By Railfan & Railroad
JIM THORPE, Pa. — The Reading & Northern Railroad will resume operating excursions out of Jim Thorpe, Pa. on Aug. 14, the railroad announced this week. The railroad’s excursions — operated as the Lehigh Gorge Scenic — had been postponed due to the pandemic and a tax disagreement between the railroad and the city. The latter appears to have been resolved and railroad officials said they are excited to resume operations.
“From our beginning in the railroad business in 1983 as the Blue Mountain & Reading, we have always been committed to our passenger service,” said owner and CEO Andy Muller. “That commitment is no less strong today than it was 37 years ago. Over the past year, we have refurbished our equipment and worked on restoring a second steam locomotive. We are now ready to resume passenger service to and from Jim Thorpe. We have always worked well with the merchants in Jim Thorpe and we are pleased to do our part to help Jim Thorpe, Carbon County and the region bounce back from the impact of the virus on our communities. We believe now is the right time to bring the joy of passenger railroading back to northeast Pennsylvania. We will begin advertising and letting people know Jim Thorpe is open for business.”
A schedule will be published this week. For more information, call (570) 325-8485 or go to www.lgsry.com.