Our destination is now the little hamlet of Riegelsville NJ, situated right on the Delaware River. The train will pull in to our beautifully restored train station. Riegelsville PA is just across the river and is joined by the famous Roebling wire rope bridge constructed in 1904. The train leaves Phillipsburg at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for a 2 hour round trip. Once in Riegelsville you may detrain and explore the area, and take any train back. There are two local taverns. Hootz Bar and Grille right next to our station and The Riegelsville Inn just across the Roebling bridge in PA ( 200 feet away). We strongly suggest letting the restaurant know what time the train will be leaving so you dont miss your train.
Enjoy our many activities along the line. The Gem Stone Mine is open May to October ( The Mine Train). This is only a $8.00 add on to your regular train ticket. In late August come play the game where getting lost is half the fun, ride the Corn Maze train.
The Delaware River, which originates in New York state, runs along the Pennsylvania-New York, New Jersey-Pennsylvania, and New Jersey-Delaware borders on its way to the Atlantic ocean. It's one of the major rivers in the eastern United States, and also one of the cleanest, environmentally. Beautiful little towns, scenic wild areas, and major cities like Philadelphia dot its banks. There are many ways to enjoy and explore the Delaware River, including many annual events that span the full calendar year and a range of interests and activities.
Traffic across the Delaware River at Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, was handled by Wendel and Anthony Shenk's oar powered ferries until December 15, 1837, when a three-span woodenwas opened to horse, wagon, and pedestrian use. The Pennsylvania and New Jersey legislatures had approved the formation of the private Riegelsville Delaware Bridge Corporation in 1835 and the company engaged Soon Chapin and James Madison Porter of Easton, Pennsylvania as the contractors. A major flood struck the Delaware Valley on January 8, 1841, just three years after the bridge opened, and the span nearest the Jersey shore was destroyed. The bridge was repaired and survived another flood in June 1862.
The "Pumpkin Flood" occurred on October 10, 1903, and the Delaware waters rose to 33.8 feet (10.3 m) above normal. The two spans nearest to New Jersey were quickly swept down the river. The third section collapsed soon after.Thewire rope and engineering firm of John A. Roebling's Sons Co., based in Trenton, New Jersey, were soon commissioned and replaced the covered bridge with a cable suspension bridge. This new bridge incorporated the original piers which were repaired and raised several feet, allowing it to survive major damage from the flood of 1936 and to come through a 1955 deluge relatively unscathed. Together, the three spans are 585 feet (178 m) in length and the final cost of construction was $30,000. It opened on April 18, 1904.
Our train cars originally came from the Long Island Railroad dating from the 1950's and have been lovingly restored by our volunteers.
No. 142 was built in the Peoples Republic of China in 1989 by the TangShan Locomotive Works. Until 2000, TangShan was the last place in the world that made production steam engines. The locomotive resembles trains from an era long ago. The engine, with tender, weighs approximately 154 tons, including 13 tons of coal and 6,600 gallons of water. The engine is hand-fired, which means someone has to shovel coal into the firebox to keep the fire hot enough to make steam. No. 142 is 14'6" high, 10'8" wide, and with tender, 75'3" long
For an additional fee ( only $5.00) add the Susquehanna Mining Company to your adventure. Learn the amusing and trajic history of the mine and pan for gem stones you can take home! From late August to the end of October play the game where getting lost is half the fun! Come explore the Corn Maze. this is also only a $5.00 add on when purchasing tickets.