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Pocono Biking is eager to announce a partnership with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that will bring a one-of-a-kind Rail-Trail Bike and Train Ride to the historic town of Jim Thorpe.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAI hope you are as excited as we are about this unique program. We strongly feel this new event will help draw more visitors to area and become an annual affair.

Here are the details:

On June 7th & 8th, it’s all aboard the scenic bike train! Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail.

Your day begins in Jim Thorpe where you & your bike will board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a one hour ride as the train swings onto the former Lehigh Valley main line and passes Glen Onoko, the southern gateway to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAWhile you sit back, relax and take in the outstanding scenery, the train will  follow the winding Lehigh River for 25 miles, rounding curve after curve until you reach the village of White Haven. Here you and your bike will be dropped  off at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead.

Once at the trailhead, pedal at your own pace down the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail for 25 miles back to Jim Thorpe. Along the way, you’ll pass canal remnants, swim spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. Remember your camera. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities.

There are two convenient arrival times to choose from – 10am and 2pm.  If you don’t have a bike, no worries – you can rent one here in Jim Thorpe.

Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $19.99/Adult, $9.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Train Ride/Shuttle & Rental Rates:  $39.99/Adult, $34.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Advance tickets/reservations are required and  can be made by calling Pocono Biking at: 570-325-3654

Please do not hesitate to call me directly at 570.732.0690 should you have any questions about this event.  We will have promotional materials for this event  shortly and hope you will help us spread the word about the Pocono Bike & Train!

Sincerely,

Nikki Hurley,

Director of Marketing

Pocono Biking

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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.

 

Hometown High Bridge Excusrsion

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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