Catawissa Railroad Company

 

Book Your Caboose reservation early,  For 2015
CLICK HERE FOR
Reservations Form
 

 

 

 

Keeping local railroad history alive in any small town is very expensive, hard work & Fun

 

 

This year we will be repainting a couple of our cabooses.
 



We are just minutes from Knoebel's Amusement in Elysburg.
Free admission, free parking, free picnicking and free entertainment.
The Pioneer Tunnel Mine tour is within 35 minutes.
 

 

Make your reservation early for the 2015 (April to October).
Walter Gosciminski  (Owner)
Any Questions you can Email  at

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Where The Heck Is Catawissa



"Preserving Our Local Railroad Heritage Since 1979"

Bring your camera & children they will love it. all the cabooses are displayed outside for great picture taking.

No admission charge (FREE TO THE PUBLIC TO VISIT).

 We have 14 cabooses that has been completely restored and painted in authentic company colors

You can look back on the days when cabooses were common on railroads across North America.

In the early days of railroading, each crew was assigned its own caboose, which served as home for days at a time.
They could watch the cars ahead, sleep, cook and eat their meals. It was a place where the conductor and rear brakeman would do their paperwork.

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Keeping local railroad history alive in any small town is very expensive, hard work & Fun

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2000 Photo

Last year I had a bird's eye view, when I was finishing the upper deck on the station, I saw three locomotives pulling the mile-long Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train, with four circus cars hauling animals.
This line to Sunbury, Penn., (Wilkes-Barre to Sunbury) was an old Pennsy line and came to the D&H on April 1, 1976. The Delaware and Hudson is presently owned by Canadian Pacific Railway.

Opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Wachovia Arena was on Wednesday, June 1, 2005

 


 

Update: We built 4 enclosed picnic shelters 12X16 next to each caboose and one large 10X20.

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Caboose Lodging In 
Pennsylvania
Retreat from the noise, the concerns, the hustle and bustle of the city.

My younger days

Our 14 Railroad Cabooses are next to the scenic Susquehanna River
 


 

 

 

If you like the outdoors you will love our location here at the Catawissa Railway
 The perfect get-away with family and friends, 8 cabooses available.

 

"Your Destination for Family Fun"
Treat yourself to a fresh, fun weekend away.
Our Season is April to October / Caboose Rental
Kids Love Trains!
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UPDATE 
           June 07, 2003
We just Finished 8 of our 14 cabooses, with TV/VCR No Cable/, Free movies, electricity, running water,  bathrooms and  3 with showers. 
Our Private His & Her Bathrooms includes two large 42"x42" neo-angle shower
Also our Penn Central caboose has a large neo-angle shower. 
Note:
Remember to bring your own bath towels, shampoo and soap

On our  Reservations Form  page you can see photos of each caboose inside and outside

 



Make your reservations early. Each year our rentals double. 
Family & friends are returning, renting up to eight cabooses a day!
Advance reservations are highly recommended particularly during the summer. Why not make yours today?


PLAN AHEAD. If you're considering a Friday or Saturday stay in the next week or so, we MIGHT still have something available, but keep in mind that we often fill up Friday and Saturday night reservations as much as six weeks in advance. Weekday nights are usually a little easier to get on shorter notice. But if you want to get a specific room on a specific night, try to plan as far ahead as you possibly can, just to be sure. 

(Closed during the winter months)

Take a look at what our guests have to say about staying at our caboose lodge

Reservations Form 

CLICK HERE FOR  Reservations Form

Great Nearby Places to Visit

If you like the outdoors, camping, fishing, biking, etc.
  We are just minutes from Knoebel's Amusement in Elysburg. Old Fashioned Family Fun. Knoebels Amusement Resort is a great place for families. Admission to the park is free. Also available are free picnic facilities, offers free parking. The park has a swimming pool and waterslide. Called the Crystal Pool, it's open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Knoebel’s is a wonderful park with something for everyone. They also have a great assortment of coasters and other grown up rides. 50 + rides. Total Distance: 7.71 miles
  
You may also want to visit. The Bloomsburg Fair, the largest in the state, late September. Total Distance: 5.00 miles
   Also the only national park solely dedicated to railroad history, Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. It is a museum dedicated to the history of trains. Total Distance: 69.25 miles

Bird's Eye View of The Cabooses
You can even see driving directions with real images
 

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The Catawissa railroad was only 63 miles in length, for a distance of 30 miles it traveled one of the wildest mountain wildernesses in the country. It had three tunnels plus eight bridges and trestles.

It was the bridges which brought the greatest fame and were long talked about by those who saw them or made the trip across them in the days of early passenger service.

 

Some real nice mountain bridges we had

The Mainville bridge, which replaced the original wooden structure below 1896.

By 1929 the track had been relocated nearby by making a fill of 405,253 cubic yards.

The Bridge near Mainville - Length 900 feet, height 106 feet, built 1854

Also there was three tunnels, one of them a 1400 foot tunnel at Lofty

 

 1941 Head Lines

READING COMPANY OPERATES RECORD-BREAKING RAIL RAMBLE

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On Sunday. October 19, 1941
Reading Company broke all records in its operation of a Rail Ramble. Almost 800 passengers made the trip. The photographs shown on this page were taken enroute. The Ramble was operated over the famous Catawissa Branch and through the heart of the anthracite fields. Stops were made at Ryan's Cut, Ringtown and Mainville fills, and at Lewisburg. At the latter point passengers had an opportunity to walk around the beautiful Bucknell University campus and to inspect some of the buildings. Copies of the new book, "A Century of Reading Company Motive Power;" were sold enroute and the photograph at the top left shows Publicity Representative Robert E. Osterhout explaining the publication to Elsie  Murdock, of Philadelphia. A feature of the trip was the open observation car which was operated over moat of the Ramble.

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(Circle) Black Rock tunnel north of Phoenixville and (below) Flat Rock tunnel, looking south towards West Manayunk

 

This is not Shuman Tunnel!
Once I find one with a engine, I'll replace this one.

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This is the Section Gang that worked in Mainville, Pa 1943.

I have the payroll books on guys below and the other crew, from 1901 to 1964

It cost me over $1,300. for the books. So if you want to know who work on this line, chances are I have a name, date, hour, photo and what they did.  I love the past & history, but it's nothing to me, unless I can see the faces & names of the people that made it!

I'd be interviewing some them and recording their experiences working on the railroad.

Only a couple are still living and I hope I can find time to talk to them.

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Below is the payroll all these men above.

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Section gang at Mainville: W. H. Nuss, foreman, Frank Hendershot, Charles Hawk, Arnold Michael, Robert Michael, Elias Bradbesmer and Wilson Baker.

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Just Purchased the Rupert Bridge & Shuman Tunnel

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The Catawissa Side North

 

 

The Ringtown Side South

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This is South of the tunnel at Long Hollow
One of the fills, I'll be doing a story on this with early photo's at a later date!
It was the Catawissa Railroad bridges which brought the greatest fame and were long talked about by those who saw them or made the trip across them in the days of early passenger service.

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Walter Gosciminski

Catawissa Historical Train Station

E-mail:

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THE CATAWISSA RAIL ROAD CO. AND WHISTLE STOP FENCE
119 Pine Street
Catawissa, Pa. 17820
Voice 570-356-2345
Fax  570-356-7876

Need HELP on saving The Rupert Train Bridge!
Built By Phoenix Bridge Company in 1933 for Reading Railroad Company

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Our Caboose Information
and Rates
Lots of inside Photos

Take a visual tour of the real thing!
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We are near Bloomsburg, Danville, Berwick, Harrisburg, Sunbury, Williamsport, Reading, Milton, Lewisburg. Also we are close to Knoebel's Park one of the best Family entertainment around. Knoebels coaster, The Phoenix One of the Top 10 Coasters in the World! Train Ride.  Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. This exciting family destination is one of the largest free-admission parks in the country. + Bloomsburg Fair, held annually in September/October, Pennsylvania's biggest fair.

2005 
Park group again names Knoebels top family spot

ELYSBURG Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort was voted "Best Park for Families" by members of the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA).

Knoebels beat out Walt Disney World and other parks from across the country for the honor, according to a NAPHA press release.

The local park has been voted the top spot for families since 1999.

In other categories:

 The Phoenix roller coaster was voted "Favorite Wooden Coaster" by group members for the second time in three years.

 Knoebels tied for "Favorite Traditional Park" with Kennywood, which is located near Pittsburgh.

 The park tied for second in the "Most Beautiful Park" category; a park in the Netherlands was also voted second. The top choice was Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.

NAPHA is the country's largest amusement park enthusiast organization. The results were from its 19th annual Amusement Parks and Attractions survey.


 

Reservations Form 
For your convenience, we have created this simple Email form

We are only a stone throw away from Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa & The Bloomsburg Fair

Any Questions you can Email  at

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Information on our rentals: Lots of Photos

  Bird's Eye View of The Cabooses
bullet Reservations Form  For your convenience, we have created this simple Email form + inside photos of each caboose
bullet Inside Caboose Photos  Here's a sneak peek of the inside of the caboose ...
bullet New for 2004  Our family camping picnic area
bullet Take a look at what our guests have to say about staying at our caboose lodge
bullet Caboose Rates    .Rate $95 to $160.00 a day  + Tax
bullet Our New Caboose / 1944 New York Central # 20137 The Ultimate Caboose We supply Everything 
bullet Our Office + Map  Driving directions
bullet Caboose List    14 cabooses on display
bullet Our New Addition Davenport Steam Engine
bullet Have breakfast, lunch or dinner in our 1910 Train Station
bullet Visitors Guide   List Our Area Attractions
bullet Gift Certificate Form  For your convenience, we have created this simple Email form 

UPDATE            June 07, 2003
6 of our 14 cabooses have bathrooms, 5 with showers

 

 



Award Winning Site!

June 21, 1999
PA Destination of the Day

 

 

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Great Railroad Caboose Video 
Price 

TOTAL ONLY $60.00 includes shipping
(2 Hours)

 

"WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT STAYING IN OUR CABOOSE"

We have been lucky enough to have GREAT guests over the years. Here is a collection of some of their thoughts. It includes input from honeymooners, families and singles, railroad lovers, train watchers, fishermen and naturalists. They express what it's like better than we ever could.

Take a look at what our guests have to say about staying at our caboose lodge