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Pennsylvania Railroads: History and Heritage

Program Number: 14977RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/4/2014; 6/19/2016 - 6/25/2016; 9/11/2016 - 9/17/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/15/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,297.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Train Treks; On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

From Strasburg to Altoona, explore the people and history behind Pennsylvania’s railroads. Steam, diesel and narrow-gauge — hop aboard four trains and ride the rolling hills of Lancaster County and through the rugged Allegheny Mountains as railroad employees and historians explain the construction of the rails and their historic and modern roles in passenger and commercial traffic.


• At the Railroaders Memorial Museum, uncover the story behind the 220-degree engineering marvel of Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark.
• Inspect America’s first railroad through the Alleghenies at the Gallitzin Tunnels and visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
• At the Steamtown National Historic Site, go behind the scenes at a shop where steam engines are rebuilt.

Activity Particulars

Walking for up to one mile over varied terrain, steps to board trains, walking inside a coal mine.

Ride via motorcoach to each destination in Pennsylvania. We make every effort to allow time to explore each village and town we visit throughout the program - however, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.

Date Specific Information

9-28-2014, 6-19-2016, 9-11-2016, 10-9-2016

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Lancaster, 2 nights; coach to Wilkes-Barre, 2 nights; coach to Altoona, 2 nights; coach to Lancaster, departure.


Wilkes-Barre was put on the map when anthracite coal was discovered nearby in the late 18th century, resulting in a population boom and the arrival of the railroads. Just down the road from Steamtown National Historic Site, which preserves the historic era of steam locomotives, Wilkes-Barre is also a gateway to the famous Poconos Mountains.


“The Mountain City” of Altoona has been a railroad town since its founding by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1849. The importance of locomotives during the Civil War made Altoona valuable to the North and a strategic target of the South. The nearby Horseshoe Curve is a famed marvel of railroad engineering and is listed as a National Historic Place.


Known worldwide as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” Lancaster and the surrounding countryside is home to the nation’s oldest Amish community. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in the country attracts those seeking fresh produce and baked goods.

Hotels in Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre and Altoona.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sharon Foehl

Sharon began working as a Site Coordinator and Group Leader with Road Scholar programming throughout Vermont in 2003. Since that time, she has helped in developing programs that take her all over New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. She received her certification with IGA (International Guide Academy) in 2012 and continues working with them as an instructor helping others achieve certification as tour guides and directors.
Ivan Frantz

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Ivan E. Frantz, Jr. is the descendant of two Civil War veterans, and is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. He is a member and past president of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS), and currently serves on their board of directors. Ivan has published several articles on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Keystone, the quarterly journal of the PRRT&HS.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn Lancaster
  Lancaster, PA 2 nights
   The Woodlands Inn & Resort
  Wilkes-Barre, PA 2 nights
   Comfort Inn
  Altoona, PA 2 nights
 Hampton Inn Lancaster
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located close to all major Lancaster attractions.
  Contact info: 545 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601 USA
phone: 717-299-1200
  Room amenities: Once you've arrived at our hotel, you'll find a lot of great amenities waiting for you in your room. Need to get some work done while you're with us? We offer free wireless high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch a favorite show on the 32" LCD HD TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed®.
  Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental ◾ Business Center ◾ Complimentary Printing Service ◾ Fax ◾ Meeting Rooms ◾ Modem ◾ Photo Copying Service ◾ Printer Beverage Area, Complimentary ◾ Breakfast Area, Complimentary ◾ Coin Laundry ($1.00) ◾ Electric Service ◾ Elevators ◾ Laundry/Valet Service ◾ Multi-Lingual Staff ◾ On-Site Convenience Store ◾ Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room ◾ Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $129 - $149 Call hotel for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 The Woodlands Inn & Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Woodlands Inn and Resort is a AAA three star hotel situated along the beautiful Laurel Run Stream on 40 wooded Pocono acres. Located close to Steamtown USA and other attractions near Wilkes-Barre. The Woodlands Inn & Resort is located west of Interstate 81 off exit 170B. This Inn is also very near local attractions for Wilkes Barre tourists, such as the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Downs Harness Track, Pocono International Raceway, Montage Ski Area and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours.
  Contact info: 1073 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA
phone: 570-824-9831 xor8007622222
  Room amenities: Renovated in 2006: iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, guestroom print capabilities, 80 pay per view movies, 26 flat screen televisions.
  Facility amenities: Discover wellness in the woods! If you're tired of feeling like you have to be in shape to get in shape, you don't have to feel that way anymore in our fully equipped fitness center. Our health club is an intimate non-intimidating fitness studio dedicated to your well being. Let the pulsating jets and the 100 + degree water temperature soothe away any bumps or bruises in our 17,000 gallon Jacuzzi. Located alongside is our indoor pool where you can cool down after you dip in the Jacuzzi. During the warmer months our outdoor pool is open, cocktails and lunch are also served poolside. The weight training and aerobic center features a comprehensive array of weight resistance and cardiovascular conditioning equipment.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Comfort Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Close to Horseshoe Curve and the Portage Railroads.
  Contact info: 130 Patchway Road
Ducansville, PA 16635 USA
phone: 814-693-1800
  Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access Hair Dryer In-Room Air Conditioning In-Room Coffee Maker Iron & Ironing Board Microwave RefrigeratorVoice Mail
  Facility amenities: Braille Coded Exits, Braille Elevator(s), Bus Parking, Business Center Cocktail Lounge * Elevator(s) Exercise Room Free Continental Breakfast Gold Award Winner Government Travelers: FEMA Approved Guest Use Copy Machine * Guest Laundry * Indoor Pool Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub Interior Corridors No Pets Allowed Outdoor Parking Restaurant on premise Sun Deck
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: None None
  Check out time: 8:30 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM - Hotel Lobby You will be staying at Hampton Inn Lancaster that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast and return to the Country Inn of Lancaster at 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Comfort Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is free of charge.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lancaster, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Lancaster
  Nearest highway: Lincoln Highway
  Nearest airport:  Harrisburg
  From End of Program
  Location:  Altoona, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Altoona
  Nearest highway: I 80
  Nearest airport:  Pittsburgh
Travel Details



From Train Station




Yellow Cab
phone: 717-397-8100


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 15 Minutes 




Approximately 7 miles


Amtrak takes you to Lancaster from both Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Call cab upon arrival for a short ride to hotel.




From Airport




Friendly Transportation
phone: 717-393-6666 x238
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $100 one way
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 30 minutes 




Approximately 35 miles


Lincoln Town Car Cost includes gratuity Call for reservations Motor coach will drop individuals at airport on the return from Altoona, PA.




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Avis Rental Car
phone: 717-944-4401
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 30 minutes 




Approximately 35 miles


Avis allows a one day rental to Lancaster Airport with no drop charge. Lancaster Airport rentals are open on Sundays at noon Then take a short cab to hotel. See Yellow Cab below

Driving Directions
  Baltimore Area Merge onto I-95 - go 32.2 mi 7. Take exit #93/MD-222 onto Perrylawn Dr[MD-275] toward Perryville/Port Deposit - go 1.0 mi 8. Turn on Blythedale Rd[MD-222] - go 0.1 mi 9. Continue to follow MD-222 - go 8.4 mi 10. Turn on US-1 - go 1.0 mi 11. Turn on Rock Spring Rd[US-222] - go 3.0 mi 12. Continue to follow US-222 - go 21.9 mi 13. Turn on Penn Grant Rd - go 0.7 mi 14. Turn on Lampeter Rd - go 2.0 mi 15. Turn on Rockvale Rd - go 1.6 mi 16. Turn on Gridley Rd - go 0.7 mi 17. Gridley Rd becomes Mennonite School Rd - go 0.5 mi 18. Mennonite School Rd becomes Harvest Rd - go < 0.1 mi 19. Turn on Lincoln Hwy[US-30] - go 0.1 mi 20. Arrive at 2133 LINCOLN HWY E, LANCASTER, on the right
  NYC Area Take the I-78 WEST exit toward GARDEN STATE PARKWAY - go 5.3 mi 12. Take the I-78 WEST EXPRESS exit onto I-78 EXPRESS LN WEST toward CLINTON - go 4.0 mi 13. Merge onto I-78 WEST - go 72.0 mi 14. Take exit #54A/US-222 SOUTH onto HAMILTON BLVD[US-222] - go 8.5 mi 15. Continue to follow US-222 SOUTH - go 15.2 mi 16. Take ramp onto US-222 SOUTH toward SINKING SPRINGS - go 13.8 mi 17. Continue on LANCASTER PIKE[US-222] - go 2.7 mi 18. Continue to follow US-222 SOUTH - go 19.4 mi 19. Take the US-30 EAST exit toward COATESVILLE - go 5.0 mi 20. Arrive at 2133 LINCOLN HWY E, LANCASTER, on the left
  Philadelphia Area Take ramp onto US-1 SOUTH - go 3.3 mi 8. US-1 SOUTH becomes I-76 WEST - go 11.7 mi 9. Take exit #328B-A onto US-202 SOUTH toward WEST CHESTER - go 11.6 mi 10. Take the US-30 exit toward COATESVILLE - go 19.1 mi 11. Continue on LINCOLN HWY[US-30] - go 16.6 mi 12. Arrive at 2133 LINCOLN HWY E, LANCASTER, on the right
  West 3. Bear onto I-376 EAST toward MONROEVILLE - go 13.9 mi 4. Take exit #15 onto I-76 EAST toward HARRISBURG/EXITS 67-359 - go 191.9 mi 5. Take exit #247 onto PA-283 EAST - go 29.4 mi 6. Merge onto US-30 EAST - go 5.8 mi 7. Arrive at 2133 LINCOLN HWY E, LANCASTER, on the right
Equipment Requirements: None
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Individual arrivals and registrations/Dinner is served at the hotel/Program Orientation
(Sunday, September 28)
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: Please arrive at the Inn between 3:00-5:00pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information. You will then have until 5:45 PM to settle into your room.
 Dinner: Enjoy an old fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixin's at Your Place Restaurant.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientation. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will ask participants to introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Lancaster
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Pennsylvania Railroad Museum/Picnic lunch at the Strasburg Railroad/Ride the Strasburg Railroad/Dinner in an Amish home
(Monday, September 29)
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is served this morning at the hotel. Features selections of pastries, juices, coffee and whole fruit.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP:This morning we visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania where we will have a guided exploration of one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society, the museum: Displays over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, including the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection. Has restored many of these unique survivors to original appearance, and pursues a major restoration program. Conducts educational programs for all ages, provides tours and holds special events, many in cooperation with outside organizations. The innovative Railway Education Center provides a focus for exciting learning. Houses extensive exhibits of railroad artifacts, plus priceless art work, books, photographs and corporate railroad material. Recognizes that railroad history is alive and continues being made in this new millennium. The Museum uses new technologies to preserve and interpret the unfolding story. Seeks to enhance its world-class status through a process of steady improvements involving public-private partnerships. PRESENTATION: Re-group in the class room where Ivan Frantz will discuss the Pennsylvania Railroad's vital role during the Civil War.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch is served at the Strasburg Railroad featuring a selection of deli sandwiches.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy an afternoon journey aboard the Strasburg Railroad. The Strasburg Rail Road, a historic operating railroad located directly across the street from the Railroad Museum, runs their train rides in vintage coaches, mostly with steam locomotives. The rides are well narrated, with great views of Amish farmlands. Taking a trip on the Strasburg Railroad is an experience not to be forgotten!
 Dinner: EVENING EXCURSION: Tonight a local guide takes us to a real Amish home for a traditonal Amish Meal. Following dinner he will take us through the true Amish countryside with a quick stop at an Amish Craft Store before sunset.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Lancaster
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast is served at the hotel/Morning Travel to the Pioneer Tunnel Railroad & Coal Mine/Lunch/Wilkes-Barre Station/Dinner
(Tuesday, September 30)
 Breakfast: A full breakfast is included this morning at Your Place Restaurant. We will have a buffet with cold and hot selections.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel back through time on an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive, the Henry Clay. Built in the 1920's, The Henry Clay takes you on a scenic three-quarter mile ride around the side of Mahanoy Mountain to show you another kind of mining called strip mining. You'll visit the Mammoth Stripping, an area where an unusually thick seam of anthracite known as the Mammoth Vein outcrops to the surface of the earth. Here, in days gone by, monstrous steam shovels ripped out millions of tons of coal from the exposed vein and left a wall of solid rock 150 feet high extending westward as far as the eye can see. Much of the coal was pulled out by the narrow gauge predecessors of our own Henry Clay . . . a lot of it on the same track bed. You'll learn about the Centralia mine fire as you gaze across the valley to find smoke rising out of the ground. This perpetual underground fire has resisted all attempts to extinguish it, and has necessitated the relocation of many residents. Nearby is a relic "bootleg" coal hole. This and others in the area were dug by men who were willing to defy trespass laws and brave cave-ins to obtain a few bags of coal to sell or heat their homes. Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800 feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine motor. The mine is inspected daily by the mine's foreman and periodically by state mine inspectors. The temperature inside the mine averages 52 degrees, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. Deep inside the mine, you will alight from your car and follow your miner-guide as you are given an explanation of how coal is mined. There are storyboards inside the mine depicting the mining operation. Your guide will point out the numerous coal seams and describe various configurations of passageways, some cut from solid rock in order to reach the coal. The tour is educational as well as entertaining.
 Lunch: Lunch is included today at Vonz Restaurant, a lovely Victorian style depot turned restaurant.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: During lunch, we enjoy a presentation from a local architect who was instrumental in the restoration of this lovely, historic depot. Then we depart for our hotel in Wilkes-Barre.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is served at a local buffet restaurant and features many different entree's both cold and hot.
Accommodations: The Woodlands Inn & Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Program at the Steamtown National Historic Site/Lunch/Anthracite Heritage Museum/Dinner/Evening presentation
(Wednesday, October 1)
 Breakfast: A full hot buffet breakfast is served at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy guided exploration of Steamtown which concludes with a train ride. Established by an act of the United States Congress on October 30, 1986, Steamtown officially opened to the public in the summer of 1995, and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2005. Congress established Steamtown to interpret the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. Much of the collection of steam (and a few diesel) locomotives and freight and passenger cars was originally part of Steamtown USA. That collection was originally assembled by the late F. Nelson Blount and was located in several places in the northeast United States before moving from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Scranton in 1984. Blount's death in an airplane accident in 1967 had cut off the main financial support for Steamtown USA, but much of his original dream to have a museum in a working railroad yard with excursions on steam trains and a functional locomotive shop has been realized at Steamtown NHS. Also at this location, enjoy self guided exploration at the Electric City Trolley Museum. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the activities of the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. The association is an outgrowth of predecessor preservation groups including Buckingham Valley Trolley Association and East Penn Valley Traction, which conveyed to the museum most of the trolleys and artifacts in its historic collection. Association members support the Electric City Trolley Museum with their time, talent, trolley expertise and contributions. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is IRS recognized as a 501(c)(3)
 Lunch: Delight in a lovely buffet lunch at the beautifully restored Lackawana Station Hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a guided exploration of the PA Anthracite Heritage musuem. The Anthracite Heritage Museum is located in McDade Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Museum tells the story of the people who came from Europe to work in the anthracite mining and textiles industries. On a tour of the facility visitors will experience the lives of proud people who endured harsh working conditions yet carved out communities filled with tradition. The diverse collection highlights life in the mines, mills and factories. Visitors are welcomed into the family’s homes and neighborhoods with a moment of reflection in the kitchen, a visit to the pub, or a seat in a local Church. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum’s diverse regional collections represent all facets of work, life and values of the region’s ethnic communities.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel where you will choose from a limited menu featuring chicken, fish and meat.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: This evening a local historian will speak on the history of the area.
Accommodations: The Woodlands Inn & Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ride with the Tioga Central Railroad
(Thursday, October 2)
 Breakfast: A full hot buffet breakfast featuring both cold and hot selections is served at the hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Ride the Tioga Central Railroad. The Tioga Central Railroad of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania operates excursion and charter trains on a thirty-four mile railroad extending north from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to a location about three miles south of Corning, New York. Enjoy a lovely lunch prepared right on board the train on this hour and a half long scenic ride.
 Lunch: A wonderful lunch is prepared and served on board the train.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the lovely town of Bellefonte for a presentation on the historical significance of the site before traveling to our hotel for check-in.
 Dinner: Dinner is included at a local restaurant featuring Italian Specialties served family style.
Accommodations: Comfort Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Amtrak Ride on Horseshoe Curve, Railroaders Museum
(Friday, October 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel and features both cold and hot selections including fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we board our coach with our local railroad historian and travel to Johnstown, PA. Here we board Amtrak for a scenic journey from Johnstown to Altoona. During our ride we will pass through the Gallitzin Tunnels and Horseshoe Curve. Called an "engineering marvel", it was completed in 1854 by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was later used by the Penn Central, then Conrail, and is currently owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway. Amtrak's Pennsylvanian passenger train traverses the curve. The Curve is located in Kittanning Gap at the summit of the Allegheny Front, approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Altoona. The bend is a tight arc of approximately 220 degrees. It comprises two separate curves; on the north side, the radius measures 637 ft (194 m), tightening to 609 ft (186 m) on the south side. Also, we visit the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona. This Museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch featuring a selection of deli sandwiches is included at the Pennsylvania Railroaders Museum.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP:This afternoon we visit the Portage Railroad Museum. The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal. "The Portage," opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War.
 Dinner: Dinner is included at a local restaurant featuring a limited menu and salad bar.
Accommodations: Comfort Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast/Travel to Lancaster
(Saturday, October 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel and features both cold and hot selections including fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Return to Lancaster for final departure. We will make stops at the Harrisburg Airport or Amtrak station as needed.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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