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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train

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Fascinating experience

It was a great experience. It makes me appreciate what a real hard life for the miners. The guides... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
John W B
Hamilton, Canada
Family History

What a great place for adults and children! An exceptional place to learn about the history of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Tour Pennsylvania's mining history at these mines.
19th & Oak Sts., Ashland, PA 17921
+1 570-875-3850
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a great experience. It makes me appreciate what a real hard life for the miners. The guides were very informative and interesting. They explained things very well.

Thank John W B
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a great place for adults and children! An exceptional place to learn about the history of parents and grandparents. Definitely recommend.

Thank B2032CZkathleenk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great guide both in the mine tour part and the steam train part. Both were very informative regarding they history of coal mining in that area and Pennsylvania. There is a wonderful park across the street to spend the afternoon. We missed...More

Thank DickandKaren
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is sitting in a quiet little town called Ashland. It is recommended to take steam train and mine tour combo.

Thank zl2515
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train during a 5th grade field trip. I'd always wanted to visit again, so this past weekend I did. It was so historically enlightening. There are two parts of the tour: coal mine and/or steam train. I...More

Thank Conimarie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I and our three older teens visited here on a rainy day. I really wasn't sure what to expect, never having been on a coal mine tour before, but we ended up having a great time! It was exciting and interesting on...More

Thank Baruch B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to take your children,wear a jacket it's cold inside.Lots of history to be learned about the Coal industry of old.

Thank A8681GFroberte
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Guides, all are Retired Coal Miners. You ride into a real coal mine, over 100 years old, but not active now. they show you what life was like, candles etc. for lights, examples of mining machinery are in the mine, Total Darkness when guide...More

Thank Dale N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice attraction which gives you a window into what coal mining was like 100 years and more ago. There is a ride into the mine in the electric mine car and a walk through the galleries and drifts with a guide. Our...More

Thank whiskey3pa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First bring a jacket 56* in mine. Great guide for both the mine trip and train ride. About 70 minutes for both

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Nancy C
July 18, 2018|
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Response from 616ruthie | Reviewed this property |
It was inexpensive. Includes a ride into the coal mine in the coal cars they used years ago. I'm claustrophobic, but it didn't bother me at all. It was 86 degrees out the day we were there, and it was cold in the mine... More
August 12, 2016|
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Response from Adam S | Reviewed this property |
The cafe is called the Jellybucket Cafe. See the separate listing on TripAdvisor.