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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tour Pennsylvania's mining history at these mines.
Reviewed November 5, 2017

My daughter and I had a great time. It was fun and we learned some interesting things. We only did the coal mine tour (we couldn't get there on a day for the train). We do hope to go again and do the train. You do need a jacket.

Thank lyn12345672017
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

As a local we never expected to learn the history of the mines or expect to get out of the coal car and walk in the mine. - Tip: cool & damp with dripping water so wear a jacket or old hoodie to fit in. The Guide was most knowledgeable and excited to field questions from out group. He includes humorous props as well as old tools to help you enjoy the stories of the old mine - Would recommend for all ages! - We already expect to return with our Parents to share this local treasure & take the train ride. - Th e Ashland area is quite beautiful in the Fall with all the leaves changing

Thank thecrowsnest2016
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

Very interesting to see the conditions in which miners and young children worked. Guides are knowledgeable. Dress for temperatures in the 50s, as the mine is cold and damp. Ride is extremely squeaky and rickety, so it wouldn't be appropriate for people who are elderly or particularly sensitive to those things. Otherwise I would give it five stars. Nice selection of books in the gift shop. Clean bathrooms (at least when we were there) and some food service (burgers, soda).

Coal had its glory days, in a sense, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has been the cause of an extremely high rate of death, injury, and illness. And according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, it is the single biggest source of air pollution. I hope the region is making plans to move forward and provide jobs that will keep its younger people in this beautiful region.

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We just went there yesterday during there fall festival. What a great time. The tours where very good and the staff where all outstanding! The events line face painting games and rides where all free!!!! My daughter and grand daughter want to come back!!! Thank you for a memorable and awesome day!!!

Thank Tammy R
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

We saw on the website that the first tour was to be at 11 AM, but that the office opened at 10 AM. We were surprised to find it open when we arrived early. Turns out a big group arranged a special tour at 10 AM, more convenient for us. (Lesson is, call ahead to find out if there are added tours). We so enjoyed the two tours, going in the mine was a bit more interesting. Sure the train is bumpy as it's always been. They drive down and stop for everyone to get down and see two tunnels. The former miner who drove and guided us was fun, passionate and knowledgable. Lots of history. The school kids down there seemed to enjoy as much as we did.

Thank Carrie H
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