Steam Train TOUR
Travel back through time on an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive, the Henry Clay. Built in the 1920s, Henry Clay takes you on a scenic three-quarter-mile ride around the side of Mahanoy Mountain to show you another kind of mining called strip mining. You'll visit the Mammoth Stripping, an area where an unusually thick seam of anthracite, known as the Mammoth Vein, it out crops to the surface of the earth. Here, in days gone by, monstrous steam shovels ripped out millions of tons of coal from the exposed vein and left a wall of solid rock 150 feet high, extending west ward as far as the eye can see. Much of the coal was pulled out by the narrow-gauge predecessors of our own Henry Clay, a lot of it on the same track bed. You'll learn about the Centralia mine fire as you gaze across the valley to where smoke once forced its way out of the Earth. The entire tour lasts about 30 minutes.