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Santa Express 2018 is SOLD OUT

posted Nov 5, 2018, 3:39 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

Once again, our hugely popular Santa Express train rides have sold out in record time! A huge thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for their continued interest in this event. We couldn't do this without you.

If you missed out on tickets this year, the same train set is available the three weekends leading up to BHRS's weekend in Sunbury, Williamsport, and Bloomsburg. Please consider checking out our neighboring groups and purchasing tickets from them:



Please note: BHRS may reserve a few tickets from the initial offering to allow us to properly process all ticket orders and ensure the train is not oversold. Due to the nature of the seating on the train and the desire to seat parties together, not every possible seat may be taken. We try to make as many tickets available as possible, while trying to ensure that everyone can be seated comfortably. 


Due to the tremendous demand for tickets and the speed at which the rides sell out, we may adjust the number of seats available after the initial sales rush. To be as fair as possible, we will release any available seats at 8:00 am, November 30th; however, we cannot guarantee that any seats will be available on that date.


Returns will be permitted through November 30th on Eventbrite. Note: If you return tickets, you will receive a refund, but it is unlikely that you will be able to exchange for another date or time. Please plan your purchases carefully.


Returned tickets will be placed back in stock immediately. If you are unable to purchase tickets on November 1st, we suggest you check back regularly in case tickets become available due to returns. Also check back on November 30th, as noted above.


Finally, please be aware that BHRS does not own the train cars used for the Santa Express. We can only use these cars for one weekend because they are needed for other events. We are an all-volunteer organization and we try our best to accommodate as many people as possible for the Santa Express rides. We know demand is high and it is frustrating to those who don't get tickets. We do our best to make the most rides available that we can. Please be considerate of this if you contact one of our volunteers. 


We are always happy to have new members, so if you would like to help BHRS improve our services, we would love to have you join us.


Work party in Lemont, Nov 3 2018

posted Nov 5, 2018, 3:26 PM by Andrew Cobaugh

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, a small crew of volunteers replaced, tamped, ballasted, and plated 13 ties in Lemont.

A huge thanks to Gene for organizing and leading this effort. The pictures and captions are also courtesy of Gene.

A future work party is planned to install one remaining tie and spike everything.


Ballasting and tamping:  Cody awaits some more stone in order to get it under the new tie as Mel delivers it to him from the cart. Each new tie was installed so that it could be completely supported and surrounded by new stone.




2.  Moving that big rock:  Andy C. contemplates the effort that will be required to move the rock as George and Cody dig out a hole for it to rest in once it finds its new home.  Took four of us with pry bars to get the job done!



Digging out the old ties:  George and Andy C. worked ahead of the others who were doing the ballasting and tamping by digging out and removing the old ties. Most of the ties came out in one piece, though some didn't. Most of the existing ballast is cinders, which was quite common with RRs during the steam era, and it is fairly easy to dig in. However, here and there we encountered large stones (2 - 3") in the ballast. Still, though, a good amount of work with a pick was required to get the crib ready for the new tie.


Santa Express 2018 on sale November 1

posted Oct 23, 2018, 11:05 AM by Andrew Cobaugh   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 3:15 AM ]

Santa Express 2018 will once again go on sale at 8AM on Thursday, November 1. Tickets are priced at $12, kids 2 and under sitting on an adult's lap ride for free. We will also have the Caboose available to rent in its entirety for $300 as we did last year.

These tickets sell out within a day of going on sale, frequently within hours, so be sure to set a reminder for 8AM next Thursday!

Tickets can be purchased by heading over to our ticket window, or by going straight to our Eventbrite page.

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bhrs-santa-express-train-rides-december-15-17-2017-tickets-39146282585 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 info@bellefontetrain.org 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.

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