|Strasburg Railroad, Pennsylvania
Lancaster Amish Country
Rail Road, located just east of the town of Strasburg, Pennsylvania in the
heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is a historical steam
locomotive powered tourist railroad that dates back to
1832. It is considered the oldest railroad
company operating in the United States under its original
charter, dated June 9, 1832. The Strasburg Rail Road was run by
local interests until 1957, when service ended due to severe
storm damage. A group of railroad buffs restored it to
operation, and excursions started in 1959 as one of the first
tourist railroad in the US, and today, is among the most
successful tourist railroad operations.
The Strasburg Rail
Road takes visitors on a 45-minute journey to Paradise;
literally, to the town of Paradise as it travels past
breath-taking scenery and real working Amish farms.
Passengers ride in beautifully restored, authentic passenger
cars as they are pulled by a huge, coal-burning steam
locomotive. The train also has a dining car which allows
visitors to eat while enjoying a scenic ride.
Passengers buy their train tickets from the East Strasburg
Station, circa 1915, where they'll discover shops including a
Thomas the tank engine gift shop, a restaurant, rail car
displays, a historic water tower and historic buildings.
At the station, you can take a ride on a Cagney miniature steam
train, power a vintage Pump Car. Children can have fun on
a vintage ride called the Cranky Cars.
Take a Noon Shop Tour
and watch steam engines and passenger cars being built and
refurbished / restored in the rail road's own shop.
One of the highlights of the year at the Strasburg Rail Road
is the Day
out with Thomas The Tank Engine events, scheduled
three times throughout the year. Children, young and old can
take a ride pulled by a steam powered Thomas the tank engine.
Directly across the street from the Strasburg Train Station is
the the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. The railroad functions
as the museum's link to the Amtrak main line in Paradise.