Address: From Pennsylvania Route 100, head west on Route 73 into the borough of Boyertown. Turn left onto Washington Street and proceed one block. The closest GPS address is 64 South Washington Street, Boyertown, Pennsylvania 19512 (the railroad yard is located across the street from this address).
Toll Free: 866-289-4021
All Aboard! You’re going to go back in time to 1718, when the first iron furnace in America was established on the banks of the Manatawny Creek near Boyertown. That event began the American Industrial Revolution which ultimately spread up and down the whole East Coast. On the journey, you’ll learn about the Potts family, who in 1752 built Pottsgrove Forge, and Pottsgrove Manor, and ultimately controlled nearly 1,000 acres of land with many furnaces and forges. You’ll also learn about the Thomas Rutter family, who built Thomas Rutter’s Bloomery, the first full ironworks in Pennsylvania, and in America, for that matter. The Colebrookdale Furnace was named after Abraham Darby’s Colebrook Dale Furnace in England, from where these early Pennsylvania settlers haled.
These are just some of the stories you’ll learn while riding the 8.6 mile Secret Valley Line on the Colebrookdale Railroad from Boyertown to Pottstown and back. The once forgotten railway lies in the heart of the Secret Valley, now home to deer, great blue herons, bald eagles and majestic trees whispering softly in the wind. The valley looks much the same as it would to the iron-willed pioneers who first ventured along the cold, rushing creeks more than 300 years ago. The train and its cars have been completely restored by the loving hands of hundreds of volunteers who take great pride in the now polished wood, soft upholstery and elegant Victorian detailing. Enjoy your journey back to a different place in time in beautiful Victorian style that you won’t encounter anywhere else.
Plan your excursion on the Colebrookdale Railroad today!