The Journey Begins Trainman Glenn Havelock is one of the many faces passengers see as they board the Great Pumpkin Train in the station at Phillipsburg.
Run by the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, the train—with its vintage-style steam locomotive and five former Long Island Railroad cars from the 1950s—travels 16 miles round trip to its destination in Riegelsville and back.
Along the way, passengers get to see a hidden countryside, historic lime kilns and sharp cliffs as the train hugs the Delaware River.
Engineer Don Chaudruc (in window) and student fireman Keegan Forke direct passengers on and off the train as it stops in Carpentersville, where passengers can stretch their legs at the pumpkin patch.
At this stop, riders can stay awhile and explore a 13-acre corn maze—cut in the shape of an old prospector and mine cart—or go mining for gems ($5 extra per person for each activity).
The excursion is perfect for people of all ages, says Chris Cotty, vice president and general manager of the nonprofit. Along the journey, passengers like Nataly and Anthony Taylor of Maryland listen to a public address system, keyed by GPS, that describes sights and local history as the train passes.
Picking out a free pumpkin is part of the experience, as demonstrated by passengers Jeff and Amy Hawrylo of Milford with their children Gavin and Paige.
“The first time you see a youngster see a train like this, their eyes open completely and their mouth sits agape and then you understand why we do this,” Cotty says. “It’s a fun day.”
The Great Pumpkin Train: Weekends in October, train leaves 11 AM, noon, 2 PM and 3:30 PM. $11 per child, $17 pr adult. 99 Elizabeth Street, Phillipsburg.Click here to leave a comment