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CANCELLED: Curtain Village Children's Day Speeder Rides

posted Aug 5, 2018, 5:41 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

We are sad to report that the Curtain village Children's Day, which was scheduled for August 18, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

Our next scheduled event is now our annual Fall Foliage and Halloween train excursions in October.

Fall Foliage and Halloween 2018

posted Jul 31, 2018, 8:22 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

Tickets for Fall Foliage and Halloween 2018 will go on sale online at 8AM (EDT) on August 1 through Eventbrite:

The schedule can be seen on the Eventbrite page, and also on our Fall Foliage ticket page

This year we are adding a new trip to Port Matilda. This is a much shorter version of our Tyrone excusion, stopping at the town of Port Matilda, then returning to Bellefonte for those that wish to see the area West of Milesburg in the Bald Eagle Valley but who may not have the time or desire to spend 4 hours going all the way to Tyrone.

We do hope to return to Lemont in the future, but unfortunately the tracks along Route 26 are still being used for car storage.

Santa Express 2017

posted Oct 29, 2017, 8:25 PM by Andrew Richards

Tickets for Santa Express go on sale 8am on November 1st.  Don't miss out on the fun!

New this year you can rent the caboose!  Your party, up to 16 people can enjoy riding together in the caboose.  Hot chocolate will be served on board and you are welcome to bring other snacks (Caboose Only).  Only one caboose is available per trip.  Please note that Santa and friends will not visit the caboose, but will be available for pictures, at the station, after the rides.

This year's rides are December 15-17th and we have added an extra train to try to accommodate demand, but please note that tickets typically sell out within hours of going on sale.

View times (available now) and purchase tickets (available 11/1/2017) here: Click "Details" to see the ride times and purchase tickets.

All seats (except the caboose rental) are $12 plus processing fees.  Trips last approximately one hour, round trip. Times:
Friday 12/15/2017 departures at: 4, 6, and 8PM
Saturday 12/16/2017 and Sunday 12/17/2017 departures at: 10am, Noon, 2, 4, and 6pm

Fall 2017 Excursions

posted Aug 7, 2017, 8:04 AM by Andrew Richards

2017 Halloween and Fall Foliage Excursion Trips are now on sale at our ticket window.

Join us the weekend of October 27, 28 & 29th for family fun on our annual Fall Excursions.

Due to popular demand, this year we have added a 4pm Halloween trip.

Halloween trips are a short (1hr) excursion designed to be family friendly.  For a longer ride check out our Fall Foliage excursions to Pleasant Gap, Tyrone and Sayers Dam.  See the flyer or ticket window for pricing and more detailed information.

Curtin Village Children's Day

posted Aug 1, 2017, 8:32 PM by Andrew Richards   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 6:41 PM by Tom Canich ]

Join BHRS at Curtin Village on August 5th for Children's Day at Eagle Iron Works. 

We will host speeder and pump car rides from 11am-4pm.  Speeder rides are $2 per person,and try out the pump car for just $1 per person.

Find out more at: Curtin Village Children's Day

2016 Fall Foliage and Halloween Rides

posted Sep 26, 2016, 3:44 PM by Andrew Cobaugh   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 6:44 PM by Tom Canich ]

2016 Fall Foliage flyer
We’re happy to announce that tickets for the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society’s Halloween and Fall Foliage rides are on sale once again! Please note that this year’s excursions will be held the weekend of October 21-23.

On Friday, October 21th, we will be hosting our annual Halloween trips departing at 6 PM and 8 PM.  These family-friendly rides will last about an hour, and kids of every age are encouraged to join in the fun by wearing their costumes on board! As you rumble down the line be prepared for a cast of Halloween visitors bearing tricks and treats to visit your car. Tickets are $10 per person for each Friday ride. Join us for some Halloween fun!

Saturday the 22nd brings our first of two Fall Foliage excursions.  Enjoy the beautiful fall sunshine and some spectacular leaf peeping. At 10 AM, the train will head into Pleasant Gap for a 2-hour excursion.   At 1 PM, we will be heading south through the Bald Eagle Valley all the way into Tyrone.  Once we arrive in Tyrone enjoy snacks for sale and a bit of fresh air at the station. Or, stroll downtown for an ice cream, stretch your legs and explore the borough.  Tickets are $15 for the Pleasant Gap run and $30 for the Tyrone trip. 

On Sunday we have two separate trips to Sayers Dam new Howard, PA, departing at 1 PM and 4 PM. Tickets are $20 for both trips. Unfortunately, due to usage of the Lemont, PA branch line for tank car storage, we are unable to travel to Lemont this year.

To purchase tickets, head over to the ticket window.  If you have any questions, send us an email at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

See you on the train!

Speeder Rides at the Bellefonte Fall Festival

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:49 AM by Andrew Cobaugh   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 6:46 PM by Tom Canich ]

Speeder Rides advertisement
Take a trip back in time through fall foliage on mini track-work rail cars during the Bellefonte Fall Festival on October 15, 2016.

These speeder cars, owned by members of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society, are small track work cars used by railroads prior to the advent of Hi-Rail equipment (trucks with rail wheels). 

This short speeder trip will run alongside Talleyrand Park from the Bellefonte Train Station to the PA MatchFactory and back.

Rides run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15, and are only $1 per rider. Tickets are available at the event. More info here.

Summer 2016 Speeder Events

posted Apr 12, 2016, 7:23 AM by Andrew Cobaugh

Once again, we have several Speeder rides scheduled for this Summer. Mark your calendars now!

Lemont Strawberry Festival

  • June 11, 2016 - 3PM to 7PM

Lemont Arts Fest

  • July 16, 2016 - 10AM to 4PM
  • July 17, 2016 - 12PM to 4PM
Ticket prices are: $3 for adults$2 for children 12 and under. Tickets are sold in the Granary next to the track right before you board. No pre-sales.

Be sure to check out the Lemont Village Association's website for more details on their Strawberry Festival and first annual Arts Fest, as well as other events in Lemont you may be interested in.

See the poster below for more details.

Summer Speeder Rides 2016 Flyer

Summer Speeder Rides

posted Mar 8, 2015, 8:04 AM by Andrew Cobaugh

Once again, BHRS will be offering several opportunities to ride the rails in Lemont by speeder this summer!


Lemont Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 4PM to 8PM
Lemont Arts Fest
Saturday, July 12, 2015 - 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 12PM to 5PM

Ticket prices are: $3 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under. Tickets are sold in the Granary next to the track right before you board. No pre-sales.

Be sure to check out the Lemont Village Association's website for more details on their Strawberry Festival and first annual Arts Fest, as well as other events in Lemont you may be interested in.

See the poster below for more details.

Summer speeder rides poster

RDC 9167 Hits the road

posted Dec 15, 2014, 11:37 PM by Andrew Richards

9167 Gets prepared for the move
Wide swingNew tires
NS 10A passes the work site9167 Gets a lift
Lift truck?
Leaving Blazer Enterprises
9167 crests Skytop Mountain9167 Turns onto Valley Vista Dr.
On Friday, the Nittany and Bald Eagle RR moved the car from the siding at Cerro/Titan Energy to the siding at Blazer Enterprises near Wingate.  

On Monday morning, #9167 got a lift from a big crane. The car was lifted off of its trucks, one end at at time and placed onto highway wheels for the drive to Columbia, PA.  The lift job took about 3 hours and other prep work took several more.  The car departed via PA 220 to I-99.  That may be the very first time a railroad car has been over Skytop Mountain!

We were treated to 2 trains passing by during the work day, both the NBER local turn and NS 10A bound for Northumberland.

Special thanks go out to Titan Energy Park, and to Blazer Enterprises, for donating the use of their sidings and property for this project. 

A big thank you also to the Nittany and Bald Eagle RR, for moving the RDC to and from its various work sites at no charge.  We could not have made this project work without the support of the NBER!

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