Mountaintop Rotary Club Slates Return Of Steam Train Excursion
By NICOLE FAY BARR
Correspondent
A STEAM TRAIN EXCURSION sponsored by the Mountaintop Rotary Club is scheduled for July 23. The two-hour ride will cover 33 scenic miles from here to Jim Thorpe. For ticket information call Michelle Reilly at 570-715-7752.

The Mountaintop Rotary Club is thrilled to announce the return of its Steam Train Excursion, a fundraiser that allows participants to enjoy a luxurious scenic summer ride on a steam locomotive.

The all-day event, to be held on Saturday, July 23, has many in the community already enthusiastic and Rotary Club President Michelle Reilly expects tickets to sell out fast. “There’s limited ticket sales, so don’t wait until the last minute,” she said. “People are absolutely excited.”

Part of the reason the event is so popular, Michelle related, is that, these days, there is little to no opportunity for people to be able to board a steam train in Mountaintop and get a tour of this area’s picturesque beauty.

The train –Reading and Northern Railroad’s #425 -will leave from the top of Gracedale Avenue, in Fairview Township, at 9:30 a. m., with boarding beginning at 8:30 a. m. Parking is provided at the Mountaintop Hose Company, where participants will be offered a shuttle ride to the train’s boarding area.

Riders will then begin the two-hour, 33-mile scenic tour from here to Jim Thorpe, passing through two tunnels and alongside a breathtaking waterfall. Passengers will be able to disembark the train in Jim Thorpe, at approximately 11:30 a. m., and spend the afternoon in the historic tourist town, boarding the train to return to Mountaintop at 4 p. m.

The train excursion will run rain or shine and is open to all ages. Michelle noted that it is a nice event for families to enjoy together.

Tickets cost $70 and are available either at the Triangle Pharmacy, on South Main Street, through eventbrite.com,or rotarytrainride.com.Tickets must be purchased ahead and will not be sold on the day of the event. For more information, contact Michelle at 570-715-7752.

The Rotary Club hosted the train excursion two years ago and it was a success. Michelle, who was elected as club president last July, stated then that one of her goals was to bring the event back to Mountaintop.

“We are anticipating another huge success again this year,” she added of bringing the train excursion back.

The Rotary Club is a non-profit organization, one of many throughout the world, that brings together professionals to provide services to the community. Other events the Mountaintop club have planned this year to raise funds for the less fortunate include a 5K run and the annual Taste of the Mountain event.

On April 19, the Rotary also held its second business mixer of the year at King’s Pizza. The mixers allow local professionals to network and fraternize and also give them an opportunity to hear speakers on various topics.

This month’s speaker was Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino/Hotel President Mike Bean and Mohegan Sun Arena General Manager Brian Sipe who spoke about upcoming events at their facilities.

At the mixer, the club also honored Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank for his long-time service to the Mountaintop community. Swank recently retired after 40 years on the bench.