Posts Tagged ‘Reading & Blue Mountain Northern Railroad’

R&N to Offer Diesel, Steam Fall Foliage Trips

July 11, 2017

Reading & Northern will offer fall foliage excursions from Reading, Pennsylvania, this year.

Diesel-powered trains will run Oct. 1, 21-22, and 28-29, while steam-powered trips with 4-6-2 No. 425 will operate Oct. 7-8 and 15.

All excursions will originate at the Reading Outer Station, leaving at 9 a.m. and travel to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, with an intermediate stop in Port Clinton.

Return trips depart from Jim Thorpe at 3:30 p.m. after a three-hour layover.

Tickets for the diesel trips are $39 with options available for Pullman or parlor car seating. Steam trip fares start at $69. All tickets include a meal.

A special will run on Oct. 14 that originates at Outer Station but does not stop at Port Clinton. It will offer an opportunity to ride in an open gondola car for $125. Coach tickets for that trip, which will not use an auxiliary tender or diesel helper, are $99.


RBM&N Broke Freight, Revenue Records in 2014

January 13, 2015

Pennsylvania-based Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad had a banner year in 2014 for hauling freight, breaking records for carloads hauled and revenue earned.

The railroad handled 24,365 carloads, a 3.2 percent increase over that handled in 2013 and besting the record set 2011.

At the same time, the railroad’s anthracite coal unit-train business declined 21 percent due to price competition from foreign coal producers RBM&N said in a news release. The falling anthracite coal business was offset by 7 percent increases in domestic coal and merchandise carloads.

The merchandise business, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of total traffic, includes a such commodities as wood pulp, paper, metals, food products, plastics, forest products, chemicals and minerals.

The railroad also developed new transloading facilities in Cressona and Penobscot, Pa., that have generated substantial business growth, said RBMN President Wayne Michel.

“As a result of our local ownership, we are able to invest quickly in new facilities for ourselves and new customers to the railroad,” he said. “These new facilities and new customers enable our company to grow our business.”

Pa. Tourist RR Sets Ridership Mark in 2014

January 11, 2015

A Pennsylvania tourist railroad reported record ridership last year after it expanded service to seven additional cities.

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway carried 72,295 passengers in 2014 after service expanded to Tunkhannock, Pottsville, Minersville, Schuylkill Haven, Duryea and White Haven. Also helping to boost patronage were a Bike Train and Santa Claus Train services.

“We are thrilled to announce we are gearing up for another busy schedule in 2015,” said Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Chief Executive Officer Andy Mueller.

The RBM&N operates the Lehigh Gorge Scenic. RBMN serves freight customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties.