Reading & Northern Railroad to Run Holiday Trains, adds stop in Pittston


Northeastern Pennsylvania - Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad has begun operating holiday train rides featuring Santa and winter character specials from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Regional Railroad Station in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

It's the first time the Port Clinton-based Reading & Northern will offer the holiday train rides in the Pittston area.

"We are seeing enormous interest in our Pittston Santa trains, much as we have for our all-day excursions from Pittston to Jim Thorpe that began this year," said Russ Sicanna Jr., passenger office manager at Reading & Northern, in a press release. "We hope to continue these exciting new traditions for many years to come."

Santa trains will depart at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 16, 17, 23 and 24. The rides will last 80 minutes round trip and will return to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Regional Railroad Station.

Santa Claus and winter characters will ride on the heated trains, which will offer Christmas music and free treats. The winter character trips will depart the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Regional Railroad Station at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 26-29.