Both parts of Pioneer are equally worth doing.
Ideally first you do the Steam train or Lokie ride which lasts about 35 minutes.
You bump along the outer perimeter of the mountain and stop twice at scenic points where the guide explains points about mining and the area and will take questions.
After coming back you have about a 15 minute wait for the start of the mine tour.
For this part definitely bring a jacket, poncho, sweater as the mine was 50 degrees when we were there and there is lots of water dripping through the walls and ceilings.
After getting in one of the mine cars you ride horizontally into the mine and then get out for a short walk through a small part of the mine where the guide will show you a few veins of coal and some of the equipment and tunnels and walkways that were used.
All in all this whole thing will take you about two hours but it is interesting and different and well worth the trip into Ashland.
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