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6 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

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 192th year of service, Strasburg Rail Road’s survival…

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August 3, 2022

PA Railfan Guide: 6 Of 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