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“expensive and wasteful”

Stourbridge Rail Excursion
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Honesdale
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“expensive and wasteful”
Reviewed 11 October 2012

$15 for a slow train ride to a place where I can drive for free isn't worth 1/8 of my paycheck. Honesdale businesses would better attract local shoppers by bringing employment here to town instead.

Visited October 2012
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Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A Must Experience”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

Took this excursion on a lovely fall afternoon. It was just great. To see the beautiful colors of the foliage, a few deer and other small creatures in their own habitat and Mother Nature at her finest was perfect. A short stop for refreshments was welcome. You are given enough time to walk to the Zane Grey Museum and tour his lovely home nestled in a wooded area. Will definitely take this excursion again and take advantage of one of the themed trips offered. Will take the grandchildren to experience this.

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Manasquan, New Jersey, USA
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Stourbridge Railway Fall Foliage train ride was a nice ride”
Reviewed 5 October 2011

My husband is a train enthusiast, so it's our hobby to ride the rails whenever we can. We hadn't ridden on this line before, and since it's fall we decided to try the fall foliage tour, which is a four hour trip.

This train line is run by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and leaves from the Wayne County VIsitor's Center. The center is tucked away and a little tricky to find. It's a very cute building housing the ticket counter, rest rooms and pamphlets and fliers about the local area. We were there for the 9:30 a.m. train on Saturday, and lots of local vendors were pulling in and uppacking their wares to sell. Items available for purchase included honey, ice cream, fudge, vegetables and even a massage! Unfortunately, most of the vendors hadn't completed their set up, so we didn't get a chance to sample all of their wares.

The train platform is handicapped accessible, and we boarded and left on time. The countryside is very scenic, and there was some narration about the surrounding area from our conductor, Peggy. The engine that pulled the train was a diesel locomotive. It was kind of cool day, and they told us only the first two cars had heat so we sat in one of those.

The passenger coach that we sat in had the seats that flip back and forth. It was an older car, and the interior of the train was not restored to pristine condition. It was neat, but not in top notch condition. But the condition didn't detract from the ride.

The rail line follows the river, and the scenery was nice. Unfortunately we were too early to see any change in the color of the leaves, but we enjoyed the ride. It was a two hour ride to the end of the line. Since this trip was so long, they had arranged to have a local ladies auxiliary of the fire company open up a concession stand for lunch. We didn't have lunch there since we had brought a picnic with us. They also had restrooms available. One of the train cars also had a rest room, which we didn't try.

For people who didn't want to stop for lunch, there was a shuttle bus available to take us to the local attractions. (It was a school bus, and the driver was very friendly.) First stop was the Zane Grey house, where the famous author lived for a few years. Only a few rooms of the house have been restored to their original decor, but they were very interesting. The house is a National Park Service site, so bring your passport to have it stamped, if you are doing that.

The shuttle bus came around again, picked us up and dropped us off at the Roebling Viaduct. There was an intricate canal system which moved lots of goods, and the canal actually flowed over the river! This is another National Park Service site, and the rangers were very helpful and informative.

We hopped back on the bus and got back on the train. The ride back was a lot faster, and only took an hour. The whole journey lasted four hours.

Be advised, there is a "wandering minstrel" on this train. The gentleman has been entertaining rail passengers since 1971 with his accordian. He specialized in older tunes that everyone could sing along to, if they so desired. Our car of older folks joined in enthusiastically. He could play! Plus he told quite a few corny, train related jokes.

All in all, it was an enjoyable train ride. I especially enjoyed the Zane Grey house and aqueduct. My husband loved riding the rails, and he said that the tracks were in very good condition, which gave us a pretty smooth ride. Our only regret when we returned was that the vendors who had been unpacking and setting up when we arrived before the train ride were gone by the time we returned. So, we didn't get to buy that piece of fudge we were looking forward to. Next time we'll be prepared, and buy it early!

Visited October 2011
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