Nostalgic trains resume operations from Jim Thorpe

By KYW Newsradio 1060
JIM THORPE (KYW Newsradio) — The operator of a nostalgic passenger rail train and officials in the Carbon County town of Jim Thorpe have apparently resolved their dispute over an amusement tax and the trains have begun running again.

Matt Fischer, general manager of the passenger department of Reading and Northern Railroad, said this is the second weekend the trains will be running.

"At this point we’re going to run the trains daily through Labor Day – September 7," Fischer explained. "And, we're going to gauge to see how many people actually ride. But we will definitely be running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of September.

"Then also we're looking to do trips to Jim Thorpe for October and it looks like we'll be running the Lehigh Gorge train from Jim Thorpe into the Lehigh Gorge and back."

Fischer said riders on the Jim Thorpe trains will be required to wear masks for the 70-minute trip to the Lehigh Gorge and back.

He also explained the railroad added more open air cars to the trains so passengers can spread out to maintain social distancing.

The town and the tourists are happy to see the trains back, according to Fischer.

"The railroad attracts many different types of riders," he said. "We'll have people from infants to elderly people, tourists, local families and the rail enthusiasts as well."

Neither Fischer nor town officials would comment on the resolution of the dispute which had derailed the service twice within the past several months.​