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All aboard for the Jim Thorpe charity train ride

Clockwise from top left, a conductor in vintage garb added to the flavor last year, around a bend in the Poconos, horse and buggy rides available in Jim Thorpe, exiting the White Haven Tunnel, gazebo near the historic Jim Thorpe train station.

Jim Thorpe photos submitted. Other by Diane Smiles

Clockwise from top left, a conductor in vintage garb added to the flavor last year, around a bend in the Poconos, horse and buggy rides available in Jim Thorpe, exiting the White Haven Tunnel, gazebo near the historic Jim Thorpe train station.

Jim Thorpe photos submitted. Other by Diane Smiles

Clockwise from top left, a conductor in vintage garb added to the flavor last year, around a bend in the Poconos, horse and buggy rides available in Jim Thorpe, exiting the White Haven Tunnel, gazebo near the historic Jim Thorpe train station.

Jim Thorpe photos submitted. Other by Diane Smiles

Clockwise from top left, a conductor in vintage garb added to the flavor last year, around a bend in the Poconos, horse and buggy rides available in Jim Thorpe, exiting the White Haven Tunnel, gazebo near the historic Jim Thorpe train station.

Jim Thorpe photos submitted. Other by Diane Smiles

Clockwise from top left, a conductor in vintage garb added to the flavor last year, around a bend in the Poconos, horse and buggy rides available in Jim Thorpe, exiting the White Haven Tunnel, gazebo near the historic Jim Thorpe train station.

Jim Thorpe photos submitted. Other by Diane Smiles

Take a ride back in time. See Historic Jim Thorpe. And at the same time help the Pittston Library, Greater Pittston YMCA and the Care and Concern Free Clinic raise much needed funds.

Do all this on the annual Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride to Jim Thorpe on Sunday, October 2.

The excursion, in 1920s era open window coaches pulled by a diesel locomotive, will leave Duryea at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The route climbs up Penobscot Mountain and passes through Laurel Run, Soloman’s Gap, White Haven, Tannery and Hickory Run. There will be plenty of free time to explore Jim Thorpe with its scores of specialty stores and several restaurants in preserved historic buildings.

The route features stunning views of the Poconos, the Leigh River and gorge and rides through two rock-cut tunnels, the White Haven Tunnel and the Rockport Tunnel, the only curved tunnel on the Reading and Northern Lines.

Tickets are $65 per person. Checks should be made payable to the Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, c/o Pittston Library, 47 Broad Street, Pittston, Pa. 18640.

Last year the ride was wildly successful as a fun-generator and a fund raiser as almost 700 riders raised $17,000 for the Pittston Library, Care and Concern Health Clinic and the Greater Pittston YMCA.

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