A Rail First: Colebrookdale Trains to Run from Pottstown

A Rail First: Colebrookdale Trains to Run from Pottstown

POTTSTOWN PA – Holiday train excursions being offered by the Colebrookdale Railroad between Dec. 16 and 24 (2022) will depart “for the first time ever” from its Steel River Station in Pottstown, located at 61 W. King St. (at left), the tourist railroad announced Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2022).

The special 35-minute trips on its Christmas-themed cars are particularly suited to younger riders who often are “not ready to be seated” for the railroad’s customary two-hour excursions, it said.

Dubbed as “The Haunted Magical Yuletide Express,” these limited holiday runs appeal to passengers of all ages but especially to fans of the Harry Potter book series. Santa will ride the rails to visit “the world of witchcraft and wizardry in style,” it added.

The Express consists of one locomotive and two spooky train cars that have been spelled as “Phoenix” and “Patronus.” Train riders will enter the ghostly chambers of seemingly-abandoned trains for their 35-minute adventures.

Train car decorator and long-time Colebrookdale volunteer Joan Hannahoe explains that “guests will enter the winter wonderland, and stroll the Great Hall,” where magical charms abound. Children can find an invisibility cloak, try their magic with a snowflake-making spell, sway to the music of a Yule Ball, gaze in wonder at enchanted snow falling from the starry night ceiling, and discover a grotto full of fairy lights.

Because this is the inaugural season of The Express, no bathrooms are available on board and the train will not be wheelchair accessible; riders are asked to plan accordingly. The train will depart from and return to the West King Street site.

About Steel River Station

Groundbreaking for Steel River Station was held in March 2019. Designed in the French Renaissance style (at top), the station will connect the railroad to other nearby tourist destinations that include the Carousel at Pottstown and Pottsgrove Manor, the historic home of ironmaster and borough founder John Potts.

The station project is funded by grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multi-modal Transportation Fund, Montgomery and Berks counties, the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, the Scott and Susan Bentley Fund, Carl and Sylvia Landis, and Peggy Whittaker. The Pottstown Rotary Club sponsors improvements to support accessibility and boarding.

Rendering of the exterior of Steel River Station in Pottstown, provided by The Colebrookdale Railroad
Station photo by Kevin Lytle, provided by the photographer and the Colebrookdale Railroad, and used with permission