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Best Model & Toy Trains for Kids & Collectors

Toy trains are a timeless childhood pastime. For generations, they’ve been bringing excitement to playtime. For some of us railfans, that passion never leaves. Whether you’re a parent looking to find railroad toys for your kids, or you’re a collector looking to expand your trove, discover some of the top model & toy trains below. …

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June 27, 2024

Caboose Facts & History

The caboose is an iconic symbol of America’s railroad history. For over a hundred years, this unique train car traveled at the rear of every train across the country.  From their origins as simple platforms to their evolution into fully-equipped crew quarters, explore the fascinating history of the caboose and its impact on the American…

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June 4, 2024

6 Romantic Train Rides And Activities To Try At Strasburg Rail Road

 There’s nothing better than sharing a romantic experience with someone you love. Strasburg Rail Road, offers a large selection of rail-based activities and dining options for you and your significant other. Looking for some railroad romance or simply a fun excursion? Read to explore 6 romantic train rides and activities you and your partner will…

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May 3, 2024

Learning About the Short Line Railroad

If you are familiar with the history of Strasburg Rail Road, then you are sure to have heard many interesting facts about the railroad itself. One such is that we are referred to as a short line railroad. What is a short line railroad? How does it differ from a normal railroad, and why are…

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April 11, 2024

Popular Trains In Fiction For Kids

When you hear about trains and their fictional representations, your mind may first go to Thomas the Tank Engine™  and all of his train friends. While Thomas is certainly one of the most famous fictional trains, he is far from the only one. Read our blog to discover how trains in fiction have shown up…

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February 27, 2024

10 Questions And Answers About The Original Thomas The Tank Engine

Thomas is headed to Strasburg Rail Road in beautiful Lancaster County. While we’re busy prepping for this exciting event, we rounded up some fun facts to help you and your young ones become Thomas experts!  Check out our list of commonly asked questions and facts about the original Thomas the Tank Engine™. Once you arrive…

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February 23, 2024

6 Family-Friendly Train Rides At Strasburg Rail Road

  At Strasburg Rail Road, we pride ourselves on creating memorable experiences and instilling a love of all things locomotives. In fact, many of our most popular rides are family-friendly and go above and beyond educating about our many trains and history. Looking to start new family traditions or a place to add to the…

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December 29, 2023

All About Railroad Signs: How To Recognize And React Appropriately To Them

Railroads will typically have signs posted in order to alert people and vehicles to the nearby conditions of trains or tracks. Like railroad signals, they are vital as warnings and guides, so it’s important to have a basic understanding of railroad sign meanings. This blog will list many of the common railroad signs you may…

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December 27, 2023

The Wine and Cheese Train: Your Wine and Train Guide

At Strasburg Rail Road, our popular Wine & Cheese Train is a great way to spend the evening enjoying the company of your friends, that special someone for date night, or just treating yourself to a relaxing steam train ride through Lancaster County.  New to wine and cheese tasting? To help you prepare for your…

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November 20, 2023

4 Reasons Why Strasburg Rail Road Is One Of The Most Unique Event Venues In Lancaster County, PA

Whether you’re party planning for a major occasion or organizing a small event, Strasburg Rail Road is the unique event venue you’re looking for. Able to host both large and small parties for a variety of celebrations, it’s the perfect place to gather. Keep reading to see 4 different occasions and reasons to consider Strasburg…

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November 1, 2023

Laws About Railroad Tracks: Your FAQ Guide

By the time we reach the driving age, most people are knowledgeable about road safety laws. All drivers need to be — understanding which actions are safe and which are illegal not only protects you as a driver, but it helps protect any other drivers and passengers on the road.  What many of us don’t…

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September 1, 2023

10 Railroad Tycoons: The Good, Bad, & Questionable Pioneers Of The Railroad Industry

Between 1860 and 1900, the rate of railroad construction was increasing faster than ever. But what led to the rapid development of our railways?  That answer depends on who you ask. Certainly, innovation was a driving factor, but looking back, many would argue that the driving force for railroad tycoons was money and power.  While…

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August 14, 2023