Trains almost ready to roll between Muhlenberg, Jim Thorpe

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Reading and Northern Railroad has a new stop in Berks County. Starting Memorial Day, folks can depart from Muhlenberg Township for excursions to historic Jim Thorpe in Carbon County. If you're driving on Route 61 in the township, you'll see a little sight from the past.

"{Engine 225] is one of three steam locomotives that the Reading and Northern owns," said Matthew Fisher from Reading and Northern RR. "It's just on static display. Along with it, you'll see a box car and a caboose in the outer station for the time being."

The railroad starts at the "outer station," at Route 61 and Bellevue Avenue. Then, it heads north to the Poconos.

"Almost 100,000 riders came in to Jim Thorpe last year system-wide," Fisher said.

While steam Engine 225 looks good on the tracks, for now, it's only for display. The railroad said passengers are going to ride rail diesel cars, which it said are known for a smooth ride and open windows.

"We really want to connect with Berks County and beyond," said Jamal Abodalo, the township's dIrector of operations.

Township officials said they're excited for the potential and upside having their own railroad station will have.

"It's a message Muhlenberg Township managers want to send to all business developers, that we are open for new ideas," said Abodalo.

Train rides start at $29 a person and are scheduled throughout the summer.

"This is an opportunity for more people to ride, especially in the Berks County area, where the railroad got its start," said Fisher.

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