All aboard! The railroad history of Pennsylvania and Delaware is arguably the richest in the country. Trains made the industrial growth
– and passenger travel – possible across a wide state, and played a major role in westward expansion. County Travel DISCOVERIES, in partnership with
White River Productions, offer this unique opportunity to explore some of the best tourist railroads of the Keystone State and the
First State. Whether you are interested in going behind-the-scenes on a steam shop tour, kicking back and enjoying the ride, or getting some of the
best night shots around – this tour is for you! The itinerary was specifically designed by ‘railfans’ just for ‘railfans’. It gets even better with all events hosted by Steve Barry and Otto Vondrak, Editors of Railfan & Railroad Magazine.
- Enjoy an exclusive behind-thescenes tour of Strasburg Rail Road’s mechanical shop
- View more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
- Participate in three night photo shoots with the editors of Railfan & Railroad Magazine at Strasburg, Allentown & Auburn, and Steam into History
- Visit the restored Harris Switch Tower Museum and learn how signals and switches controlled train traffic
- Ride on one of the Allentown & Auburn’s most unique historical pieces of equipment, the Pennsy Doodlebug
- See the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River
- Take a memorable ride on the Wilmington & Western, Delaware’s only excursion train
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
DAY 1–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019: Our adventures exploring the various tourist railroads of Eastern Pennsylvania begins tonight with a welcome dessert reception at the Courtyard Philadelphia Airport, where you will get to meet our hosts – Steve and Otto – and our fellow travelers.
DAY 2–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019: The morning begins at the Strasburg Rail Road, where you will experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes guided tour of the railroad’s mechanical shop; this is where trains are built and refurbished. Next, we ride the rails aboard an authentically restored and maintained steam train that travels to Paradise, PA and back (45-minute ride). Get your cameras fired up because we will also stick around Strasburg to take some photos as their next train pulls out, too! Lunch is an included all-you-can-eat buffet at Miller’s Smorgasbord, a homey Pennsylvania Dutch eatery. From there, we are off to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which features a historic collection of more than 100 locomotives and rail cars on display. This evening, we can take you to our hotel, or you may participate in a night photo shoot in Strasburg exclusively for tour participants. B, L
DAY 3–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019: We’ll spend the entire day at the Allentown & Auburn Railroad, a route that can trace its beginnings back to 1853. Originally planned to be a direct connection to the rich coal fields of Eastern Pennsylvania, it was never fully completed and later became a rather inconsequential branch of the mighty Reading Railroad. The Allentown & Auburn currently operates a four-mile scenic line from Topton to Kutztown. We’ll enjoy beautiful Pennsylvania farm landscapes from our twohour-long morning charter aboard a ‘mixed train’, which features both passenger and freight equipment. Lunch is served at the charming depot in Kutztown. In the afternoon, we spend three hours riding one of the Allentown & Auburn’s most unique historic pieces of equipment, the 1930 “Doodlebug,” one of a handful of Brill gas-electric cars left in existence! After dinner on your own, we can participate in a night photo shoot featuring some of the museum’s best equipment pieces, once again led by Steve and Otto. B, L
DAY 4–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019: No railfan tour of Eastern Pennsylvania would be complete without a visit to the Harris Switch Tower Museum, located in the state’s capital. The retired control tower was purchased by the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1992 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The restored second floor contains the tower’s interlocking machine; its 113 levers were used to control all of the switches and signals in the tower’s territory. After lunch at the historic Glen Rock Mill Inn, we’re off to Steam into History, a Civil War themed heritage railroad based in New Freedom. The train follows the same route that the Union Troops took and gives a history lesson unlike what you’ve ever been taught. There will be plenty of time to ride and take photos of their 1860s steam train as the railroad has been chartered for our group’s exclusive use. In the evening, you have the option of going to our hotel, or you may stay to participate in a night photo shoot session with Steve and Otto. B, L, D
DAY 5–SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019: Our day begins with a scenic stop at Conowingo Dam, a large hydroelectric dam on the lower Susquehanna River. From there, we’re off to our last stop of the tour, the Wilmington & Western Railroad. Dating back to the early 1870s, the railroad was used to move goods and passengers through the Red Clay Valley. The Wilmington & Western’s 10-miles of track wind through some of the prettiest scenery in the tri-state area. As we sit back for a two-hour trip on this former Baltimore & Ohio branch, we’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of Delaware’s only excursion train. Head back to Philadelphia Airport mesmerized after riding some of the premiere tourist trains of the East! B, Box L
September 11-15, 2019
Price Per Person*:
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night
*Due to special group pricing, this tour is not eligible for any discounts.
Highs around 80 degrees; Lows in the mid-60’s
Schedule flights into Philadelphia by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Scheduled flights out of Philadelphia after 5:30 p.m. on Day 5.
Courtyard Philadelphia Airport offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.
Free parking is offered during the tour at the Courtyard Philadelphia Airport.
Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour. Travelers should also have the ability to climb four or five stairs to board vintage trains that are not ADA compliant.
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone and Spa services available at hotels.
Dress on tour is casual.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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