Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, Ashland

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Must see · Mine · Tourist Spot
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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  • When I was very young my father took me to this tunnel but I don't remember anything about it. I recently took my grandson to visit it and boy did I learn a lot. Being older and more mature probably.....  more »
  • I went here nearly 40 years ago as a kid with my family and I had always wanted to bring my kids. We were planning to make our annual trip to Knoebels and saw that we had time to schedule a scenic...  more »
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  • We have been lucky enough to visit here twice. Both times we had excellent tour guides inside the mine and outside on the train. We thought we knew it all after the first visit 9 years ago, but we managed to learn more this time around. It's great for families. We highly recommend visiting!
  • We were here for the pioneer festival. I hadn't been here since I was a kid. Let me first say that the staff here is amazing! They all really know their stuff as well as how to treat customers! The food at the festival was good. The gift shop prices were fair. The tour prices were very affordable as well. We took the train ride first off to a little scenic spot (pictured). The guide there was really great. He knew lots about the mines, area as well as other local towns. We took the mine tour just in time for the pouring rain to hit. Luckily the gift shop sells hoodies! (It gets chilly down there). After the cart ride down into the mine you get off for a walking tour. It's amazing to see the interior structure of the mines first hand. As well as learn what life was like for the Miners. The tour was very informative as well as entertaining. There were jokes, songs & a moment in the darkness. We got to explore several different part of the mine. As I said all the staff were top notch! Thanks for a great time! Thanks for preserving our Pennsylvania history for future generations. We will be back again!

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