Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine

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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train is a horizontal drift  mine.Enjoy an authentic anthracite adventure! Come take a tour inside  our coal mine and take a scenic train ride on our old steam locomotive.  Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800  feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip  in comfort, riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine  motor. The mine is inspected daily by the mine's foreman and  periodically by state mine inspectors. The temperature inside the mine  averages 52 degrees, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. The tour  lasts about 35 minutes. Deep inside the mine, you will alight from your  car and follow your miner-guide as you are given an explanation of how  coal is mined. There are storyboards inside the mine depicting the  mining operation. Your guide will point out the numerous coal seams and  describe various configurations of passageways, some cut from solid rock  in order to reach the coal.

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The tour is educational as well as entertaining. Pioneer Tunnel is  located in Central Pennsylvania in Ashland, Schuylkill County. Rts. 61  and 54 meet and run together in Ashland.  Pioneer Tunnel is located in Central Pennsylvania in Ashland, Schuylkill  County. Rts. 61 and 54 meet and run together in Ashland. Enjoy an authentic anthracite adventure! Come take a tour inside our  coal mine and take a scenic train ride on our old steam locomotive.  Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800  feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip  in comfort, riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine  motor. The mine is inspected daily by the mine's foreman and  periodically by state mine inspectors. The temperature inside the mine  averages 52 degrees, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. The tour  lasts about 35 minutes. Deep inside the mine, you will alight from your  car and follow your miner-guide as you are given an explanation of how  coal is mined. There are storyboards inside the mine depicting the  mining operation. Your guide will point out the numerous coal seams and  describe various configurations of passageways, some cut from solid rock  in order to reach the coal. The tour is educational as well as  entertaining. Pioneer Tunnel is located in Central Pennsylvania in  Ashland, Schuylkill County. Rts. 61 and 54 meet and run together in  Ashland.

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