SUBSCRIBE NOW
As low as $49 for one year. Save 59%.
SUBSCRIBE NOW
As low as $49 for one year. Save 59%.

Take a ride through York County's fall colors with the Ma & Pa Railroad

Dawn J. Sagert
York Dispatch

The leaves have begun to turn, and the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village is offering train rides for its Fall Foliage Excursion as well as tours of the historic site at Muddy Creek Forks.

The event began last weekend, and pre-purchased tickets were sold out for Saturday.  

From left, Gianna Codagnone, 10, Louis Codagnone, 11, of York City, and their aunt Missy Green, 15, of Leesburg, Va., hold their pre-paid tickets as they check in with Education Coordinator Jean Sansonetti for seating prior to the Fall Foliage Excursion at Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village in Lower Chanceford Township, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“We haven’t been on a train ride before,” said Keena Minifield, of York City. Her mother and sister from Virginia were visiting, so Minifield purchased tickets.

“It’s my favorite season,” Minifield added.

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad (aka Ma & Pa) has offered historic tours and train rides for 23 years, but Preservation Society President Craig Sansonetti says many people in the area aren’t aware that the historic Heritage Village exists.

He notes, however, that recently events have been selling out.

Preservation Society President Craig Sansonetti during the Fall Foliage Excursion at Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village in Lower Chanceford Township, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“People are anxious to get out and do things,” said Sansonetti, of Peach Bottom Township.

Sansonetti said extra precautions are being taken due to COVID-19, including mask wearing, sanitization of the train between runs and only filling the cars to half capacity.

“We’re really trying to make something that people can come out and do and enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the leaves and feel that they’re safe,” said Sansonetti. “We do take keeping people safe very seriously." 

More:Pumpkin hunt kicks off Halloween events in Glen Rock

The Ma & Pa Railroad was built in the late 1800s, according to engineer Tom Shay.

“It was built from York to Peach Bottom and was known as the York and Peach Bottom railway,” said Shay during a short stop along the scenic route.

The excursions, offered noon-4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, are filling up quickly through online sales. The trains run hourly, and tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for children under 3. For more information, go to www.maandparailroad.com/.