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Meet the Author-10:00, Great Southern Train Raid – 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

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Meet the Author-10:00, Great Southern Train Raid – 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Aug 27, 2022

Ride Time(s): 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

August 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us on August 27 in the NCR gift shop between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM for a book signing and meet and greet with author Scott Mingus. Mingus is the author of 28 Civil War and Underground Railroad books, many of which are available for purchase in the NCR gift shop. His newest release is The Western Maryland Railroad and Its Civil War Legacy, co-authored with railroad historian and author, Robert L. Williams.

Book signing is free and open to the public.

Afterward, ALL ABOARD! It’s 1863 and the NCRR train is headed for Washington, DC. Rumor is that there’s gold on board. This could mean a TRAIN RAID! The Northern Central Railway invites everyone to ride the William H. Simpson No. 17, our replica steam locomotive, through the rolling hills of New Freedom. This will be an exciting day filled with adventure and suspense. This excursion features the Union and Confederate armies skirmishing for control of the train . . . and the GOLD. Caution: Riders will experience the sights and sounds of gunfire during the ride.


The coaches are pushed and pulled by our authentic replica of an 1863 steam locomotive.

This excursion is approximately 1 hour.

Tickets will be printed and available for pick up at the ticket booth on the day of the excursion.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to boarding.

Learn about each of our coaches here.

Many thanks for the support of our 2022 season sponsors:


COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols:

Please reschedule your excursion if you recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed, or are exhibiting symptoms.

Hand sanitizing stations are available at the ticket area, in the gift shop, and in restrooms.