Thursday, October 23, 2014

Colebrookdale Railroad's Bonfire Express Tomorrow


For Friday, Oct. 24 – all ticket prices are reduced for Bonfire Express rides of 6 p.m. or later to:
Adults: $18
Children: $10
Toddlers: $2

The Colebrookdale Railroad's Secret Valley Line excursions have a special treat for Friday riders, a full-fledged fall bonfire.

"Join us for a short night-time trip from the Boyertown Rail Yard to the site of the lost iron-making village of Colebrookdale. Warm your hands by the crackling fire and enjoy some fall snacks. These Friday evening rides will offer Bonfire Express which includes a short jaunt up the line to a fire pit where visitors can enjoy s'mores, spiced hot apple cider and the most beautiful fall foliage available in the northeast," according to the release from the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust.
Mercury Photo by Tom Kelly
Madison Robb from Oley was on the first ride.

"Children in costume will be entered into our costume contest on-board.  Passengers are asked to bring a flashlight. Passengers are encouraged to bring a blanket and folding chairs if they desire. Weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers, dress warmly, and wear sturdy close-toed, flat shoes. Bathroom facilities located in the Boyertown Rail Yard only."

The railroad opened for its first public rides Saturday and drew big crowds.

Click here for The Mercury's coverage of the first ride.

"Visitors to the Colebrookdale in 2014-2015, its pre-opening season, will get a sneak peek at the world-class attraction in the making.  Expeditions depart from the future sites of the Boyertown and Pottstown train stations and (Boyertown only in 2014). Visitors can watch our progress as coaches are restored and stations are planned and constructed."

For October 2014, the Colebrookdale experience will be a hayride-on-rails, with our circa 1910 open car, 1941 caboose, 1927 coach, reported to be haunted!

The line’s towering trestles and steep rock cuts, lost in the deep woods of the Ironstone and
The caboose and primary engine of the Secret Valley Line
Manatawny valleys, are sheltered by ancient forests of the Secret Valley once held sacred by the native tribes who lived here.  Connecting the oldest ironworking sites in the new world, the Colebrookdale takes you through another place and time.

Rides occur Every Saturday and Sunday and selected Friday evenings.

Typical schedule has trains departing at 10:30, 1:00, 3:30; 6:00 PM Saturdays (but check for daily schedule and special events)

Tickets available on website and, on train days, at the gatehouse on Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, adjacent to the railroad tracks.


  1. somewhat pricey? I dont see how people will be able to pay this amount of money.

  2. $100 to bring my lady n 2 - 3yr & 4yr old girls?

  3. Let's remember folks, they're in the process of raising money. Why would they ignore this potential source of revenue by giving it away?

  4. And it seems they heard you folks. Prices are reduced this weekend. See above.