Train trips are on track for a day in Schuylkill Haven Borough
This year’s Borough Day train ride will feature a diesel engine. (Courtesy of Bob Kemps)
Walking along the Schuylkill River, watching the newly changing trees fly by from the window of the commuter rail car – this comforting image will soon become a reality for those riding the Boro Day Train.
The Reading Blue Mountain and North Train Station serves as a hub of activities during Boro Day on Sept. 30, due in large part to the continuing popularity of the train rides it offers for the festival, according to Bob Kemps, a longtime railroad and Boro Day employee. volunteer.
The approximately one-hour flight takes passengers from Schuylkill Haven to Port Clinton.
A train cabin is a special place, according to Kempis, who said he has seen many families feel the same sense of awe that sparked his love of locomotives as a child.
“We were going out to Chicago for a family vacation; “Our grandparents used to take us to the railroad to watch the streamlines go by,” Kemp said. “This was in the 1950s.”
Once a dentist, Kemp has since retired and started working part-time to pursue his passion – working as a car attendant out of Jim Thorpe, helping customers as they travel on tourist rail trips operated by RBM&N.
He said he enjoys helping to develop in others the same appreciation for trains that led him to his current job.
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s a great feeling,” Kemp said.
Last year’s Borough Day train trips were pulled by an engine even wilder than the train – the T-1 2102 steam engine, which at the time was the largest steam locomotive of its kind in main line service in America.
This beast has been reserved elsewhere this year, so instead passengers will be pulled by a massive diesel engine, just as was the case in the early days of riding the train on Borough Day.
Passengers will also have to prepare to be in the presence of three legends from the Hundred Acre Wood: Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger, who will join passengers in the cabins.
The characters are played by members of Schuylkill Haven High School Honor Society, Kemps said.
“They have some beautiful clothes to wear; “The kids love it,” Kemps said.
Borough Day train trips will run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday.
We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to ensure seat availability.
Passengers are advised to arrive early to ensure they have time to park their cars and reach the train station on time, taking into account road closures and large crowds.
Tickets are $22 per adult, $9 per child over 2, and free for children under 2.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 610-562-2102 or visiting www.rbmnrr-passenger.com.