Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vets Ride Colebrookdale RR Free for Memorial Day

The Colebrookdale Railroad continues to make progress toward full operation as well as partnering with area organizations to make the most of what’s working now.

For example, all this weekend — Saturday, Sunday and Monday — veterans can ride for free on the Secret Valley Line excursion train from Boyertown to Pottstown and then back again.

“We deeply thank all of our vets for their service to this great nation. Please join us in memory of those we gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Nathaniel Guest, director of the Colebrookdale Preservation Trust, which operations the railroad.

The offer is for military personnel, both currently serving and retired, so long as proof of service is offered at the Gatehouse.

On Saturday, the railroad has partnered with the Boyertown Relay for Life, which will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, hoagies and other items to support Relay for Life’s fundraising efforts to fight cancer with the American Cancer Society.

And on Saturday and Sunday, the Other Farm Brewing Company will offer hard cider and freshly baked apple pie.

On Memorial Day, in addition to food and drink, a special flag-raising ceremony will be held at the Boyertown Railroad Yard at noon to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their nation.

There will be a moment of silence during the playing of TAPS.

Built is 1869, the Colebrookdale Railroad was completed by soldiers home from the Civil War just four months after the Transcontinental Railroad united the East and West.

The Colebrookdale is an 8.6-mile long record of epic engineering and heroic human drama.

To make your reservations or to learn more about the Colebrookdale Railroad, go to

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