The Tioga Central Railroad of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania operates excursion and charter trains on a 34-mile railroad extending ... More
Tioga Central Railroad
The Tioga Central Railroad of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania operates excursion and charter trains on a 34-mile railroad extending north from downtown Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to a location about three miles south of Corning, New York. Excursion trains operate from the Wellsboro Junction, three miles north of Wellsboro on State Route 287, to the north end of Hammond Lake in Tioga. Tioga Central operates three diesel electric locomotives.
Overall it is a neat idea and the fact that our son is two made it okay. He enjoyed seeing Santa but I think a lot more effort could be put forth to make it nicer. Especially if you are going to charge $15 per person. That's a bit costly for what was entailed. A family member warned that it was boring and overall it was. I think the two major complaints are that you had to stand outside in the cold. Then you were not only told when getting coco that it was not allowed on the train, but you were then told as boarding where you could find the garbage before getting on. Then an "elf" Came around and instead of being jolly and welcoming you to the train asks if you brought any cookies or coco on the train. Felt very rude, especially after the 2 prior warnings. Think they need to review manors. If you see someone with them indeed ask them to throw it away, but she asked EVERYONE! No perfect needs improvement.
This trip was a nothing waht we expected. The only reason my son had fun was the fact tha he took his DS along. We had heard that it was memorable. Well it sure was!! I do not recomend this to any one. We would have been better spending the 35 bucks and gas on driving around town looking at lights. I WILL never do this again. At least we get to pizza hut!
We did like the open car in the rear of the train. Nice to step back in time on the old train. The engineers were very friendly. Wasn't thrilled about only going to the damn and back. Waste of precious time and money. Could have been doing something better.
Our family occasionally vacations in the area and we always make sure we ride the train. This last time, we rode a dinner train and the food was excellent and abundant. White linen table cloths, real china, and great table service. We enjoyed it so much that we came back for the Sunday Brunch train. Last year we were in town for Dickens of a Christmas and rode the Santa Express. You cant beat $5 for a kids train ride. There was free hot chocolate, cookies, and the kids got a bell from Santa. We are looking forward to taking a fall foliage train this October! Tioga County is beautiful and we highly recommend a visit to the area and a ride on the train.
Took my four year old son, husband and mother in law on Santa Express. $50.00 total. There are little to no holiday decorations on the train. They give you half a cup of "free" hot chocolate if you stand in line in the cold. We took the 6pm train because they adverstised seeing the Christmas lights. There was one house along the track that had lights. One santa for entire train. we actually had to go past the station and sit so Santa could get to all of the cars. There are no bathrooms on the train so it is not good for little kids. The train did not even go all the way into Wellsboro. As the nice gentelman said next to us, he was very underwhelmed. They took us for our $ once. Not again!! We are not one's to complain either but there was very little time and effort put into making this a positive memorable experince.
Having said all this about Santa Express, I'm think the fall rides with foliage would be nice.
I would advise against taking the Santa Express. Save your money and spend the time doing something more memorable with your family.
If you choose to take it, do not take the 6pm train where they advertise Christmas lights. They are pretty much non exsistant so it is just a slow, dark train ride inside a plain undecorated train!
Happy Holidays to everyone. Hope this review saves you money and being disappointed
Neither one of us had been on a train in years. So this was a real treat. The conductor and other staff were friendly, helpful and very informative. The ride, expecially when we went by Hammond Lake was relaxing with inspiring views. It helped that we were there at the peak of the autumn colors. We were lucky the sun was shining but it would have been worth it even if it were not.
The train ride was a wonderful way to spend a drizzly day. We had eaten breakfast in town. The other folks in the reasturant were wondering what to do . The rain dampened the idea of hiking. I said that we , my husband and I , planned to ride the train.
What a surprise we had at the train station. Once we had our tickets purchased, who should pull into the parking lot??? Several cars with the folks from the restaurant!!
The scenic view from our train window showed the lovely foliage and fields . I used a roll of film snapping pictures to show the family back home. If the sun would have been shining..I am sure that I would have reloaded the camera with another roll of film.
I had a really special treat. Once back at the station, I was invited into the engine of the train. I was told to move a handle. The whistle blew!!!
I do not think everyone who purchases a ticket to ride this train will get the chance to blow the whistle.....but if in the area of Wellsboro, Stop, Look, and Listen. There is a train just waiting for you to ride and see "the way it used to be"!