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New Hope Railroad taking part in special event


The New Hope Railroad’s steam engine No. 40 will be part of the borough of North Wales’ 150th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 18.

It is the first time in 34 years that No. 40 has left the rails of the New Hope station, the last time being in 1985.

As part of the festivities, the railroad will offer four, 40-minute excursions over the SEPTA mainline between the North Wales and Gwynedd Valley stations, traveling over the rails of the Bethlehem Branch that once connected the City of Philadelphia with the Lehigh Valley and the anthracite coal fields beyond.

The train, powered by its vintage 1925 Baldwin-built engine, will offer both Coach and First Class seating in passenger cars original to the route. While on board, riders can enjoy rich mahogany interiors and plush upholstered seating while listening to a special narration about the sights and sounds of a simpler time.

Seating is very limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Call 215-862-2332.