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Howard Tunnel Photo Special with No. 17 – 12:00 PM

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Howard Tunnel Photo Special with No. 17 – 12:00 PM

Jun 26, 2021

Ride Time(s): 12:00 PM

June 26, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us on this special 5-hour excursion celebrating the completion of our Track Rehabilitation from Seven Valleys through Howard Tunnel. Bring your camera and grab a seat on the first excursion over this rare mileage in more than 30 years!

  • The William H. Simpson No. 17 will push the train north to the tunnel while you eat your boxed and enjoy the scenery.
  • At Howard Tunnel you will have the chance to stretch your legs and walk through the tunnel. We will safely organize everyone into photo lines, and we will perform two photo run-bys at track speed. Once everyone is back aboard, we will proceed to Hanover Junction for another set of photo run-bys.
  • No. 17 will stop to take water at Seven Valleys or Hanover Junction.

Your ticket (adult or child) includes a choice of a boxed lunch.

  • Turkey & American Cheese Sandwich
  • Ham & American Cheese Sandwich
  • Garden Salad

Lunches include Utz Potato Chips, chocolate chip cookie, and bottled water. Sandwiches include shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, bread and butter pickle, mayonnaise, and mustard. Last day to purchase tickets with boxed lunch is Wednesday, June 23rd.

The Howard Tunnel is the 3rd oldest railroad tunnel in the country. Completed in 1838, it represented the final link between Baltimore and York on the Northern Central Railroad. The last steam train to operate through the tunnel was Pennsylvania Railroad K4 #1361 in 1989.

A portion of your ticket purchase will go towards our PRR 6076 GP9 Restoration Project.

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Tickets (includes lunch, taxes, and fees): $75 Adult; $30 Child (age 5-12)

NCR members can purchase one discounted ticket per membership for this event ($50 plus taxes and fee). Membership holder is defined as the main contact on the membership account. This promotion does not apply to the Kid’s Club membership level.

(Wheelchair lift is not available at Howard Tunnel and Hanover Junction; passengers who wish to exit the train must be able to climb up and down 6 steps without crew assistance.)

The coaches are pushed and pulled by our steam locomotive.

This excursion is 5 hours.

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.

Before you join us please reference our new protocols!

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.