Kempton, PA


Kempton is about a half an hour from Bethlehem, and is the home of the Wannamaker, Kempton, and Southern RR. Its six miles of track run through some of the nicest PA Dutch cornfields around, and as far as touristy steamtrain operations go, it’s this or nothing for me.

A lot of old men who were there the first time, and folks my age who pretend they were, seem to go totally ape over steam trains. I’m not really that guy. That being said, going to Kempton has always turned me into an awestruck little kid, excited to sit in the open-air car behind the locomotive to get as covered in soot as possible.

The above photo is from this summer, along the Ontelaunee Creek, between Trexler and Steinsville.