The Return of a Popular Tourist Railway in Jim Thorpe

Written by on August 21, 2020

The Return of a Popular Tourist Railway in Jim Thorpe

By Haley O’Brien

August 21, 2020

By Haley O’Brien / WLVR

The Jim Thorpe train has returned for good, following a tax dispute between the railroad company and the borough. As WLVR’s Haley O’Brien reports the railroad is now offering train excursions on weekends and weekdays.

All guests wear masks on the 70-minute Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway ride, and most cars are open. 

Reading and Northern Railroad cancelled train rides in Jim Thorpe last fall, after the borough attempted to collect an amusement tax. A new law brought the scenic train rides back. 

And local business owners say they’re glad one of the town’s largest attractions is back. Michael Rivkin owns the Dolon House bed and breakfast and is a member of the Jim Thorpe tourism agency.  

“This past weekend, the first weekend with the train back, was like a normal super busy weekend in Jim Thorpe. The crowds were pretty strong, parking was tight, so we will see if the midweek runs bring additional folks to town during the week.”

Rivkin says the borough and tourism group is making plans to limit crowds in the fall, while still welcoming visitors safely.

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