Enjoy a 45-minute train ride through the Pennsylvania countryside in one of our regular train cars! A great excursion for the whole family.
- President's Car Private Charters
Private Christmastime Train Rides
Recreate the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve with an exclusive experience aboard the Strasburg Rail Road! Climb aboard Santa’s personal railcar and ride as a rail baron in majestic, holiday style.
Ideal for a private family experience, your journey begins as you step aboard the historic Philadelphia & Reading business-class railcar. Explore the car’s opulence before settling into the cozy Observation Room for a private reading of Clement C. Moore’s classic, The Night Before Christmas. Your storyteller will bring the poem alive as you travel our historic railroad.
Complimentary snack and beverage service is provided by your personal First Class Attendant. Your unique experience is concluded in a memorable fashion as Santa himself joins your party for a private meet & greet!
- Enjoy a complimentary plate of Christmas cookies.
- Beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks, and milk are served complimentary during your ride.*
- Santa looks forward to presenting a small gift to each child!
- Your storyteller will offer to take photos with your phone or camera of your family/friends with Santa.
The President’s Car of the former Philadelphia & Reading Railroad
Philadelphia & Reading Car No. 10, commonly known as “The Reading” during its heyday, is an Edwardian-era business car. Business-class cars were built for the railroad’s top brass—company presidents and other high-level officials. These cars were essentially a house on wheels that transported railroad officials “over the line” to carry out their railroad responsibilities. These cars were often the pride of the railroad fleet with their handcrafted woodwork, rich tapestries, over-stuffed furniture, and much more.
Philadelphia & Reading Car No. 10, now known as “The President’s Car,” was built in 1913 for George F. Bair, then president of both the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) and Franklin & Marshall College.
ATTENTION: In accordance with Pennsylvania law, we may not serve alcohol to anyone under the legal age of 21 years. Proper ID is required for service. Furthermore, alcohol is only served during the train ride. We are not permitted to serve alcoholic beverages while the train is berthed in the station.