Welcome to the 2015 operating season on the M&H!

Opening Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 & 24, 2015. (Closed Memorial Day Monday). Trains depart Middletown at Noon and 1:30pm both days. Regular train fares apply except for special event listed below.


“Sundae” Caboose rides, May 23 & 24, 2015, departing Middletown at 3:30pm sharp. Come for a ride in a vintage caboose, and enjoy a tasty bowl of ice cream and toppings.

For all of you railfans out there, the Memorial Day Weekend caboose hops will feature the maiden run of our newly-restored Central Railroad of New Jersey caboose, CNJ 91531. The weekend’s trips will have two cabooses: The CNJ andĀ  also the pictured former EJ&E caboose MIDH 1987.

Caboose hops are NOT ADA-Accessable; must climb steps to board (see photo).

IMG_4747Seating on cabooses is extremely limited, and reservations are required. Call 717-944-4435, Ext 104 or 877-9TRAIN9.



SeeĀ 2015 Brochure for more information, or click “SCHEDULE” button above to preview train rides and upcoming events for 2015.

Locomotive 2 & passenger cars

Visitors enjoy an 11-mile round-trip train ride along the Swatara Creek, while learning the history of the area. Passengers board our 1920’s vintage Delaware, Lackawanna & Western coaches at our 1891 Freight Station in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Although originally built as a freight station, it has been converted for use as a passenger station, complete with a gift shop and modern ADA restrooms. While in Middletown, you may browse the gift shop or relax on the porch and visit with folks from near and far.
After leaving Middletown, the train follows the towpath of the historic Union Canal and alongside the peaceful Swatara. A live narration relates the history of the canal which was completed in 1827, much of which is still visible, (including canal locks), other historical artifacts, folklore about Horse Thief Cave, and many more fun facts about the rail line and south-central Pennsylvania.
On the return trip, train crew are available to talk with you, answer questions, and serve you with light refreshments from the on-board snack concession.