National Museum of Industrial History partners with Reading & Northern Railroad for unique rail excursion

The National Museum of Industrial History is partnering with the Reading & Northern Railroad to host a special excursion Friday, July 29, 2022. The day-long trip will depart Outer Station in Muhlenberg Township 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. This will be the first passenger excursion to Tremont 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.

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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. Guests can 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.

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

Tickets can be found at 2022 Anthracite Railroad Ramble – National Museum of Industrial History (nmih.org)

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