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2022 Anthracite Railroad Ramble

July 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Train Rides Pennsylvania

The National Museum of Industrial History is proud to work with the Reading & Northern Railroad to host this special train ride on Friday, July 29, 2022. The day-long trip will depart Outer Station in Reading, PA, at 9 AM, with guests riding aboard a pair of open window Budd RDCs (self-propelled Rail Diesel Cars). The train will have three scheduled stops: Tremont, Minersville, and Port Clinton, PA. This will be the first passenger excursion to Tremont, PA in over two decades. In addition to photo run-bys in the median of Cres Street, the Anthracite Mine Rescue Station will host tours of their facility and rescue truck. Visitors will learn how skilled personnel prepare for underground coal mine rescues and witness demonstrations of the gear that helps save lives.

Early afternoon will feature a lunch stop in Minersville, PA. Guests are welcome to detrain and enjoy an ethnic buffet style lunch at the train station or a meal at the historic Washington Hotel. The train station lunch will feature local favorites such as Halushki and Pierogi, with the backdrop of Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 steam locomotive Number 113. The Historic Washington Hotel will be open special hours for lunch and will host a pop-up display from the Minersville Historical Society. Both lunch options are $15 per person.

Another highlight will be a stop at Port Clinton, PA for a tour of the Reading & Northern Railroad steam shop. Attendees will get an up-close look at recently restored steam locomotive 2102. This 4-8-4 type locomotive weighs 441,300 pounds and was built to operate in the anthracite region served by the Reading Company.

Guests can bring their own lunch or RSVP (online when purchasing your tickets, no later than two weeks ahead of the trip) to enjoy the meal at the train station or hotel. Light snacks and drinks will also be available for sale on the train. Seating is limited and expected to sell out. Guests must arrange their own transportation to and from Outer Station, Reading, PA (3501 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA). Sales stop one week ahead of the trip. All tickets must be purchased in advance on a first come first served basis. Seating is limited. No sales day of the trip. The railroad reserves the right to substitute motive power as conditions require. Itinerary subject to change.


$112 for NMIH Members (optional lunch is additional $15)

$125 for Non-Members (optional lunch is additional $15)




July 29, 2022
9:00 am - 6:00 pm