Scenic Train Rides in the Poconos Mountains - HolidayKeepers

Scenic Train Rides in the Poconos Mountains

The vibrant colors of autumn foliage can be enjoyed the best with scenic train rides across the spectacular spectrum of color-changing leaves all over the region. Scenic train rides are one of the best things to do in the Poconos during fall and continue to delight visitors every year.

Rail Lines in Poconos hold an enormous part in history and have a solid link to the changes and development of the region, dating back to the 1800s, long before the civil war and the industrial revolution. The railroads in the Poconos were part of the change in the new nation frontier. Scenic train rides in Poconos are a great way to have a great view of the natural beauty of Poconos while also experiencing and learning about the rich history of Poconos.

Most of the scenic rides in Poconos are slow – so relax and enjoy your time with a spectacular view in front of your eyes. There is no better time to experience the beauty of the Poconos than in the fall, with the leaves turning red and putting on a beautiful show of changing colors that pops up on the blue sky background.

Scenic Train Rides in the Poconos Mountains

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

  • Address: One Susquehanna St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States

  • Routes: Lehigh River, Glen Onoko, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and final destination to Old Penn Haven.

  • Travel time: 11 am – 4.30 pm

  • Duration: 70 minutes

  • Distance: Around 16 mile round trip

  • Recommended season: Fall – sightseeing

  • Parking: Available

  • Policy: No smoking/alcohol, Dogs are allowed but on the leash, ADA compliant

  • Cost: Standard coach cost – $17 for adults | $9 for children (aged 3-12) & Open air coach – $19 for adults | $10 for children (aged 3-12)

Amenities:

  1. Visitor’s information center

  2. Restrooms

  3. Display center

  4. Instructors in the train

  5. Most of the trains are diesel-powered

  6. Handicap access is available

What to expect: 

  1. Fall: You get to witness a spectacular change in the color of the leaves on the trees.

  2. Winter; Since there are no leaves on the trees, you will be able to see the Lehigh River and old remnants of canal locks.

  3. Spring: During the spring, as the trees start blooming, it is pretty colorful

  4. Summer: You will be able to spot many animals, especially in the early morning and later in the afternoon.

History:

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is the sister company of the Reading and Northern Railroad. Starting its operations in 1985, the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad ran over a short track in Berks County. After 20 years, the railway track attracted more tracks, expanding the operations. Today, the railway operates in the historic town of Jim Thorpe, PA, during weekends, holidays, and selective weekdays throughout the year. Some of the memorable trips throughout the year include Autumn Lead Excursions that start from Reading Outer Station, Tamaqua Station, and Port Clinton Station, where you get to see many places and information about the communities on the way. You get to learn about the coal mining operation with the help of railroads that were carried out in the early 1800s.

Different train rides 

  1. Open-air car: Here, passengers face the window, enjoying the view outside. The pets and people can move and stand along the sides of the open-air car and enjoy the cool breeze.

  2. Standard coach: The standard coaches at Lehigh Gorge railway station were built in 1932. The interiors of the coaches are renovated but still have hints of vintage style. The coaches feature windows, comfortable seats, and restrooms for the passengers.

  3. Crown-class seating: This coach is premium to the standard coach. It is a lot more spacious and comfortable for the passengers. The seats are cushiony, have better restrooms, and are heated during cooler weather.

  4. The first class dome car: This observatory dome car offers the most scenic view of the Poconos from the top and sides. The coaches have a fully-controlled air conditioning/heating system and clean restrooms for the passengers.

  5. Gondola car “Ride and Bike”: For those looking for a bit of adventure, you can choose an open-air ride and load your bike on the train to Old Penn Haven. You will have to bike 8 miles back to Jim Thorpe. The option is available between May and September.

Note: Clean restrooms are available for all the rides and are not compromised on the option selected.

Packages (group discounts): Group discounts are available for the passengers under certain conditions

  • The tickets need to be availed in advance. Immediate tickets do not attract group discounts.

  • A discount can be availed for check payments if the booking is made at least two weeks in advance.

  • No group discounts are available for October.

The Stourbridge Line Train Excursions

  • Address: 812 Main St Honesdale, PA 18431, United States

  • Routes: Journey along the Lackawaxen River in the Northern Pocono Mountains

  • Travel time: 12 pm to 4 pm

  • Duration: 1.5 hours to 3 hours (Depending on the package you choose)

  • Distance: 25-mile ride

  • Recommended season: Fall – sightseeing

  • Parking: Available

  • Policy: No smoking/alcohol, Only service animals, ADA compliant

  • Cost: Standard coach cost – $17 for adults | $9 for children (aged 3-12) & Open air coach – $20 for adults | $10 for children (aged 3-12)

Amenities:

  1. Restrooms

  2. Shops and restaurants

  3. Instructors/conductors in the train

  4. Most of the trains are diesel-powered

  5. Handicap access is available

  6. Wild animals

What to expect: 

This trip would help you get a beautiful glimpse of Pennsylvania’s fall foliage. The train rides through the beautiful Poconos location and brings in some beautiful winter colors. There are many rides and choices available, depending on the places and experiences you wish for.

History:

The Stourbridge Lion was initially started to carry the coal mines from Pennsylvania to New York City by the Delaware and Hudson Canal company. The operations were initiated in the July of 1829. The trial run took place on the 8th of August, 1829.

Different train rides 

  1. Pocono Express: This 1,5-hour round trip starts from Homesdale and takes the passenger to Hawley. It is one of the best trips to experience the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains. You can immediately book (based on the availability) and get instant confirmation.

  2. Ice Cream Express: It is a great ride for kids and takes around 2.5 hours to depart from Honesdale. It starts on June 24th and happens only on Fridays. It is recommended to pre-purchase the ticket.

  3. Farmers Market Explorer: Every Friday, it departs the Holmesdale station at 1 pm. The total round trip is 3 hours 30 minutes. You can get out of the train and stroll in Bingham Park to the farmers’ market and find local produce. The train then departs from Homesdale at 3.30 pm, which gives passengers 2 hours to go around Honesdale.

  4. Honesdale Explorer: You can extend your ride along the Lackawaxen River to Historic Honesdale. The passengers get 1.5 hours to go around the historic Honesdale and return to the Hawley station by 3 pm.

  5. Northern Pocono Mountains

  6. Pumpkin Patch Express: Takes for a ride to a pumpkin patch where you can collect pumpkins and enjoy the autumn foliage.

Packages (group discounts): Group discounts are available for the passengers under certain conditions

  • Season pass special, which ensures unlimited rides on regular trains for 12 months

  • 20% discount on unique train rides.

No.9 Coal Mine and Museum

  • Address: 9 Dock st, Landford, PA 18232, United States

  • Routes: No.9 mine

  • Travel time: Mine tours from 11 am – 3 pm

  • Duration: 1-2 hours

  • Distance: 1,600 feet train ride

  • Recommended season: April – November

  • Parking: Available

  • Policy: No smoking/alcohol

  • Cost: Standard cost – $12 for adults | $9 for children (aged 4-12) & Group – $10 for adults | $8 (aged 4-12)

Amenities:

  1. 57-minute documentary

  2. Largest mining artifacts

  3. Gift shop

  4. Tour guides

What to expect: 

An educational experience: The place is a landmark of the industrial change in the area and also marked as an educational resource for those who are curious about mining. You will also find a gift shop with numerous artifacts, from signs to the tools used by the miners.

You can enjoy a short walk in the railroad boarding shed, where you can take a quick tour of the mine on the small yellow mine cars and come across “Wash Shanty.” The cars take the visitors deep in the 1,600-foot ride in and around the mine. Inside, the guests will be expected to go on a 600 foot walking tour, where you will observe a 900 feet shaft, an underground mine hospital, and random displays of miners’ tools here and there during the trip. What’s shocking is that most of the artifacts used back in the day are still there and in good condition.

The guides will inform you about the life of the miners day in and day out and the conditions in which they used to work. The best part is that temperatures under the mine remain 50 degrees year long.

History: 

No. 9 coal mine was inaugurated in 1855 but was put in operation by 1972. It is the longest operating coal mine. It was abandoned for two decades before being bought by Panther Creek Valley Foundation in 1992 and the mines were restored for tours in 2002. You will get access to Landford, Coaldale and Summit Hill and find traces of the mining done back in the day – from churches to miners memorial park with coalfield railroads that rumble across the valley nearby.

Notable attractions

  • Number 8 breaker: An important step that would help convert coal into a usable item.

  • Collection of jewelry and other things that were made from coal.

  • While walking around the museum, the visitors will be offered a hard hat and a coat.

  • The ride shall be flat yet bumpy.

Soarin Eagle Rail Tours

  • Address: 4 Columbus Ave, Hawley, PA 18428, United States

  • Routes: Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley

  • Travel time: 10-11 pm to 4-6 pm

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Distance: 6 miles/adventure

  • Recommended season: Fall – sightseeing

  • Parking: Available

  • Policy: No smoking/alcohol, no pets, no sandals or flats, no skirts, no music

  • Cost: Starts $85 – $100 for Tandem Bike | $150-$175 for Quad Bike

What to expect:

This is a unique kind of rail tour, which includes only rail biking trips that allows you to pedal down on your own over the historic railroad. You can enjoy the beautiful views around – the charms of Hawley and the scenic view of the Wallenpaupack River. The visitors get to choose between Tandems and guards according to their group for the best experience with their close ones. The adventure is approximately 6 miles long and takes around 2 hours. The visitors are most likely to come across wildlife near clean water and rich habitat of the place with incredible birds that you can see in person.

All the visitors shall leave the place at the same time, but further, they will be spread out to separate tracks to discover the place at their own pace and space.

Different train rides

  1. Eastbound Trail: The tour starts by heading east from the Hawley station through an old train yard in Hawley, towards the scenic Lackawaxen River. The tour is over 6 miles and offers lush scenic views and historic remains. You can come across some moderate to average elevations.

  2. Movie tour: The rail bikes head to the west, towards Mills Farm. You can sit there are relax as you enjoy the play. The tour is around 6.2 miles and can take 4 hours. As it gets dark, the light in front of the railbikes is turned on, which helps the visitors to navigate.

  3. Pumpkin Patch: This rail bike package heads towards Nills Farm, where the visitors can collect pumpkins, which are also included in the ticket price. It is around 6.2 miles, with a duration of 2.5 hours.

  4. Sunset tour: Enjoy the sunset at Lackawaxen River. The tour is 6 miles with an allowed duration of 2 hours.

Explore Poconos in all its glory with varied scenic and adventurous railway tours that are relaxing and educational and carry substantial historical significance.

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