The Everette Railroad in Pennsylvania expects to begin operating steam-powered passenger excursions in October.
The initial trips will operate on Oct. 18, 24, and 25 to a pumpkin patch. Santa trains will run on Nov. 27, 28 and 29 and on the first three weekends in December. All trips will leave from Hollisdayburg.
The 23-mile short line located near Altoona, Pennsylvania, has constructed a station and restored a former Bessemer & Lake Erie combine car.
The motive power is expected to be a 2-6-0 Mogul-type that recently underwent a successful steam test.
However, railroad president Alan Maples in an interview with Trains magazine stopped short of promising that the steam locomotive would pull the first trains.
“You can’t say when it will be ready, so when it’s done it will be on the train,” he said.
Everette railroad workers are also working to overhaul two former Central of New Jersey open window heavyweight coaches for use in excursion service.
Also in the fleet are a pair of former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western electric multiple unit cars that have been converted to coaches.
A red former CNJ caboose will be on the rear of the trains.