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Project 113's Steam Locomotive Leads Easter Trains

Mar 09, 2017 09:18AM ● By Erica Shames
Schuylkill County's only Easter Bunny trains of 2017 will operate from Minersville on Saturday, April 8. 

Three trips will travel from the Minersville Station to south of Schuylkill Haven, a 70-minute, 15-mile round-trip, with departures at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., powered by steam locomotive #113.  The Easter Bunny rides every train and visits with every child!

What and where?
Railway Restoration Project 113 maintains and operates the steam locomotive that pulls the trains, and the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, a subsidiary of the Reading & Northern Railroad, provides the coaches.

Tickets cost $14 for those 12 years old and up, and $9 for children 3-11.  All those under 3 ride free; every rider of any age requires a ticket.

Ticket and parking info
Tickets are available by  mail. Send a check, made out to Project 113, to: Project 113, 113 East Sunbury Street, Minersville PA 17954.  Please indicate the time of the train, how many adult tickets, how many children's tickets and how many free tickets. Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Project 113 does not accept reservations and does not accept credit cards.  Tickets also available at the station on April 8th.  Open seating on the train (no assigned seats).

On the day of the trips, riders should park at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 at 17 Maple Avenue, Pottsville (a mile south of Minersville), and ride buses to the Minersville station.  Please arrive at the parking area at least 45 minutes ahead of train time.  Shuttle buses provided by Newhurst.

For more information, please call (570) 544-8300.

Some background
With the cooperation of partner Reading & Northern, locomotive 113, built in 1923, powers passenger excursions from Minersville a few times each year, offering affordable, family-friendly opportunities to experience train travel. 

A 501(c)(3) non-profit, Project 113 works to preserve the history of railroading in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, thanks to the generous donations of people from throughout the county and throughout the country.  The locomotive, a rolling ambassador from times past, brings our region's history to life. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of Oren Helbok, Project 113 Inc.

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