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New Passenger Train Excursions from Pittston to Jim Thorpe

Reading & Northern Railroad announce ticket sales

March 1, 2023 - Port Clinton, PA - Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (RBMN), Pennsylvania's largest privately owned railroad, is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its new regular weekend passenger rail excursions from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Regional Railroad Station at Pittston, PA to Jim Thorpe, PA, and return. Tickets will sell quickly and are available on a first come, first served basis.

The very first excursion is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2023, featuring the railroad's popular streamlined F-unit diesel locomotives, #270 and #275. These engines will pull a special full-length passenger train consisting of the following seating options available to purchase:

  • Standard Coach ($49.00 round trip from Pittston, Penobscot, or White Haven)

  • Crown Class Coach ($55.00 round trip - available at Pittston only)

From May 28 to September 24, regular weekend excursions from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Regional Railroad Station at Pittston to Jim Thorpe are led by diesel-powered locomotives. For these trips, passengers are provided with special options such as the ability to ride in RBMN's Crown Class Coaches and access to a dining car. The trains will make additional stops at Penobscot and White Haven. Tickets from May 28 to September 24 also go on sale Wednesday. Pricing will be as follows:

  • $39.00 round trip from Pittston

  • $36.00 round trip from Penobscot

  • $29.00 round trip from White Haven

Passengers will enjoy their train ride like celebrities from the bygone era of streamline rail travel. In Crown Class accommodations, passengers will enjoy large reclining fabric seats in restored six axle coaches. Clean restrooms are available in each Crown Class coach. All windows in the coaches open and shut.

During the excursion, guests can also spend time in one of the railroad's notable dining cars which was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's movie North by Northwest. While riding in the dining car, snacks are available to purchase with cash. However, food and non-alcoholic drink can be brought on board for the entire trip.

All excursions include free parking at every station, live narration, and interaction with friendly staff dressed from the rail travel period of the 1920s to 1950s. Guests will spend approximately four hours in downtown Jim Thorpe only steps away from many attractions on Broadway and Race Street. Full schedules, more information, and tickets can be found at or by calling the railroad's passenger office at (610) 562-2102.

Reading & Northern Railroad, with its corporate headquarters in Port Clinton, is a privately held railroad company serving over 70 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties (Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schulkill, and Wyoming). It has expanded its operations over the last 40 years and now handles over 34,000 carloads of freight and 250,000 excursion riders annually over 400 miles of track. Reading & Northern operates both freight services and steam- and diesel-powered excursion passenger services, owns over 1,700 freight cars, and employs nearly 300 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.


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