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Reading & Northern Railroad announces excursion schedule

The Reading & Northern Railroad will continue the tradition of Iron Horse Ramble excursions in the summer of 2024.

These excursions will feature one of the largest operating steam locomotives on the east coast, 4-8-4 T-1 class #2102, built in 1945 in nearby Reading.

Passenger Department Senior VP/General Manager Matt Fisher, states, “We listened to feedback from our loyal passengers and fans and decided to carry on with these great steam excursions. One of the Rambles will be over the familiar Reading-to-Jim Thorpe route; but the other two will be to exciting new destinations never before visited by the #2102.”

Tickets for these steam excursions which will take place on May 25, June 22, and Aug. 17, are on sale now by phone at 610-562-2102, or online at www.rbmnrr-passenger.com.

The first Iron Horse Ramble on May 25, will operate from Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe. The train will depart at 9 a.m., make a station stop at Port Clinton, and continue to Jim Thorpe; where passengers will have over four hours to explore the town, take photographs of the #2102, meet the crew, and experience a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The train will return to Reading Outer Station in the evening.

The second and third Iron Horse Rambles will feature the #2102 operating over the entire length of the railroad’s Lehigh Division Main Line.

On June 22, 2024, #2102 will power the very first steam passenger excursion from the Nesquehoning Campus to Tunkhannock, for the town’s 43rd Annual Founder’s Day Festival.

Departure will be at 9 a.m. and passengers will receive ample time to enjoy the festival before returning to Nesquehoning in the evening.

The third Iron Horse Ramble will operate on Aug. 17, from Nesquehoning to Pittston, for the annual Tomato Festival.

The Reading & Northern Railroad will begin its 2024 regular season excursions to Jim Thorpe on April 6, which will continue weekends through Sept. 29. Fall Foliage trains, which will begin in October and extend through the first weekend in November, will be announced at a later date. The regular season will resume Nov. 9 and continue through Dec. 29.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.RBMNRR-passenger.com or by calling the office at 610-562-2102.

Reading & Northern Railroad, with its corporate headquarters in Port Clinton, is a privately held railroad company serving over 80 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties (Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Wyoming). It has expanded its operations over the last 40 years; and now handles nearly 40,000 carloads of freight (which removes over 200,000 trucks from the highway), while its Passenger Department handles 300,000 riders annually. Reading & Northern operates its freight and steam- and diesel-powered passenger excursions over 400 miles of track, owns almost 1,800 freight cars, and employs over 350 dedicated people. Reading & Northern has been repeatedly honored as one of the premier railroads in the nation, including being named Regional Railroad of the Year in 2020 by Railway Age magazine.