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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train

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Address: 19th & Oak Sts., Ashland, PA 17921
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(570) 875-3850
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Tour Pennsylvania's mining history at these mines.

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Coal Train

This tour was amazing. Riding old coal train into coal mine, seeing actual veins of coal. Our guide was very nice and informative. Lots of places for picnics, extremely kid... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
Josh J
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

This tour was amazing. Riding old coal train into coal mine, seeing actual veins of coal. Our guide was very nice and informative. Lots of places for picnics, extremely kid friendly.

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1 Thank Josh J
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Finished our nearby covered bridge tour with in-laws early, so went over to Ashland for Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine Tour. It had been over 20 years since last there, and it hadn't changed. In other words still an excellent tour and we have been too many mine tours not only in the PA anthracite region but across the U.S. Prices... More 

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Suffern, New York
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

We went on both the cave tour and the steam train tour, and both were very interesting! The tour guides and tours were different, and told about different aspects of coal mining. The train guide was very welcome to questions, but both were knowledgeable! What a dangerous and hard life coal miners had/have! Just be aware that the coal mine... More 

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2 Thank MEEEK
Ashland, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Coming from a family that were coal miners, an uncle, grandfather and father, it was an awesome experience to be able to go into the coal mine and experience some of what my family must have experienced for many years. It made all the stories I have heard over the years more surreal!

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1 Thank mrsjt410
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Really interesting to know how those coal miners work in dark and cold place. My kids enjoyed riding on both steam train and coal train. Be sure to bring jackets or sweatshirt on coal tour. It's really cold! Oh by the way, if ya have an hearing loss...they have an script of tour paper available! They also have a nice... More 

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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Too rushed. Groups too large. Could have been very interesting. When you stop to take pictures, you don't hear about the next stop. Anyone in the back of the group couldn't hear the guide. If you have the time and means visit Lackawanna or No. 9. Way more information given, smaller groups, more interesting and museums are free to wander... More 

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philadelphia area
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

It's about 55 degrees in the mine so be sure to grab a jacket. The walls and ceilings drip water so something like a sweatshirt with a hood is a good idea. It's a short tour but interesting...I brought six kids ages 5 to 13 and they all listened and talked about the tour the rest of the day. I... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Were in the area and needed something to round out the day.. went here just to fill the day and were pleasantly surprised. It was fun, interesting and informative. gives you a new perspective about coal mining. Would be a great day for the kids or a school outing. Also, the tour guide was great and helped make it interesting... More 

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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

really cool...i mean it..it has to be 55-65 degrees in the mine... on a 90 degree day it was nice....it was great going and seeing what people had to do to make a living.. tour was great and the guide was interesting and the store wad well stocked

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Don't be intimidated by the steep narrow roads that you need to drive to get up to this mine. Parking is a little interesting and is mostly on the road with a little parking lot to the right when you drive up the hill. The parking is for the little town park and the tour. Getting tickets was easy and... More 

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