Rail Diesel Car Train Schedule
Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe - Outer Station $35/person
Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe - Port Clinton $33/person
Round Trip Itinerary
8:30 AM Boarding begins at Outer Station
9:00 AM Train departs Outer Station
~ Train will stop in Port Clinton for boarding~
9:30 AM Train departs Port Clinton Station
11:20 AM Train arrives in Jim Thorpe
3:15 PM Boarding begins at Jim Thorpe Station for return trip
3:30 PM Train departs Jim Thorpe
5:30 PM Train arrives back in Port Clinton
6:00 PM Train arrives back to the Outer Station
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Where is Reading Outer Station located?
You can find us at the corner of Route 61 and Bellevue Avenue in Muhlenberg Township just north of downtown Reading, PA.
The GPS Address is: 3501 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA 19605.
Where is Port Clinton Station located?
You can find us in Port Clinton, PA off Broad Street.
The GPS Address is: 1 Railroad Boulevard, Port Clinton, PA 19549.
What is the RDC train?
The Rail Diesel Car (RDC) train consist of stainless steel passenger cars that are self-propelled. These cars were common in commuter service from the 1950s through the 1990s on many railroads. Each car has a restroom, climate control, and windows that slide open or shut. One car on the train has a snack counter that offers a variety of snacks, sodas, iced tea, and water.
When do the RDC trains run?
RDC trains run starting Saturday, May 25.
The RDC trains run every Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August, September, and November from Reading Outer Station, stopping at Port Clinton, on the way to Jim Thorpe.
Do trains run rain, snow, or shine?
Yes, the trains will run regardless of the weather. If advanced tickets were purchased, and you cannot ride due to poor weather conditions, you may exchange your tickets for a future trip by contacting 610-562-2102.
All unused tickets are good forever, call 610-562-2102 for additional information.
What is Standard Coach? What is offered on the Snack Car?
Standard Coach is the seating accommodation provided on the RDC trains. Enjoy bus style seating and windows that slide open and shut. Seats can face each other, each seat can hold 2 people comfortably. Also for your convenience, there is a snack counter on the train that offers a variety of snacks, sodas, iced tea, water, etc. You may also bring food and drink on the train.
How much are train tickets for the RDC train excursions?
Standard Coach Seating:
Tickets are $35 per person from Reading Outer Station.
Tickets are $33 per person from Port Clinton Station.
Can unused tickets be refunded?
All unused tickets can be exchanged for other railroad trips by calling 610-562-2102. The ticket(s) to be exchanged must be intact with all stubs attached. Tickets that have only one stub remaining attached will not be accepted for exchange purposes.
If the future railroad trip you chose is a different, more costly trip, the unused ticket may be exchanged by paying the price difference.
Because of the different services/seating offered by the Reading and Northern Railroad and the increased popularity in rail excursions, if you have an unused ticket, it MUST be exchanged for a new one in advance.
Tickets cannot be exchanged on the day of the trip.
Please do not expect to just show up and be accommodated the day of the trip.
A ticket purchased is good forever until used, however, unused tickets must be exchanged in advance, not the day of the trip.
Train Tickets must be treated as cash.
Can tickets be purchased online?
Yes, RDC train tickets can simply be purchased by clicking the “Buy Now!” button next to the trip desired. You can also purchase tickets by calling 610-562-2102 or in person Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Schuylkill Haven Train Station on 12 West Main Street in Schuylkill Haven, PA.
Can you purchase tickets the day of the trip for Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe excursions?
Because of the popularity and limited seating available on the Reading and Northern Passenger trains, tickets are not offered for sale on the day of the scheduled trip. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased by mail, picked up in person at the Schuylkill Haven Station, 12 West Main St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972, or by phone at 610-562-2102. Tickets will be sent to you in the mail approximately 2 weeks before the date of your train trip.
Where does the RDC train go?
The RDC trains leave both Reading Outer Station and Port Clinton, PA. The train takes the Reading and Northern Railroad mainline approximately 120 miles round trip from Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe, “The Switzerland of America”. You will have approximately 3 hours to explore the attractions in historic downtown Jim Thorpe. Also, you will be able to take the 1:00 pm Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train into the beautiful Lehigh Gorge State Park. For more information, please visit www.lgsry.com or call 570-325-8485. The RDC train returns back to Port Clinton and Reading Outer Station.
How long does the RDC train ride last?
The train leaves promptly at 9:00 am from Reading Outer Station and 9:30 am from Port Clinton Station. The train ride is 2 hours and twenty minutes in duration each direction. Once in Jim Thorpe, you have a 3 hour window to enjoy historic downtown attractions. The train leaves promptly at 3:30 pm for the return trip. You will return back to Port Clinton Station by 5:30 pm and Reading Outer Station by 6:00 pm.
What Time does the 9:00 o'clock train depart?
At the Reading and Northern Railroad, we pride ourselves for on time passenger train departures. Due to the fact that Reading and Northern Railroad operates regularly scheduled trains, every effort to adhere to our advertised schedule is maintained and unless there are extenuating circumstances beyond our control, the 9:00 o'clock train (and all scheduled trains) will leave on time.
Are there restrooms available on the train?
Yes, restrooms are available on all trains. We pride ourselves on clean restrooms, please let us know if our restrooms are not up to your expectation.
Restrooms are also located at Reading Outer Station on the first floor of the switch tower located adjacent to the boarding area. In Port Clinton, restrooms are located inside the train station. In Jim Thorpe, restrooms are located in the train station.
Are there any other Reading and Northern Railroad Passenger train trips scheduled throughout the year?
Yes! Please check this website regularly for updates. Throughout the year, trips with non-profit organizations are created in cooperation with the Reading and Northern Railroad. Please look for details.