Northern Central Reading Express {{{Giveaway}}}

Join the Northern Central Railway for these unforgettable family adventures this August & September!

By Northern Central Railway July 31, 2022

Ride the rails with the Northern Central Railway this summer and enjoy these unforgettable family adventures! 

Reading Express

Get on board for the Reading Express! Enjoy the scenery of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park as you listen to a story read by our special guest, Raven Eckman. She will be reading from the first book of her Booglie’s Adventure Series, Itchy Pants. Then, you can create your own monster! Pick up a copy of the book and get it signed by the author.

Friday, August, 12- 10:00am

This excursion is approximately 1 hour.

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Superhero Express

All aboard the Superhero Express! 

This excursion to Glen Rock and back will include some superhero guests aboard. Join in the fun and come dressed as your favorite superhero. Crafts and lots of hero-themed fun await you on this not to be missed experience suitable for all ages.

Saturday, August 13- 11:00am & 1:00pm

This excursion is approximately 1 hour, but please allow time for themed activities after the train’s return.

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Ice Cream Express

All Aboard for Ice Cream! Start your weekend with a roundtrip ride from New Freedom to Railroad while enjoying a sweet treat! 

This special Friday evening ride is offered at a special price!

Adults $15 Children $10

Friday, August 19 -6:00 pm

Ice cream cup is included in the ticket price.
Cars are pushed/pulled by our diesel locomotive.
This excursion is approximately 30 minutes.

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Meddling Kid’s Special

Like, zoinks guys! Don’t be a scaredy cat (or dog) and climb aboard for a special trip. You will meet your favorite meddling kids and their big brown dog on this family-friendly adventure. Allow extra time after the train returns for some mystery-solving, groovy fun on Freedom Green that will have you say, “Jinkies!”

Saturday, September 24 - 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

This excursion is approximately 1 hour but please allow time for crime-solving activities after the train return

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Campfire Flyer with Meddling Kids

Ruh Roh! There might be some meddling kids aboard this evening excursion to Glen Rock, PA We will stop for 90 minutes at Railroad Park for a campfire (weather permitting). You might even meet a crime-solving dog and solve a mystery. If you come through you can have yourself a snack—that’s a fact—by roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturday, September 24 - 6:30 pm

This excursion is approximately 2 ½ hours.

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We are pleased to announce one lucky Macaroni KID subscriber will win a family 4 pack of tickets for the  ReadingExpress!

  Click here by 9 pm Wednesday, August 10th to enter. 

Good luck! 

About the Northern Central Railway: Northern Central Railway of York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, charitable organization, located in New Freedom, PA. The historic attraction, with a replica 1860s steam locomotive and a GP9 diesel engine, hosts excursions that educate, entertain, and enlighten. In the past 6 years, Northern Central Railway has contributed over $20 million in direct and indirect revenue to the County of York, PA. Memberships are available; donations are tax-deductible, and volunteering is strongly encouraged. Please check the website for additional information about us, or to find details regarding the excursions at You can also call 717-942-2370 or find us on Facebook here.