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Railroad plans candlelit tours

GALLITZIN — The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will hold a candlelit tour of the Allegheny Portage Railroad on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31.

The tours will explain the darker side of life and death on the Portage Railroad. Visitors can learn about the hazards that workers and travelers of the 1830s and 1840s faced as they crossed the Allegheny Mountains.

The family-friendly tours are about 50 minutes long, and will depart at 6; 6:20; 6:40; 7; 7:20; 7:40; 8; 8:20; and 8:40 p.m., according to Park Ranger Elizabeth Shope, the site’s public information officer.

Because of COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials, the tour will be held outside. Tours will be limited to 10 people.

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, masks and social distancing are encouraged. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 814-886-6150. Tours will be held rain or shine.

In the event of inclement weather, the event may be canceled. Check the local media outlets and/or the park website for details.

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