The Stourbridge Line train excursions in the historic town of Honesdale are fun for the entire family. This fall, ride the rails and take in the scenic foliage along the Lackawaxen river and through the woods as many tree species pop with bright, vibrant colors. There are a wide variety of different rides to choose from, with some ongoing through the autumn.
The train’s history is interesting, the town is unique, and people young and young-at-heart will enjoy their Stourbridge Line train experience.
I spoke with Excursion Manager Tim Wright about what makes this a must see attraction, how it all started, and what people can expect.
How have the Stourbridge Line rail excursions grown over the years?
The Stourbridge Line has grown tremendously, especially since we re-opened the railroad on May 9th, 2015. We’ve added newly restored coaches and several events. One recent event that was very popular was our weekly Ice Cream Express. We teamed up with a local dairy farm whose farmers make homemade ice cream.
What do children and adults love about it?
Children love the train itself. It seems most children are fascinated by trains (I know I was). I enjoy seeing the kids’ faces light up when we come into the station and blow the whistle. I think adults like how peaceful the ride is along the Lackawaxen River. Our vintage coaches have been lovingly restored to give a comfortable and relaxing ride.
What makes the Stourbridge Line unique?
Definitely our history. Honesdale is the birthplace of the American Railroad and the first commercial steam locomotive to run on rails in the western hemisphere. What better way to celebrate our transportation history than by taking a ride on the train?
What are some of the favorite excursions?
There are several that seem to be very popular. Our Santa Express is a great family tradition during the holiday season along with other event trains, such as the Lackawaxen Firecracker. With this, we take the train to Lackawaxen for the fire department field day and fireworks show. Then, we come back to Hawley and Honesdale in the dark. Other widely attended excursions are the Pocono Express and the Glen Eyre Limited.
What can people expect from an excursion on the Stourbridge Line?
A relaxing ride in clean, restored vintage coaches, friendly staff, and a great family experience.
What is new this fall?
We’ve added the Pumpkin Patch Express. *For more details, see below.
FALL TRAIN EXCURSIONS
The Pocono Foliage Express
A scenic excursion held in October on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as the first two Saturdays in November. Other excursions held throughout October include the Lackawaxen Foliage Express, the Lackawaxen Foliage Limited, the Farmers Market Explorer, the Glen Eyre Foliage Limited and the Glen Eyre Foliage Express.
The Pumpkin Patch Express
A special event where families take the train to a pumpkin patch and children pick their own pumpkin and bring it home. The excursion is two hours, round trip, and is held on October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th. Saturday excursions leave Honesdale at 5 p.m., while Sunday departures are at 3 p.m.
Takes place Friday, November 29th and Saturday the 30th. Children delight in pictures with Santa and receive a present from him as well as a souvenir ticket and candy cane. This time honored family tradition brings children joy and is the perfect way to start the Christmas season. The excursion is a one-hour trip where Santa walks through the train and greets the children. The train departs the Honesdale station on the 29th at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. On the 30th, the excursion starts at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
For more information on times, pricing, and other important information and updates, visit www.thestourbridgeline.net or call (570) 470-2697.
By: Allison Mowatt