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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

Railroad Workers Of The Past And Present

Since the beginning of America’s railroading history, railroad workers have always played an essential role in maintaining the safety of the train and its passengers. From operating the locomotive to surveying the land where the tracks were laid, each person’s role was unique. Explore the types of railroad workers that were most popular in the…

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July 18, 2023

The Rich History Of Train Car Dining

When passenger trains came into popular use, train car dining didn’t exist. It wasn’t until later, after the Civil War, that dining became a regular feature of train transit. As dining cars and the food they served continued to improve, train car dining started to rival some of the best five-star restaurants across the country….

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June 15, 2023

5 Historic Steam Engines At Strasburg Rail Road

Photo courtesy of Christopher R. Pollock. Whether you’re a railfan or not, you can’t deny the profound history that steam locomotives played in American history. At one point in time, steam was the “it” method of transportation. Strasburg Rail Road’s equipment roster is full of historic steam engines and unique motive power that you can…

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May 9, 2023

Beginner’s Guide to Railroad Signals: How To Read US Train Signals

Railroad signals play a crucial role in the safety of train transit. Just like normal highway traffic lights, railroad signals direct the engineman on how to proceed. But these signals are much more complex than normal traffic lights. This guide breaks down US Railroad signals into three sections: category, type, and how to read. We’ve…

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April 3, 2023

5 Educational Places to Take Kids in Lancaster County

As a child, some of your fondest memories are formed by getting out of the house and exploring with your family or friends. From historical landmarks to museums, there are plenty of exciting and educational places to take kids in and around Lancaster County.  Whether you’re looking for field trips for schools or family things…

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February 14, 2023

What Is a Train Car House?

  Who knew there’d be a market for train car houses? As people became interested in the concept of living minimally, tiny houses hit the market. From there, contractors and designers started getting more creative with their builds, making homes from storage containers, old school buses, and now old train cars. Read on to learn…

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January 23, 2023

How Heritage Railways Preserve History

It’s hard to imagine a life where cars and planes didn’t exist. These are simple luxuries that most people take advantage of every day. But there was a time when these methods of transport fell short and steam railways reigned supreme.  As train ridership started to dwindle in the early-to-mid 50s, railfans pushed for railroad…

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December 7, 2022

How Types of Passenger Train Cars Have Evolved

Since their inception in the early 1800s, passenger train cars have undergone countless modifications. What started as small, unsteady, wooden carriages have fostered into massive, high-speed, aluminum cars that can transport more passengers over further distances.    Learn how different types of passenger train cars have evolved over the years into the familiar cabs we know…

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November 8, 2022