The town of Jim Thorpe in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the best small towns in the United States of America. The town sits in a valley where the Lehigh River flows. It is also a railroad town with a train station built by the Central Railroad of New Jersey. There is no regular passenger service to the town, but it is where you will find the Lehigh River Gorge Scenic Railway.
You arrive at the old train station. You by your ticket. You wait. Then, the train comes. You board the train. When the time comes, the train leaves the station.
You head north. You see the rail yard. Then you pass the junction with the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern, and you cross the river, and you cross the tracks owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway. You see the rail trail that parallels the tracks, and you wave to the hikers and bikers as you roll by. You cross the river again, and you see where the railroad once tunneled through the mountain. You go a little ways and see a waterfall. You arrive at the end, and you watch as the locomotive goes from one end to the other. Sadly, this means that you are on you way back to Jim Thorpe. You look out the window, and you enjoy the scenery along the way.
The Lehigh River Gorge Scenic Railway is a treat for the rail fan and anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery. The ride is only seventy minutes, and it is an enjoyable seventy minutes. If you visit the town of Jim Thorpe, it is definitely a must do.
The Lehigh River Gorge Scenic Railway is owned by the Reading, Blue Mountain, and Northern Railroad. It is located at the old Central Railroad of New Jersey train station in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania at 1 Susquehanna Street (U.S. Route 209). The railway does not have its own parking, but the town parking is located next to the station. (Payment required.) The train is wheelchair accessible. The ticket office is outside the train depot on the north side next to the boarding area. You can get more information at https://www.lgsry.com/.
Get out into nature. Enjoy the scenery. Ride the Lehigh River Gorge Scenic Railroad.