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.
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.
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)