The Jim Thorpe Train Station is home to the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway and offers trips into Lehigh Gorge State Park between May and December, as well as the Easter Train, PA Dutch Treat train, Bike Train, Autumn Leaf Train and the Santa Claus Specials. Trips to High Bridge and the Greater Pittston Area Charity Train Ride are also part of the schedule.Continue Reading
The Lehigh Gorge State Park trips operate on most weekends, holidays and occasionally during the week. The Easter Train comes complete with the Easter Bunny who interacts with passengers. Aboard the PA Dutch Treat Train, passengers sample locally made meats and cheeses while chugging along the Lehigh Gorge. The Bike Train, unlike most of the others, only operates in good weather. This is a one-way or round-trip ticket, depending on whether the passenger wants to bicycle the 25 miles back to the Jim Thorpe Station.
The Autumn Leaf Train takes passengers into the heart of the hardwood forest for a close up look at all those gold, red and orange leaves. Instead of driving through the countryside, passengers just relax and take pictures along the way. In October, the Hometown High Bridge Special takes passengers on a two-hour trip to the 1,000-foot long High Bridge Trestle. This is another chance to see the changing leaves as the train navigates the 160-foot tall structure.
In September, the Greater Pittston Area Charity Train ride runs from Duryea to Jim Thorpe, with the proceeds going to the local YMCA, library and health clinic. Beginning at the end of November, the Santa Claus Special is in business. Most of the trips are from Jim Thorpe, but other stations involved include Pottsville and Tamaqua. The cars are decked in Christmas decorations and Santa Claus goes along for the ride.Learn more about Geography