Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway#7 in Best Things To Do in The Poconos
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The coaches for the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway were built as early as 1917, meaning the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is sure to make the day of any ferroequinologist, or a person who studies trains. The trains are most often pulled by diesel engines, but the railroad occasionally uses steam locomotives. The 16-mile, roughly one-hour round trip weaves through the Lehigh Gorge State Park. The exact length of trips varies depending on the season, and the railway offers special excursions for events like fall foliage.
Past travelers suggested splurging the extra couple bucks for an open-air car if the weather is nice. Arrive early, though, as visitors warned that tickets are tricky to get, especially during the fall foliage months and other special excursions. Also, while the beautiful scenery impresses most riders, they advised future passengers to keep in mind that the train takes the same route out and back, so the second half of the trip is a repeat.
The train departs from Jim Thorpe Station, which is located along the Lehigh River in downtown Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Trips last about one hour, and tickets can be purchased from the station Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling ahead. Tickets for the standard coach cost $17 for adults, $9 for children 3 to 12 and are free for children 2 and younger. Tickets for the open-air coach cost $19 for adults, $10 for children 3 to 12 and are free for children 2 and younger. Additional information is available on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway website.
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