Train Trips in Pennsylvania

Train Trips in Pennsylvania
Trains rides offer a great sense of nostalgia, whether out of childhood association or historical reverence, to those who choose to ride them. Pennsylvania's rich past and abundant natural beauty make train trips a popular attraction within the state. Often accompanied with historical value, train rides can entertain, educate and appeal to patrons of all ages.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is based in Jim Thorpe, part of eastern Pennsylvania's Carbon County. The round-trip, hour-long experience covers 16 miles and offers views of the Lehigh River Bridge, Glen Onoko, vast spans of minimally-touched Pennsylvania forest, and quaint, old-world towns. The railway runs weekends from May through November and features a Santa Claus train from the weekend after Thanksgiving until the weekend before Christmas.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
P.O. Box 91
Jim Thorpe, PA 18220


Running since 1963, the Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern, Inc. line, better known as WK&S and
also known as the Hawk Mountain Line, operates May through December and tours through eastern Pennsylvania's Berks County. Trains run on a select schedule based by the month (more information is available at the line's website, listed in the resources), and the line features a Santa train during the holiday season. The line offers car charters and rentals, as well as group rates for parties of 20 or more.

WK&S, Inc.
42 Community Center Drive
P.O. Box 24
Kempton, PA 19529

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad covers the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. Its restored 1920s train starts in New Hope and covers parts of Bucks County. New Hope & Ivyland appeals to the classic film buff, as the line was featured in the 1914 movie series Perils of Pauline. The railroad also offers North Pole Express train rides during the holiday season. Tickets are available online through the organization's website listed in the resources.

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 West Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

Located in Titusville, PA, the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad courses through northwestern Pennsylvania's Oil Creek State Park for a two and a half hour journey. The railroad offers murder mystery dinner trips, full car and train rentals, as well as discounted rates for groups of 20 or more. Reservations, even for single individuals, are encouraged.

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
7 Elm Street
Oil City, PA 16301

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train

The Ashland-based Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train gives riders a quick glance into central Pennsylvania's strip mining history. The three-quarter mile trek runs for 30 minutes and also features appearances by the Centralia mine fire---a fire that has burned since 1962 and forced many residents to relocate---and bootleg coal holes.

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train
Ashland Community Enterprises
19th & Oak Sts.
Ashland, PA 17921

Bellefonte Historical Railroad

Operated by Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society, the Bellefonte Historical Railroad traverses a 60 mile course through central Pennsylvania. The railroad and society are non-profit entities and continue to exist through ticket sales, donations, and volunteer efforts. The museum, located in a restored 1888 station, gives insight into the storied past of this railroad.

Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society
Bellefonte Train Station
320 West High Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Article Written By Katie Strzeszewski

Katie Strzeszewski has been writing professionally since 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and English secondary education from York College of Pennsylvania. Strzeszewski spent two years performing computer repair for Geek Squad, currently works for men's clothier Paul Fredrick and is also a competitive West Coast Swing and Hustle dancer.

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