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GreaterReadingChamber.org

All Aboard!

Joanie Cole Berney, Hoffmann Publishing

I

recently had the pleasure of riding the Colebrookdale Railroad
which operates a variety of excursions out of Boyertown. Not
knowing what to expect but always up for an adventure, I was
truly impressed with the trip from start to finish. The train has
definitely been restored to the beauty of the past.

The staff dressed in uniforms of white and black greeted me as
I boarded the train. For a minute, I thought I was boarding the
Orient Express. I walked through the coach area to the dining car
where I enjoyed a delicious lunch while gazing out the window as we
passed deep rock cuts, glens, and babbling streams. The train travels
to Pottstown and back. The 2-hour ride just seemed to fly by. As I
sat back in my seat, I admired the work of the volunteers who are
restoring the 100-year-old cars to the Golden Age of Railroading. I
was taken back to an era when train ruled transportation. I can only
imagine what it would have been like all dressed up in my Sunday
best dress and hat traveling into town for the day.

Not only is the train ride an enjoyable way to spend a few hours
but it has had a powerful impact on Boyertown. It has created new
jobs, is bringing over 20,000-30,000 visitors annually to the area,
and encouraged several businesses to locate in town. Those additional
participants and visitors enhance the experience adding to the unique
experiences and attractions in Boyertown.
If you have not experienced the Colebrookdale Railroad yet, I
recommend that you get "ALL ABOARD!" as soon as you can for a
unique adventure to a forgotten land where iron planted the seeds
of industry in North America. Visit their website www.colebrookdalerailroad to see upcoming Father's Day trains, Wine Tasting and
Cheese Trains, family oriented Campfire Express Trains, or plan ahead
for the upcoming Fall Foliage Trains or Santa Claus Trains. The train
can also be chartered for birthday parties and corporate events.

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