Visit to the Strasburg Rail Road in Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIALocated in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, the Strasburg Rail Road is one of the most well-known tourist railroads in the lower 48 states. It is the oldest standard short-distance railroad in the United States and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

The railway houses one of the world’s largest fleets of historic wooden passenger cars. Guests can ride a historic train or visit the Strasburg Railroad Museum, a museum dedicated to railroad history.

The railway was licensed in 1832 and began operations in 1837. The first wage freighter was transported to the mill in Strasbourg. In 1851 the railroad began using a 4-2-0 locomotive. In 1926 they switched to diesel locomotives. The railroad was due to be abandoned in 1957, but local railfans stepped forward and saved it. The railroad was later incorporated into the Pennsylvania Railroad.

When the railroad was about to give up, two local railroad enthusiasts, Henry K. Long and Donald EL Hallock, organized a non-profit group that bought the railroad. They upgraded the tracks to 112-pound rails and renamed the line East Strasburg. It has passed all mechanical and boiler inspections.

Today, the Strasburg Rail Road offers three different shops and restaurants. There is a toy shop, a gift shop, a restaurant, the Hershey Farm Restaurant and an inn. His locomotive shops are a major source of income. They have restored many steam locomotives including the Norfolk & Western J Class.

The train ride “A Day with the Tank Engine Thomas” is a popular event on the Strasbourg railway route. This Easter-themed train ride takes place on the weekends and visitors can look forward to a special surprise. The train ride includes a wine and cheese tasting. Visitors can also ride the Cagney steam train, powered by an authentic locomotive.

Another popular event is the Easter Bunny Cruise, which takes place on Easter Sunday. Children are offered a special Easter treat on this train journey. Guests can also spend a day at the Strasburg Railroad Museum, which showcases life in a typical Pennsylvania “railway town” in the early 1900s. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission operates this museum.

The Strasburg Rail Road also features several special events and festivals. In the summer, visitors can enjoy Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine and the Cagney Steam Train. You can also attend the annual Summer Fun in the Sun Festival and Summer Train Fest.

The Strasburg Railroad is a great place to enjoy a day of entertainment, relaxation, and history. Visitors can enjoy the Strasburg Railroad Museum, which features a railroad yard, a 1915 city, and a variety of interactive activities. The Strasburg Railroad Museum is close to the National Toy Train Museum and the Red Caboose Motel. It’s only an hour and a half from Philadelphia and Baltimore. If you are traveling from New York, you can access the railroad by taking Amtrak’s Keystone Line, located near Lancaster.