Train to historic Jim Thorpe, pulled by a steam locomotive benefits local causes

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The annual Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride will be better than ever this year. Reading & Northern Company rail line announced that when the train travels from Duryea to Jim Thorpe on Sept. 28, it will be pulled by a fully restored steam locomotive.

The annual rain excursion benefits Pittston Memorial Library, the Greater Pittston YMCA and the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic.

The train will travel along one of the oldest rail routes in the country. The excursion in a 1920s era open window coach pulled by the steam locomotive will travel through towns of Northeastern Pennsylvania that seem to be stuck in time. These picturesque towns, such as Jim Thorpe, maintain their small village vintage feel.

This is more than just a train ride, it’s an adventure. In the beginning of the 20th century a decline of the rail system in the area occurred as coal fell as king. But in 1996 the railway was reestablished allowing a direct line from Scranton to Jim Thorpe. This opened the doors for passengers to once again travel along these tracks.

The Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride railroad excursion to Jim Thorpe is Sunday, Sept. 28. The train will depart at 9 a.m. from Duryea and return at approximately 6:45 p.m. Upon arrival in Jim Thorpe, passengers will have an opportunity to browse the many specialty shops and restaurants sprinkled throughout this historictown.

Tickets are $65 per person. Checks should be made payable and sent to the Greater Pittston Chamber Charity Train Ride c/o Pittston YMCA 10 N. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.

All proceeds will benefit the Pittston Memorial Library, Greater Pittston YMCA, and the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. For more information, contact Kelly at 570-457-6558.

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