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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train

19th & Oak Sts., Ashland, PA 17921
717-875-3850
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Tour Pennsylvania's mining history at these mines.
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georgia
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158 reviews 158 reviews
72 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was looking for an interesting stop on our road trip and found reviews for this site. We had visited coal mine sites but not an anthracite coal mine. I knew that tours of the mine were offered at certain times so we planned to arrive early enough to buy our tickets. While we waited for the tour, we looked... More

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PA
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187 reviews 187 reviews
76 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

After having visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine, we decided to visit this site. Whereas at the Lackawanna Mine, you go down into the mine, at this site you travel horizontally into the mine. Since you are travelling into a mountain, you are actually 300 feet below the surface when the tram stops for the tour. The tour was very interesting... More

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Henrico, Virginia, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My husband and I had checked out of our bed and breakfast in Berks County that morning and were looking for something to do. I called ahead of time because we were over an hour away to make sure that it was open at the time and I asked the girl how often the coal mine rides ran because we... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was very informative and really funny. It was so creepy to be so deep inside the mountain, and at one point they turn the lights out! Coal mining is obviously a very difficult job, and I have great respect for those who do it. This tour was definitely worth... More

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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97 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Me and a friend were doing a Sunday fall foliage drive up to through eastern Pennsylvania coal country. As we drove into Ashland we saw a peculiar statue. Its Whistler's Mother sitting in a chair...bizzare..but just the type of weirdness that I like. The town has a main drag that's very long. Its easy to see how this street was... More

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Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We recently visited the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine where we donned jackets and rode a train into the tunnel where a guide told us about the rigors of coal mining. Be sure to wear a jacket or you will get cold since the temp averages 52 degrees. We had a large crowd of people on our tour so sometimes you... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Guide leaves out no information and he's great with kids. Very historical attraction with plenty of things to do.

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Huntingdon Valley, PA
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27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Stopped here with grandchildren and I was amazed at how interested the kids were. Our guide was great with the kids and held their attention with his stories. The mine itself was great and showed what the conditions were like when it was in use. Definitely a lesson in how hard life was then. Glad we had the experience. Good... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My kids were really amazed at the whole thing. Interesting but more importantly fun. About two hours start to finish for the train, the mine, and the gift shop.

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Being born in the area and having family that worked in coal mining industry for years this was a great opportunity to show my teenage daughter what it used to be like. The mine tour was very interesting and the guide was very informative. Make sure you take a jacket, which we did, it is quite cool down there but... More

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