Customer Testimonials

Hello Crystal,

I just came across the paper I had picked up from the train excursion we did to Jim Thorpe back the beginning of November 2018.  I wanted to let you know that the crew was super friendly and helpful!  We were in a group of 4 and the original seats we got, had a wall where another window could've been (in corner of car).  A crew member came and told us they had a better place for us, we didn't ask nor complain.  The lady serving beverages/snacks was super friendly and willing to answer any questions we general, everyone was super friendly and helpful!

Thanks for the great experience and we will definitely do again and recommend to others!

Rachel & Kevin Myers

Our first time to Jim Thorp

Hi Crystal & Annette, Alex & I want to thank you both for making our very first train excursion a memorable one. We enjoyed it so much and you both made it even more special! This trip was a gift from my sister & brother-in-law and we couldn't believe how beautiful the Parlor Car was. We had a wonderful time and thank you for letting us play cards during our return trip. You're both perfect for making everyone feel so welcome!

Mizusaru - Milford, New Jersey

Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad

I took my wife on the 5-28-18 trip and was very impressed with the overall operation of this road. These folks have TWO turntables and their track maintenance is fantastic. This is a very well run operation. I had not been on a pair of Budd Cars in decades and the crew were very professional. Also hats off to Molly Maguire restaurant and pub for the best Buffalo Wings I`ve had in a long time! Hats off to the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad.

Keith B

A Fun Trip on a Vintage Train

First -- the New Reading Outer Station is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking.
Boarding starts at 8:30 AM, so get there early. The train leaves at 9 AM sharp. We got there around 8:38 AM and the available seats were full -- an area is closed off for the Port Clinton passengers. Luckily the hospitality person allowed us behind the chains so we could sit together. Remember, wherever you sit on the way to Jim Thorpe is where you sit on the way back. The nice thing is that the seats flip, so you can always ride in the direction that the train is traveling.

Food and drink is allowed on the train, so we saw a lot of coolers. (You can leave items on the train while you are walking around Jim Thorpe which is nice.) They also have a cafe car where you can purchase drinks for $ 2 each (bottled water, ice tea, lemonade, coffee, and draft soda). On the way back coffee, ice tea, and lemonade were only $1.00. They also sell snacks for $ 1.00 and $2.00 each depending on what it is.

The staff was friendly and helpful which made the trip very enjoyable.

Nprus - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Such a fun day!!

My husband and I took the train from Reading to Jim Thorpe. We had an awesome time. Everything was run so smoothly and on time. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful . We enjoyed being able to purchase drinks and snacks during the trip and the counter attendant was very friendly. The views from the train were amazing and we even saw some deer and wild turkeys.

muzzysmom1 - Reading, Pennsylvania

Autumn Leaf Foliage Train

This past weekend we took the Reading & Northern Autumn Foliage Train from Port Clinton, Pennsylvania to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. We boarded at 9:45 AM and arrived in Jim Thorpe by 12:15 PM. The entire trip was very well organized. The train was powered by a diesel locomotive and the cars were early 20th century. The train staff was helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable. The scenery was a real treat even though this Fall was not much for color. For us, it also served as a first rate introduction to the anthracite coal mining region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Once we arrived in Jim Thorpe we had three hours to have lunch and wander through this 18th century town. The train returned to Port Clinton at 3:30 PM If you are interested in period architecture the streets of Jim Thorpe are fascinating and full of history. You will find that your time slips away very quickly. We were surprised with the number of visitors that filled the streets and restaurants. We had no idea that Jim Thorpe is such a popular destination. All in all this trip was a splendid way to spend a Fall Sunday.

John D - Hellertown, Pennsylvania

Ethan Brodie recommends Reading and Northern Railroad - Passenger.

Yes. I recommend checking out the 425 On Fall Trips And The Gorge Trips. Best Steam Locomotive In Pennsylvania.

Jane Kelly reviewed Reading and Northern Railroad - Passenger — 5 star

Wonderful time. Friendly crew .... beautiful locomotive .... I take this trip nearly every year and it’s worth it.

Lizz Matias recommends Reading and Northern Railroad - Passenger.

So I have taken this train ride, it’s a lot of fun!
But I just saw that you’re sponsoring the Berks ARL adoptions this weekend!! And it fills my heart with joy!

I love when local small businesses support each other!!

Keith Bradley recommends Reading and Northern Railroad - Passenger.

I took the RDC trip from Pottsville Pa to Jim Thorp Sunday Oct 28, 2018. Great crew, great trip and Lunch at Molly Maguires pub in Jim Thorpe. And here's to everyone at the Readind and Northern who rebuilt and maintain their trackage and signals.


We just got home from our ride with you today.  The weather was perfect, as was the train ride.   Please don’t ever change anything!  We had a wonderful time today and want to thank you for your outstanding service and will be back many more times in the future.

Gary L. Noecker, CRPC

Hello Crystal,

My husband and I rode the train this past Sunday to Jim Thorpe. The train ride was very nice and our time in Jim Thorpe was wonderful-perfect day 😊

Enjoyed being able to sit back and check out all the sites along the way. The train seats were quite spacious and comfortable. We had brought along a few snacks but didn’t realize there was space for a small cooler to bring extra-now we know for next time!

Traveling the route we did, it would be nice to have some time of narrative explaining some of the areas/places as we passed by and/or over. We could learn a little bit of the history as we go!

We will definitely share our experience with others and encourage them to take a ride! Our next adventure to Jim Thorpe will be to do the bike trails!

Thanks again.

Enjoy your day!

Georgine/Barry Spengler

Dear Crystal,

You certainly made our day! My family of 30 (plus me) took the train ride to Jim Thorpe from Reading and back on September 15, 2018.

Everyone loved the train ride and greatly enjoyed the day. We all had a grand time. The trip was in celebration of my 80th birthday.

For me, it was a reminder of years ago, when I often rode on the trains.  For some in the family it was their first time on a train.

It was a trip we will all long remember. Thank you for your help.

Sue Doherty

My daughter and I were on the 9/23 trip to Jim Thorpe.  What a relaxing way to travel.  The ride was very smooth, and not at a high speed.  The personnel were all very nice, knowledgeable and courteous.  I will recommend trip to others.  Thank you for an enjoyable day,

Kathy Harvey

Dear Ms Arndt

 I wanted to let you know that I totally enjoyed my trip on your RDC excursion. The staff was friendly, always accepting questions and very accommodating. The trip was exciting for me, I always wanted to ride this particular train. The information sheet was with good information and the weather was cooperative. I am sure that some future date I may take another excursion on the Reading and Northern Railroad.

 Philip Caroselli

Just a quick shout out to the staff at Reading and Northern Passenger trains to JT - you all are just wonderful. Polite, kind and very helpful. Special shout out to Crystal Arndt who made a disappointing situation MUCH better thanks to her quick thinking and attentiveness. An absolute asset to the rail road! Can't wait for our trip in October - All aboard!!!!!

Dear Friends at Reading Railways,

Thank you for your great train facility!  My family and I immensely enjoyed our trip to Jim Thorpe on August 4th!

Your cars are well refurbished and beautiful and comfy.  The tracks are so smooth!  What a terrific ride!

The city of Jim Thorpe is a sweet town – unique to itself!  Enjoyed walking the streets and visiting shops.

Thank you for having snacks on your train! Great variety and great prices!

But, absolutely the best thing about the whole excursion was your lovely staff!  Wonderful people – each one.  Helpful, go the tenth mile to help, answer all questions, are friendly and really know their jobs!  Very down to earth and willing to talk with us as though they knew us forever!

Crystal is exceptional!  She is so fun to listen to and I find she is very creative and energetic!  She’s the perfect girl for the job she’s in!  I pray the best for her in finding various theme trips!  She is an exceptional person.

Thank you, Crystal, for taking my little granddaughter to the restroom at the stop in Port Clinton!  You are the best!

Can’t wait to take other trips and to buy trips as gifts!

Thank you, Mr. Muller, for your generous gift to our area and for your sacrificial giving to make the train cars available.  You’re a man of vision!

Dolly Collins,

 Hi Crystal,

I was a passenger on Saturday's excursion from the Outer Reading station to Jim Thorpe on Saturday.  I just wanted to send a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the trip and the great service provided by you and the entire team, as well as to thank you for keeping us informed of progress while we encountered the technical difficulties with the RDCs.  You did a WAY better job than any airline I've flown on in the past 5 years at sharing timely information, explaining what needed to be done and why, and providing updated ETAs for resuming our journey.  I had no idea how comfortable the RDCs are!

 In closing, I look forward to my next adventure on a Reading and Northern Railroad (or Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway) train!  Please feel free to share this with your leadership team as you deem appropriate.

 Take care and have a great day!

 Best Regards,