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Strasburg Rail Road’s History: How We Became America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Railroad

If you google Strasburg, Pennsylvania, it’s impossible not to find a mention of its railroad. Since the borough’s founding in 1816, Strasburg has earned its nickname of “train town,” so clearly its railroad plays an important role in the history of Strasburg, PA. Though it’s in its 190th year of service, Strasburg Rail Road’s survival…

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August 3, 2022

PA Railfan Guide: The Best Places for Train Enthusiasts in Lancaster County

Are you a train buff looking for a PA railfan guide of places to explore? Lancaster County has a variety of activities for stream train enthusiasts to enjoy.  From museums and model train displays to train rides on operational steam locomotives, the following railfan guide outlines some of the best train attractions in and around…

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June 30, 2022

10 of the Best Kids Activities in Lancaster County, PA

It’s about that time of the year again! The kids are home from school for the summer and are itching for an adventure. It’s an exciting time! But for mom or dad, it can be stressful trying to plan unique, fun things for your children to do.  Skip the stress – this list has 10…

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June 30, 2022

Railroad Terms Glossary

Within just a few minutes of visiting the Strasburg Rail Road, your ears will be buzzing with all sorts of terms you may not have heard before. Or maybe you have heard them before, but you’re not entirely sure what they mean. We’re here to help you have a better understanding of common railroad terminology…

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May 11, 2022

Celebrate Easter at Strasburg Rail Road

Excitement is in the air at America’s oldest continuously operating railroad. Easter weekend brings a sense of renewal, from the smell of the fresh country air and spring flowers, to the anticipation on the faces of little ones as they prepare for a journey they won’t soon forget. Welcome to the Easter Bunny Train, a…

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March 11, 2021

Visit Strasburg, PA: The Perfect Day Trip

Strasburg is the perfect place for a quick day trip or long weekend for families, couples, or anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors of Amish Country. As the most historic town in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Strasburg is home to quaint shops, cozy places to stay, delicious local food, Amish farmland, local artisans, and historic sites you won’t want to miss. Hours of adventure are just a short drive away! Things to Do in Strasburg, PA For a small village, Strasburg is packed with things to do and see. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, local cuisine, new discoveries, or engaging activities, you’ll find it at Strasburg. Strasburg Rail Road One of the most popular attractions in Strasburg is the Strasburg Rail Road America’s oldest short line. People have driven to Strasburg to ride the 4.5-mile track aboard an authentic…

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July 20, 2020

Changing with the Times

As America’s oldest continuously operating railroad, Strasburg Rail Road knows how to adapt to the times. Since our founding in 1832, we have weathered periods of economic boon and downturn, and we have found ways to adjust our services and operations to meet the needs of our Guests. At the start of our 2020 season, we marked our 60th year of offering authentic steam train rides to visitors from near and far, and we began our planned $1 million in enhancements both on and off the tracks. Now, to adhere to safety regulations due to COVID-19, Strasburg Rail Road is also implementing new protocols for the safety of our Guests and Team Members. Please take a moment to review our policies prior to visiting. When visiting Strasburg Rail Road, keep your eyes open for a few new features spanning from…

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June 1, 2020

Ride Like A President

In the early 1900s, celebrity looked a little different than it does today. Socialites and business tycoons couldn’t use social media or airtime to broadcast their social status. They could, however, afford to travel in style for comfort and social status. And on the rails, that meant riding in a “business car.” Business cars were…

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February 10, 2020

Our Favorite Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions the Whole Family can Enjoy Building Christmas experiences with your loved ones leads to treasured memories and new family traditions. To spread a little holiday cheer, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the season with our friends and family. Our ideas run from fun and entertaining to cozy…

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November 26, 2019

Christmas Train Ride Tips and Activities

Getting the Most from Your Christmas Train Experience Taking a ride aboard a Strasburg Rail Road Christmas train will get you and your kids into the holiday spirit this Christmas season. Whether you’re celebrating early with a ride in November or waiting until the last weekend before Christmas, we are excited for you to join…

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November 13, 2019

Reunion of Steam

For the first time in more than 60 years, two locomotives representing the last of their kind will be in the same place – Strasburg Rail Road – for excursion rides, photo sessions, whistleblowing, behind-the-scenes tours, and special in-cab experiences. Our once-in-a-lifetime Reunion of Steam event reunites two iconic Norfolk & Western Railway locomotives for…

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September 18, 2019

Thomas and Percy Return!

Thomas and Percy are headed back to Strasburg Rail Road for our September Day Out With Thomas Event! We are excited about welcoming the dynamic duo to our station, and we invite you to join in the fun and make the most out of your time with us! As Thomas the Tank EngineTM rolls into…

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August 27, 2019