On Your Own Tours

In addition to our guided tours there are numerous railroad attractions that you may elect to visit on your own.

Among these is the Strasburg Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad Museum.  These attractions are co-located and we are currently working on putting together a group ticket that will include a ride and shop tour at the Strasburg Railroad and entrance to the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum and museum restoration shop

For more information please contact Dan Horting at tours@mer2017.org.


Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad

The Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad is located 8.7 miles from the hotel in Middletown.  Visitors enjoy an 11-mile round-trip train ride along the Swatara Creek, while learning the history of the area.  Passengers board 1920’s vintage Delaware, Lackawanna & Western coaches at a 1891 Freight Station in Middletown.  After leaving Middletown, the train follows the towpath of the historic Union Canal and the peaceful Swatara Creek. A live narration relates the history of the canal which was completed in 1827.   Much of the canal is still visible including canal locks and other historical artifacts.


Steam Into History

Steam Into History is located 47 miles from the hotel in New Freedom and offers either a roundtrip to Hanover Junction and back or Glen Rock and back.  The steam locomotive and train are a faithful replica of the train Abraham Lincoln rode to present the Gettysburg Address and two years later carried his body in a funeral car.  Each ride has a narrator who is well versed in the history of the area as well as Civil War History.  You will also find volunteers and staff are knowledgeable on the history of railroading.  Many of the entertainers and reenactors are willing to share their stories on the Civil War.


The Stewartstown Railroad

The Stewartstown Railroad is located 48 miles from the hotel.  This railroad owns 7.4 miles of track which runs from Stewartstown to an interchange in New Freedom with the former Northern-Central Railway.  The railroad operates a gas locomotive and coaches or motorcars at different times of the year.


Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village is located in Airville which is 47 miles from the hotel.  The Ma and Pa offers train rides as well as a historic general store and grist mill.  The train ride is currently on a maintenance train over approximately 2.5 miles of track through scenic woodlands.


Reading and Northern Fall Leaf Excursions

The Reading and Northern offers a steam powered fall leaf excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe and return.  The trip takes approximately two hours to get to downtown Jim Thorpe, where riders will have three hours to explore the town before boarding the train to return back to Port Clinton.  Jim Thorpe is consistently ranked on national media “Best” lists, and recognized among the most fun, beautiful, romantic and best adventure towns to visit. Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, this Victorian town is teeming with history, romance and family fun. You’ll enjoy the walkable downtown’s accommodations, shops, restaurants, pubs, wine-tasting and live entertainment, as well as all the outdoor adventure you’d expect in the Pocono Mountains.