Most people know of Jim Thorpe as something a train town. When autumn arrives, interest is especially high in the many train excursions that are available through the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, run by the Reading Northern Company.
Photo by Dennis Livesey
One of the legendary rides is the Hometown High Bridge excursion, which leaves the downtown Jim Thorpe rail station / visitors center. The bridge was built in 1881 and is 156 feet high, 20 feet higher than the Brooklyn Bridge. Passengers hear stories about the town of Jim Thorpe and local railroading, while various sites along the trip are pointed out and described.
The train pulls either red standard passenger cars built between 1917 and 1920, or blue standard passenger cars constructed in the early 1930s by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation for the Reading Company.
The LSGRY is running the High Bridge trains on October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 10:30am and 1:20pm. Tickets are available outside the train station beginning at 9:00am on those days.Train rides to Hometown High Bridge are approximately 2 – 1/2 hours. Adults: $20. Children (3-12 years): $12. Children under 3 receive ride free.
Due to the popularity of train rides in October, the LSGRY doesn’t offer advance ticket sales or group discounts during this month. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available for purchase at the Train Station ticket booth on the day you want to ride. Each train can holds a lot of riders, but arriving early will improve your chances of getting onboard greatly.
Contact the Lehigh Scenic Gorge Railway at 570-325-8485 or visit their website at http://www.lgsry.com
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The Reading and Northern Railroad is gearing up for another great passenger season.
The 2010 passenger season kicks off with a steam excursion behind No. 425 from Tunkhannock to Jim Thorpe on May 15, 2010. As in the past two years, this trip will be sponsored by the Wyoming County United Way as a fundraiser for the organization.
The train departs from Riverside Park in Tunkhannock at 9:00AM.
Passengers have three hours to tour, dine, and shop in historic Jim Thorpe, PA. The train will arrive back in Tunkhannock sometime around 8:00PM.
This is also the weekend of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration, so there will be extra festivities going on throughout town! You can visit the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce website for more information about the weekend’s events.
All tickets for this excursion are sold by the Wyoming County United Way. Please visit their website or call 570-836-1661 for more information or to purchase tickets.
On another note, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway and Reading & Northern Railroad Passenger Department are now on Facebook. We will be posting schedule and ticket status updates, news coverage, and everything else related to our train rides. Check them out and become a fan!
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