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How 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 passenger train cars have evolved over the years into the familiar cabs we know today.  Why Are…

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November 8, 2022

The Evolution of Travel on Passenger Trains

In the “Golden Age” of railroads, passenger trains were the safest and fastest mode of transportation. Near and far, they carried people to and from work, across state lines, and even across the country. They weren’t always the preferred method of travel, however. As we look into their history, we’ll examine how the passenger train…

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October 4, 2022

Experience Live Theater in Lancaster, PA: 9 of the Best Theaters for Live Entertainment 

Lancaster, PA has become an increasingly popular location to experience live theatre. From historic performing halls to experimental venues, there are plenty of live entertainment options to choose from. Below are nine of our favorite live theatre spots near Lancaster County.  1. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Rediscover the tradition of dinner theatre at The Dutch…

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September 7, 2022

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

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

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

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