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Red Caboose Motel Review
Strasburg Pennsylvania
Lancaster Amish Country

Located on Paradise Lane in Strasburg, PA, the Red Caboose Motel is a very unique motel indeed.  In an area of Strasburg where old trains and railroad related memorabilia are everywhere, the Red Caboose Motel gives you the opportunity to stay overnight and sleep in a genuine caboose in the middle of Amish farm country.  The grounds of the Red Caboose Motel is only a few minutes and within sight and walking distance of the Strasburg Railroad train station.  The hourly train rides of the Strasburg Railroad will travel right past the front of the Red Caboose Motel property giving you the chance to watch a historical steam locomotive pulling fully restored passenger cars past on its way toward Paradise PA, then back again to the station later.


The Red Caboose Motel also has an authentic rail dining car where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view (pictured to the right, dining car on the left of the main building).  This dining car looks much as it did years ago when it was in service and the Pennsylvania Dutch food is great.  Don't be alarmed if you feel the dining car move as though it were going down the rails.  They have cleverly rigged a push button device that simulates the rail car is moving down the tracks!

The Red Caboose Motel has a great gift shop, most of which is a large train display where the kids, young and old, can watch all sorts of scale model trains chug around the tracks.  The gift shop also has many displays made from authentic train parts including walls that were once part of the exteriors of box cars.

Walk around the grounds of The Red Caboose Motel and discover farm animals, a children's playground, a silo converted to a lookout tower as well as many more surprises.  You'll definitely want to walk around and look at all the different styles and paint schemes of the cabooses themselves.  Each caboose has it's own characteristic style and color schemes of specific railroad lines around the country.

Directly behind the grounds of The Red Caboose Motel, is the National Toy Train Museum.  After spending the night in a caboose walk over and enjoy the interactive displays where you and the kids can push button to make the trains move and landscape come alive.

Later, you can enjoy all that there is to do within a 10 minute drive!



The Evening Strasburg Train Passing The Red Caboose Motel



Walking around the grounds of The Red Caboose Motel


Walking around the grounds you'll find a working barn, home to many animals and a playground for the children. The Silo is converted to a lookout tower where you can get a great view of the surrounding area.

Say Hello to the horses and feed the other farm animals!


    Enjoy a Horse and Buggy ride!
The Gift Shop
To the right, the dining car and the view from the dining car looking towards the Strasburg Railroad station.




The Caboose to the right and below was undergoing major renovation.


To the right, the Strasburg Ice Cream Parlor in the center of town.


The National Toy Train Museum

Located behind The Red Caboose Motel is The National Toy Train Museum.  The National Toy Train Museum is operated by the Train Collectors Association and is home to a huge collection of toy trains and memorabilia.

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Red Caboose Motel Address:
The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant
312 Paradise Lane
Strasburg, PA 17579
Phone: 717-687-5000
Toll Free: 888-687-5005

Local Attractions:
Strasburg Railroad
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
National Toy Train Museum
AAA Buggy Rides
Amazing Maize Maze
Sight and Sound Theater
Kitchen Kettle Village
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Village
Choo Choo Barn
Ghost Tour of Lancaster
American Music Theater

Also if you like shopping, check out the two local outlet locations. Tanger Outlet Centers and Rockvale Square Outlets where you'll find over a hundred stores such as Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Lenox, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Sony, Gap, Reebok, Liz Claiborne, Harry & David, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more all at outlet prices.  Spend some time driving around the beautiful countryside and visit the local Pennsylvania Dutch shops, many off the beaten path.


From the West:
Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) East to Exit #247 (Harrisburg East). Follow Route 283 East to Lancaster to Route 30 East. Follow Route 30 East and make a right onto South Ronks Road. The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant is 2.4 miles down on the left.

From the East:
Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) West to Valley Forge Exit 326. Get on Route 202 South to Route 30 West Downingtown / Chester. Follow Route 30 West for approximately 24 miles then make a left onto Route 41 then a right onto 741. Follow 741 for 7 miles and look for signs for The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant is on the right.

From the South:
I-95 North to Baltimore to I-695 West to I-83 North. Follow I-83 North to York to Route 30 East. Continue on Route 30 East for approximately 33 miles and make a right onto 896 South. Make a left onto 741 and look for The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant on the left in about a mile.





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