and fabrication of specialty railcar parts and miscellaneous steel products. While the Company’s primary purpose is to compliment the new car and car repair market, it also provides manufacturing support to other manufacturers of steel products.

Following our tour at ACF we will be driven to the historic Front Street Station for a lunch buffet. Construction began on this building in 1908. At the same time PRR’s Northumberland classification yard was expanded making it the fifth largest such railroad yard in the United States at the time. In 1910 the station was completed, opening the way for a flourishing Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train service that brought 18 trains to town each day. One of these trains was The Susquehannock. The station closed in 1958 and remained closed until 1981 at which time it was restored as a restaurant. Front Street Station Restaurant opened for business on August 1, 1983.

American Car and Foundry Manufacturing Floor

After lunch we will board the bus for our trip to Mountoursville to visit Bowser Manufacturing. The company was founded in 1948 by Bill Bowser in California. Since 1961 it has been owned by the Lewis English family. The company produces model railroad locomotives, railroad cars, kits and a wide selection of parts directed at the more serious model railroad enthusiast. Bowser’s significance for the model railroad community lies not only in the products that Bowser itself originated, but also in those originally produced by other companies. The latter includes products originally made by Penn Line Manufacturing, Varney, Cary, and Pittman motors.
Prior to returning to the hotel there will be time available for those who desire to browse through English’s Model Railroad Supply.

For more information contact Dan Horting at tours@mer2017.org.