Wendy Royal Fall 2023
The rich history of the railroad in Pennsylvania can’t be denied. Trains fueled the Industrial Revolution, and the commonwealth was a giant. Whether it involved carving their way through mountains or building huge spans connecting gorges, nothing would stop the progress that railroads brought to this country. Thanks to preservation efforts, we can reconnect with the early days of railroading throughout Pennsylvania.
Historic railroads in Pennsylvania not only offer this glimpse into the past but provide a unique opportunity to view the beauty of fall on board a piece of American history.
Allentown & Auburn Railroad
232 Railroad St., Kutztown
Experience the beautiful autumn colors of the Kutztown countryside aboard the Allentown and Auburn Railroad’s Pumpkin Trains. Each trip includes a stop at our picnic grove for each passenger to pick a pumpkin as well as a treat for each child.
Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society
320 W. High St., Bellefonte
They are working diligently to get the train rides back on schedule for the Christmas season. Check website for updates.
64 S. Washington St., Boyertown
The Colebrookdale Railroad has several themed train excursions this fall including Autumn Splendor Fall Foliage 90-minute train ride through the spectacular fall foliage.
Everett Railroad Company
224 Loop Road, Hollidaysburg
The Everett Railroad Company host Family Train Rides from March through October. The Pumpkin Patch Train weekends in October and four Autumn Adventure Rides also in October.
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
1 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe
Hop on board the spectacular Autumn Leaf trains from September 30 through November 5. The excursions take 45 minutes round trip.
Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village
1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville
In addition to the Fall Foliage Excursions the last two weekends in October, Pumpkin Patch excursions will take place on Oct 7-8, and will host WWI Encampment Days on October 14-15
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad
136 Brown St., Middletown
Regular train rides available from Memorial Day Weekend through October. Pumpkin Patch Express on October 14-15, and 21-22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both weekends.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 W. Bridge St., New Hope
In addition to the Traditional Excursions, Fall Excursions run from September 30 through November 4 and the Trick or Treat Excursions run from September 30 – October 31.
Northern Central Railroad
2 W. Main St., New Freedom
nortcentralrailroad.com | 717-942-2370
The railroad offers excursions throughout the year. Fall themed excursions include Fall Foliage rides throughout October, PA Cowboy Weekends, Ghost Tracks and Campfire Frights October 21 and 28, and Halloween Express Rides on October 28th.
This 3-hour round trip is as rich with scenic beauty as it is history. Journey through the “valley that changed the world.” Regular train rides, Fall foliage, as well as other themed rides and Murder Mystery excursions available. Book early, rides sell out fast.
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train
19th Street & Oak Street, Ashland
Discover the rich anthracite coal history of Ashland on the coal mine tour then climb aboard the Henry Clay steam train and take a scenic train ride around the Mahanoy Mountain.
Harrisburg Lincoln and Lancaster Railroad
Star Barn at Stone Gables Estate
1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown
Steamtown National Historic Site
350 Cliff St., Scranton
The park is open year-round with free admission. Upon arrival check-in at the visitors center to find out what program is scheduled for that day. There is a fee for short train rides and excursions.
21 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Stewartstown
Throughout the fall you can experience closed and open-air cars, including the Pumpkin Patch Express, Villains Express and Halloween Costume Special in October with the Fall Foliage running on November 4.
The Stourbridge Line
812 Main St., Honesdale
Throughout the fall the Stourbridge Line offers many opportunities to experience the beauty of the Poconos including the Pocono Foliage Express excursions throughout the month of October and the Autumn Dinner trains in October and November. There is also a 2-hour Pumpkin Patch Express weekends in October that the kids will love.
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road, Ronks
When you visit America’s oldest operating railroad, you can expect an authentic experience of a real steam railroad. The locomotives and passenger cars, (known as “rolling stock”) are not replicas, and our staff members are not reenactors. Your ticket entitles you to a 45-minute, round-trip ride through the tranquil Amish countryside to Paradise, PA and back. Some of the special fall events include The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow: Not Everything Dies from October 6 through November 5 and the Murder Mystery train rides, from October 1 through November 12.
42 Community Center Dr., Kempton
Several special events are planned throughout the fall including the All Aboard the Apple Pickin’ Train excursion, on October 7-8 with a stop at County Line Orchard, Oktoberfest Beer & Bratwurst ride on October 14, and the popular Pumpkin Patch train on the last 2 weekends in October.
West Chester Railroad
230 E. Market St., West Chester
https://wcrailroad.com | 610-430-2233
The 90-minute round-trip run from West Chester to Glen Mills includes a 20-minute stop at the historic Glen Mills train station. Fall Foliage Express trains will run October 1, 8, 15, 21, 22 and November 5. The Halloween Special will run on October 28 and 29.
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