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North Wales, Pennsylvania150th Anniversary Steam Train Excursion

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Photo Credit: Big Jim Video Productions

The borough of North Wales, Pennsylvania will be turning 150 this year, and on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the New Hope Railroad is proud to join in the celebrations with four special [SOLD OUT] train rides powered by a vintage 1925 Baldwin built STEAM LOCOMOTIVE, number 40!

Climb aboard for one day only as number 40 thunders between SEPTA's North Wales Station and Gwynedd Valley over the rails of the Bethlehem Branch, a line that once connected the City of Philadelphia with the Lehigh Valley and the all important anthracite coal mines beyond.

The train will be made up of passenger cars that are original to the route over which you will travel, with both standard Coach and upscale First Class service available. While on board, a live narrator will relate many interesting stories and facts about the railroad and its history.

This will be the first time in 28 years that a steam locomotive has operated over this railroad, and the first time since 1985 that number 40 has left the northern end of the New Hope Branch to stretch its wheels on the mainline.

Passengers lucky enough to score tickets can choose how they ride, enjoying rich mahogany interiors, open windows and plush upholstered bench style seating in coach; or upgrade to first class where you’ll experience a beautiful solid mahogany and brass interior, carpeting, tables and dining chairs, along with modern day air conditioning and full bar service.

There will be terrific photo opportunities creating life-long memories for all ages.

No tickets - no problem. The 150th celebration is packed with excitement, including entertainment, food, music and they'll cap it all off with a Spectacular Fireworks Display at night! (click here for more details)

This event is made possible in cooperation with the Borough of North Wales, SEPTA and Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad.

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