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SOLD OUT-Wild West Express Train Robbery and Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend Entrance

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SOLD OUT-Wild West Express Train Robbery and Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend Entrance

Oct 12, 2019

Ride Time(s): 11:30,1:00,2:30

October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

11:30 ,1:00pm  & 2:30 pm Excursion is SOLD OUT

Caution:  Riders will experience the sites and sounds of very loud, actual gun fire during the ride.

Transport yourself to the Wild West in this event celebrating cowboy (and cowgirl) culture! Ride along our No. 17 locomotive with “the most reckless class of outlaws in the wild country,” and prepare for an experience straight out of the most beloved cowboy films– compete with train robberies , shootouts, live performances and more! So, don’t be a yellow belly, come over yonder this October 12th and October 13th for a rockin’ good time!

The coaches are pushed and pulled by our steam locomotive.

This excursion is about an  hour long.

Tickets and wrist bands will be available to be picked up at the ticket booth in the back of the gift shop on the day of the trip. 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.

This celebration of cowboy life promises to immerse visitors in this unique movement which began in the late 1800s just after the Civil War. The Wild West movies and TV shows popular in the 1950s and 1960s romanticized the life of the cowboy (and cowgirl). The effective and efficient movement of cattle gave rise to the growth of the cowboy occupation. Rodeos were a popular pastime which allowed the cowboys to demonstrate their prowess with horses and cattle. Our locomotive, the No.17, is a replica of those which frequently ran at the time and creates a unique stage for cowboy robberies and learning about the cowboy lifestyles. Today, cowboys and cowgirls are often seen in western garb at horse shows competing in barrel racing, as well as western pleasure and reining classes. At their peak, cowboys were referred to as “the most reckless class of outlaws in the wild country”. They definitely made an impact on the culture and lifestyles of the time and beyond!
Building on our past spring/summer, one-day a month events with the Cowboys (Outlaws and Peacemakers), we have scheduled a weekend of hands-on learning experiences for families. This event will include: train robberies, an authentic cowboy camp at Summit Grove Campground (located just south of Steam Into History), wandering minstrels, magicians, a chuck wagon, a Sunday morning worship service, cowboy story-telling around the campfire, onsite camping for guests, and a special area for children.
PACW Schedule of Events
11:00 am – 5: 00 pm
Cowboy Carnival at Marge Goodfellow Park with live Wild West action, food
vendors, magic, live music, Macaroni Kid, and other family entertainment
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Interactive Wild West Cowboy Camp at Summit Grove Campground with cowboy
period shows, demonstrations, and a glimpse into cowboy life 11 to 5pm
11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm
Train Robberies with LIVE Wyatt Earp vs. Frank Stillwell reenactments
11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Live Corn Band at the Cowboy Carnival
1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Rigo and his Band of Gunslingers
2:30 pm
Kid Posse Roundup
Bandits wear handkerchiefs and kids find them
4:00 pm
Gunfight at the OK Corral at the Wild West Cowboy Camp at Summit Grove
Susquehanna Travellers LIVE at Cowboy Camp (set times to be determined)
10:00 am
Cowboy Church Worship Service at Summit Grove Camp & Conference Center
Season Sponsors: Bronze Sponsors Aero Energy and The Patrick Organization


We’re glad to have you back on the tracks with us!

We at Northern Central Railway are committed to the health and safety of our team members, and our guests. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that you please read our re-opening protocols to familiarize yourself with our new procedures before your arrival. These may change as guidelines change so be sure to check with us shortly before your scheduled excursion.

  • Employees, volunteers, and visitors will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while on the property and on the train. If persons do not have masks one will need to be provided.
  • Guests who have been exposed to COVID 19 or are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness upon arrival will be asked to reschedule their excursion for another day/time.
  • All employees and volunteers will have NCR COVID 19 related training.
  • All employees and volunteers will answer COVID questions each day of operations and have their temperature taken per CDC guidelines.
  • Trains will be cleaned before each run following CDC guidelines.
  • All tickets should be purchased online if possible. Day-of tickets can be purchased by credit card with cash accepted, but not recommended, at the designated ticket area inside the building.
  • One member per ticketed group will be permitted inside to pick up or purchase tickets at the building ticket window.
  • Limited waiting areas, that are remote from each other, will be available in the building for inclement weather conditions, but visitors will be asked to wait outside for the train after they are done conducting business inside. The passenger waiting shed, two easy-up tents, and benches will be available for passengers waiting, and all will be appropriately distanced from each other.
  • Seating charts will be used on each train to disperse passengers for social distancing purposes.
  • Family members should help others in their party access the train and debark from the train.
  • Windows will be operated by NCR employees of volunteers only.
  • Doors to and from coaches will be operated by NCR employees or volunteers only.
  • The wheelchair lift will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
  • No food or merchandise sales will be conducted aboard the train.
  • A limited number of guests are allowed in the gift shop to ensure 75% capacity or less.
  • Guests will enter through the handicap entrance along Front Street and exit through the front door on Main Street.
  • Tickets and limited retail merchandise will be available inside the gift shop.
  • Arrows and marks will be placed on the gift shop floor for social distancing at the ticket window and gift shop checkout counter directing guests.
  • Employees will be required to wear masks and disposable gloves for handling payments.
  • Credit card transactions are encouraged, but cash will be accepted as a form of payment.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be made available for visitors and staff at the ticket counter and by the front door / sales checkout counter.
  • Thorough cleanings will be completed between each train run.
  • Curbside delivery will be available for purchases.