The Colebrookdale Railroad has been nominated to USA Today's Best Scenic Train Ride.

"In this poll, a vote for the Colebrookdale Railroad is a vote for Berks County," said Commissioner Michael S. Rivera. "Making the Colebrookdale Railroad No. 1 will be a boost for tourism across Berks and Montgomery counties at a time when our tourism industries are hit hard."

The public can vote once a day in the poll now through Aug. 17. Voting also is taking place at or through the Colebrookdale Railroad’s Facebook page.

The Colebrookdale Railroad was third in voting on the leaderboard on Wednesday.

"The Colebrookdale Railroad offers some of the most beautiful, unspoiled scenery in southeastern Pennsylvania and features the most beautiful passenger train cars in the country," said Commissioners Chairman Christian Y. Leinbach. "We are proud it is in Berks County and grateful for this recognition on a national level."

In addition to the nomination, the Colebrookdale Railroad has recently received other major awards.

In June, Berks County beat out 3,200 other counties in receiving an innovation award from the National Association of Counties for the project and the National Endowment for Humanities awarded the railroad with a CARES Act grant

The Colebrookdale Railroad, a 9-mile freight line that winds its way along the Manatawny Creek through woodlands and over historical bridges, was first established as a link between Boyertown and Pottstown in 1869.

Upon learning that the line was going to be abandoned in 2009 and believing the history of the line was worth saving, the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust was formed and then approached the county for assistance.

The county bought the line in March 2009 for $1.35 million to continue service to its freight customers through an agreement with Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad.

Then, in 2014, commissioners turned it over to the Berks County Redevelopment Authority. The redevelopment authority established a partnership with the trust with the goal of keeping the freight business moving while also working to create a passenger service that would become a tourist destination.

"We are proud of the Colebrookdale Railroad's journey from historic freight line to tourist attraction and encourage our residents to support this local landmark by voting," said Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt. "This is just another way we can all take a minute out of our day to do something small that can have a much bigger impact in helping our community bounce back."

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