Rail Lines and Vines; Coalbrookdale Railroad, Boyertown to Pottstown

The Meade Society bus with forty-seven history enthusiasts departed from Whitman Square Shopping Center on the Boulevard and Grant Avenue on May 6th for its annual spring excursion.

We arrived early at our first destination, the Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown, and so had time to explore the quaint town. Then we boarded the train for for a narrated trip  to Pottstown.  The Colebrookdale Railroad was built by returning Civil War veterans to service the burgeoning iron industry in Montgomery and Berks County Pa. We traveled in a restored 1920’s era passenger car and there was also an open air car, that the weather permitted us to enjoy. Locomotive power was diesel. Many of the members ate a snack in the quaint dining car on the return trip.


On our return to Boyertown the group gathered at Durango’s Saloon for a tasty lunch and a very pleasant atmosphere and cordial service. 

We then boarded the bus for a 20-minute trip to Douglassville Pa and The Manatawny Creek Winery, a privately owned business nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. Several members took the tour and wine sampling, while others spent their time outdoors simply drinking wine outdoors and listening to music. Many found this local wine so tasty they purchased wine to bring home! 

The bus returned to Philly and its riders were on their way home by 5:00 PM.

Many thanks to Joe Hauptmann, Bill Linhart and Jerry and Betty McCormick for their work in this trip’s planning.