Clevelanders who are train enthusiasts and who are looking for a family-fun autumn getaway should check out a ride on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania which is offering special Fall Foliage excursions through October 23. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad In operation since 1986, the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad is a tourist train but it also operates a freight service hauling more than 1000 carloads of freight each year. Your 3 hour journey begins at the 1892-vintage freight station in Titusville and will take you over 13.5 miles of track through Oil Creek State Park to just north of Oil City.
Guides on the train will describe the history of the Pennsylvania oil country and key people from the era including Col. Edwin L. Drake who brought the first oil well to the area in 1859 and Jonathan Watson who became the first oil millionaire in the world.
The regular locomotive is a ALCO S-2 switch engine and the train has an open-air car (perfect for viewing the colorful scenery) and seven 1930’s restored passenger cars including a new first class car, the Wabash Cannonball with plush seating, separate boarding and soft drinks and water provided right in your car.
Stops along your excursion include Drake Well Park (site of the world’s first oil well and home to the Drake Well Museum), the Petroleum Centre Station and Rynd Farm Station. Drake Well Park has a replica of Colonel Drake’s first successful oil well and also has a 10 mile bike path. Passengers with bicycles can disembark at the station and enjoy the bike path through Oil Creek State Park. The Petroleum Centre Station is home to the Oil Creek State Park Visitor Center and Museum. A variety of wildlife can be seen from the train including bald eagles, blue herons, deer, ducks and an occasional black bear.
The most unusual feature on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad is that it operates the only working Railway Post Office in the United States. Passengers can actually send postcards from the train.
The Perry Street Station houses a gift shop where souvenirs can be purchased and it also has a concession stand. There is also a concession car and restrooms on the train.
The October Fall Foliage Tours will be offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. from October 1 -23 and on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from October 1 – 23 from the Perry Street Station. Reservations are highly recommended for the October Fall Foliage excursions.
Cost of the Fall Foliage Train excursion is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+) and $11 for children 3-12. Cost to ride in the Wabash Cannonball First Class car is $25 per person regardless of age.
If you wish to stay overnight and have a really unique experience, try the Caboose Motel on the tracks next to the Perry Street Station made up of 21 caboose cars no longer in service. Each room -car has heat and air conditioning, a TV and telephone and deck chairs outside. Cupola cabooses have a king-size bed and Bay Window cabooses have two double beds. Rates are $89.95 per night plus tax. Call 1 -800-827-0690 for reservations. The Caboose Motel is open through October 24.
The Perry Station of the Oil Creek & Titusviile Railroad is located at 409 S. Perry St. in Titusville, Pennsylvania. 814-676-1733. Titusville is located 147 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2.5 hour drive.