Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, Ashland

Pioneer Tunnel is a tourist attraction located in Ashland, PA. The tourist attraction has a coal mine tour, steam train ride, a gift shop, and food shop.

The Coal Mine Tour is described as a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800 feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip in comfort, riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine motor.

The steam train ride allows you to travel back through time on an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive, the Henry Clay. Built in the 1920's, The Henry Clay takes you on a scenic three-quarter mile ride around the side of Mahanoy Mountain to show you another kind of mining called strip mining. You'll visit the Mammoth Stripping, an area where an unusually thick seam of anthracite known as the Mammoth Vein outcrops to the surface of the earth.
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  • We took our grandkids (ages 4 and 8) to the tour which includes a mining cart ride into a coal mining tunnel and a narrow gauge train ride up to the site of a bootleg coal mine and strip mine. It was ...  more »
  • This was our second visit. The first visit was ten or 11 years ago. This one was just as good, if not better. We had extremely knowledgeable staff who answered everyone's questions and offered up info...  more »
  • Excellent place to bring the whole family! Very fun, and educational for the kids. Bring a light jacket. Even in the Summer, it gets chilly down inside the mine.
  • Great steam train ride to the pumpkim patch this year. Great view from the patch for photo op. My son loved it. Definitely recommend.

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