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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train is a horizontal drift mine.Enjoy an authentic anthracite adventure! Come take a tour inside our coal mine and take a scenic train ride on our old steam locomotive.
Pioneer Tunnel is 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 mine is inspected daily by the mine's foreman and periodically by state mine inspectors. The temperature inside the mine averages 52 degrees, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. The tour lasts about 35 minutes. Deep inside the mine, you will alight from your car and follow your miner-guide as you are given an explanation of how coal is mined. There are storyboards inside the mine depicting the mining operation. Your guide will point out the numerous coal seams and describe various configurations of passageways, some cut from solid rock in order to reach the coal. The tour is educational as well as entertaining. Pioneer Tunnel is located in Central Pennsylvania in Ashland, Schuylkill County. Rts. 61 and 54 meet and run together in Ashland.
Pioneer Tunnel is located in Central Pennsylvania in Ashland, Schuylkill County. Rts. 61 and 54 meet and run together in Ashland.
Open seasonally April- October. Coal Mine Tours: April Weekday & Weekend Hours: 11:00am, 12:30am, 2:00pm, May- October Weekday Tours: 11:00am, 12:30am, 2:00pm, May- October Weekend Tours: Continuously run between 10:00am- 5:00pm. May-October Train Ride Hours: Continuously run between 10:00am- 5:00pm. Gift Shop Hours: Open daily 10:00am- 3:00pm.