Santa Train Annual Event

The Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad has begun selling tickets for its Santa Trains. Santa visits with gifts for all the children ages 2-11, plus returns after Gift Time for pictures. Bring a camera and save the memories. There’s plenty of time to watch out the window and enjoy the scenery in Swatara Creek Valley and listen to the live Christmas Music.

If your daytime is all filled up, then join Santa in the evening for a ride on the Polar Bear Express. A story about a Polar Bear and Santa will be read, while the children watch for Santa to appear at the North Pole.  Enjoy the beautiful Christmas Light Display in Hoffer Park on the way out the line and coming back to the Station, as well as the lights along the tracks on the way to the North Pole.


Santa’s Surprise Trains (1 1/2 hours) (Sat) Nov 24, Dec 8,15, 22 & (Sun) Dec 9, 16, 23 leaving at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. Santa visits with gifts for the children (infants thru 10 yrs). Bring a camera for pictures with Santa after the gifts are passed out. Reservations Recommended.  Empty seats will be sold to walkup passengers. Adult (12 yrs+) Fare:$16.00; Child (2-11 yrs):$9.00; Infants: (under 2 yrs):$2.00 (no seat included).

Polar Bear Express (1 1/2 hours) leaving Middletown Station at 5:00 pm sharp!

  • Sat Nov 24
  • Fri  Dec 7, 14, 21
  • Sat Dec 8, 15, 22
  • Sun Dec 9, 16, 23

We’re leaving for the North Pole to find Santa.  The Conductor will read a Christmas Story to the children.  After we find Santa, he will board the train and give each child a gift.  Then, get your camera ready for pictures with Santa.  Adult (12 yrs +): $17.00; Child (2-11 yrs): $10.00; Infants $2.00 (does not include a seat).  Live Music.  BY RESERVATION ONLY.

Reservations may be made by calling (717) 944-4435, Ext 1 with a VISA or Mastercard.

You won’t want to miss this special event!

Railroad Track Damaged By Flooding

Here are some pictures taken in September 2011 by Frankie to show the track by our Civil War Field. Sadly, it has made us cancel the Civil War Reenactment for this year.

MH Railroad Flood


MH Railroad Flood



Pictures from the home page:

train track after flood

Track to flooded field


flooded field

Field where the reenactment occurs

Moving The 1932 Red Arrow Trolley

This trolley’s wheels were too wide for the standard track and it had been sitting in the yard under a tarp for many years. It has been regauged to fit the regular track and moved into the Engine house for restoration work.

In the video you can see it being moved and hear some of it’s history.

Thinking Back On 2010

Thank you!

As we wrap up 2010 we wish to say a big thank you to all the customers, workers, and volunteers that helped make this a good year. We were able to have

This year we also:

  • restored a passenger car,
  • cleaned up a lot of the yard for our transload project, and
  • re-gauged the Red Arrow Trolley and put it in the shop for further restoration.

We look forward to an even better year in 2011.

2010 Pumpkin Patch Train Ride

Our train stops at a Farmers Field for the children to pick a pumpkin of their own. Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes for your trip into the field. Lots of time for pictures with the scarecrows, so bring a camera and record the memories.

Call (717)944-4435 ext 0 to reserve your seat!

  • October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31(2 hours)
    Departing 3:30 pm only
    Adult (12 yrs+) Fare: $17.00; Children (2-11 yrs) $10.00; Infants (under 2 yrs.-no seat included) $2. By reservation only.

Here’s some pictures of the fun from previous years:

Civil War Remembered

It’s a great history lesson for everyone!

3th Annual “Civil War Remembered” Reenactment New Scenarios and ALL the action occurs alongside the train. A history lesson just outside the window. Adult Fare: $20.00; Children (6-11 yrs) Fare: $10.00. Tickets will be sold to walkup passengers, if room is available. Reservations recommended.

2013 dates:

  • September 21, train leaves Middletown at 11:00 am & 2:30 pm.
  • September 22, train leaves Middletown at 11:00 am only.

Call 717-944-4435 ext 0.

Here are some pictures from previous years.

Come Ride A Trolley!

In 1984 Mr. Wendell Dillinger bought the 441 Rio De Janiero Tram/Rio JT from The Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin, Illinois. This trolley was built in 1909.

In May 2007 it looked liked this:


By August of 2007 it was well into the restoration process. Here’s the newly restored inside:

In October of 2007 it was out of the barn and on the tracks again!

Since then it has been used for special occasions including the Middletown Autumn fests.

If you have never had the pleasure of riding in an open trolley you should come visit. Come hear the clang, clang, clang of the trolley!

Come See The Cafe Car

During train rides snacks and drinks can be purchased and enjoyed in the newly decorated cafe car or taken back to your seat.

Is This Locomotive For The Birds?

This mourning dove thinks it is. She has at least 2 baby birds under her wings.

More pictures by Joe Pagano [Read more…]

Caboose Rides For Vickie’s Angel Walk

Every year the M&H has the privilege of being a part of Vickie’s Angel Walk that is sponsored by Conrail Historical Society.

Vickie’s Angel Foundation is a non profit with a mission of helping families who have difficulties paying their bills during the challenging times of fighting cancer. Their goal is to take the financial worry away from the family so the family can focus on the cancer and not their finances.

Ride The Rails

Tickets are available the day of the event at the boarding platform next to Hoffer Park for $5.00 per person and children under age 5 are $1.00.

This is the same day as the Middletown Arts & Craft Fair so there will be lots to see.

Ride the rails

riding the rails for cancer

Join the fun and help families battling cancer!