Take a historic autumn train ride on the Colebrookdale Railroad

BOYERTOWN, Pa -- "There was a time when it was every little child's dream to be the engineer of a great locomotive," said Nathaniel Guest.

He knows this first-hand since he's been dreaming of running a tourist railroad since he was 5 years old.

His opportunity came at the turn of the 21st century when the already-historic Colebrookdale Railroad was at risk of abandonment.

"The citizens brought the railroad back to life," said Guest, who is the Executive Director of the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust.

Built from 1853 to 1869 with help from Civil War soldiers, the tracks now serve as a tourist attraction.

The railroad peddled years worth of successful trips through fall foliage and winter wonderlands.

Santa Claus would visit children while they feasted on cozy hot chocolate and cookies.

"We're glad to be back." Also known as the Secret Valley Line, the Colebrookdale Railroad is once again roaring and rumbling between Boyertown and Pottstown, PA.