BOYERTOWN, Pa. - The Colebrookdale Railroad appears to be on the right track when it comes to providing its passengers with a scenic ride on the rails.
The nonprofit railroad, which runs passenger trains along a Civil War-era line from Boyertown to Pottstown, provides the second-best scenic ride in North America, according to the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice survey.
"We want to thank the community for voting for us, for writing your reviews, providing ratings, and saving us as an attraction to follow," said Nathaniel Guest, executive director of the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust. "Thank you."
Colebrookdale, which began operating in 2014, finished the survey second only to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which runs for 64 miles between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado, passing through the San Juan Mountains and the Conejos Valley along the way.
Two other nearby railroads made the top-10 list. Wilmington & Western Railroad in Delaware finished in seventh place, followed by the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County in eighth place.
Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach said Colebrookdale's finish is well deserved.
"The Colebrookdale Railroad continues to amaze old and young alike, and the results of this poll prove it," Leinbach said. "When considering how short a history we have as a tourist railroad, it is stunning to be voted as the #2 tourist railroad in the entire United States!"
Online travel company Tripadvisor is also giving the railroad top billing, rating it this month in the top 10% of all attractions around the world.
Next month, Colebrookdale will be part of the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Celebration inspiration honor roll.
"We are fortunate to have a resource like the Colebrookdale Railroad in our region and have been happy to partner with Berks County to support its restoration," said Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh.
The railroad is credited with having an $8 million economic impact on the region each year.