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“The Good and the Bad”

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Ranked #5 of 29 things to do in New Hope
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Owner description: A scenic train ride through the Pennsylvania countryside.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“The Good and the Bad”
Reviewed October 7, 2008

The pros of the ride are: 1. Excellent equipment
2. Excellent scenery
3. Good commentary on the train about
the equipment and route

The cons of the ride are: 1. The price for tickets is fairly high
2. The price for "1st Class" is a rip-off
for what you get
3. The parking price is also a rip-off

It's worth a visit but as previous posters have said you need to park on the street or in the shopping area that is next to the station. And coach is the only ticket worth buying.
Also if you need to call for any information outside of Memorial Day to Labor Day good luck getting in touch with an actual person.

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NJ
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
Reviewed August 10, 2008

I agree with one of earlier review that this short rail trip is overpriced. Train takes you from New Hope to Lahaska station and making round trip in 30 minutes. Dont consider this a big fun for kids.
Dont park in the $15 parking if you only plan to enjoy this ride, use the meter parking on road side. New hope town is beautifull and take a walk down the bridge.

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3 Thank shashia
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Brooklyn, NY
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“worth every penny”
Reviewed July 7, 2008

My husband, 8 month old daughter and I took a ride on the railroad this past weekend. We loved it! We weren't sure whether to choose to ride coach ($15pp) or first class ($23pp)...coach didn't have a/c, but the windows were open, and first class had a/c, but you couldn't open the windows. For an $8 difference per person in price, we went with the coach tickets. We were very happy with our decision. There wasn't a need for a/c once the train got moving, and it was really nice to be be more "one" with the surroundings. The ride was wonderful, about 45 min long. The conductor told stories as we went along, and the scenery was beautiful. The train itself was really cool, too...everything seemed to be original, and it was really interesting to look around. We all had little pieces of coal on ourselves when the ride was over, so I'd just beware of that if you're wearing something really fancy and white. :)

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2 Thank mskristin
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Loved the train”
Reviewed June 30, 2008

The train is expensive, but the restored condition is great. We had first class tickets - which gets you air-conditioning and access to the bar. Both worth the up charge on a hot June day.

It’s a short out and back trip with mainly wooded sections and houses. We did see two deer on the side of the tracks. But the experience was great.

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Silver Spring, MD
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Overpriced, enjoyable train ride”
Reviewed June 19, 2008

The 40 minute train ride is definitely overpriced at $15.50 a person, including the $1 AAA discount per ticket. Another group riding the train at the same time had to pay for the infant riding in her mother's lap. No ticket prices are posted. The man selling the tickets was really unfriendly and barely communicative. Not good for business, I'd say.

The train ride is relaxing and enjoyable. A narration of the historical significance of sites along the way and the railroad itself is provided.

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