GPS: 2001 Walnut St.
Mailing: 19th & Oak Sts.
Ashland, Pennsylvania, 17921
Train: 11:15a, 12:45p, 2:15p, 3:45p (Last)
Mine Tour: 10:30a, 12:00p, 1:30p, 3:00p, 4:30p (Last)
Gift Shop: 10:00am-5pm
Food Shop: 10:00am-4pm
Online purchases not available for
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 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. This tour is handicap accessible and is appropriate for people of all ages. No pets allowed inside the mine.