BOYERTOWN — With an upcoming meeting, Boyertown could get an economic boost with the foundation of a passenger rail to Pottstown....snip...
There will be a roundtable discussion to consider the possibilities of a passenger rail line between the boroughs of Boyertown and Pottstown with dignitaries from each.
“I am writing to ask for your participation with a select group of elected officials, municipal officers and heritage resource/tourism development administrators in examining possibilities for an under-appreciated but exceedingly remarkable asset to our area: the Colebrookdale Railroad,” Guest wrote. “Linking Pottstown to Boyertown, it crisscrosses the Ironstone and Manatawny creeks and provides a trip back in time through our iron making past and some of the most spectacularly unspoiled scenery in the tri-county area. Large wooden trestles, sheer cliffs, tall, shady groves of trees and rushing water provide an experience truly removed from what we think of in our area.”...snip...
Guest said other successful tourist operations in Pennsylvania have provided a good model for what could be done to the area, even at a smaller scale at first.
He added that a recent Schuylkill Highlands report finds a significant opportunity gap for heritage and recreational resources in the area traversed by the Colebrookdale Spur.
Guest has invited both Berks and Montgomery County commissioners, borough managers, council presidents, main street managers, the Pottstown Chamber of Commerce president, members of Pottsgrove Manor, Reading Company Technical and Historical Society, the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad, Steam Locomotive 119 Restoration Project, Central Penn Railroad Corp., Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, The Carousel at Pottstown, Pottstown Area Industrial Development Corp. the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as interested citizens.
Guest has offered those who will be participating a roundtable meeting on Oct. 12, at the Carousel at Pottstown building, 30 West King Street, Pottstown at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a short presentation about the history of the line and potential for the future before the table is opened for discussion.
Interesting indeed. It would make a nice scenic tourist line, but from what I saw of the hi-rail video online, the passengers would only be looking at trees most of the time....
Anyways, it sounds interesting, as do some of the invited guest groups.