Railroad & Engine Facts

Our Rolling Stock
Strasburg Rail Road has five working steam engines and 20 operating passenger cars, including our President’s Car, First Class Lounge Car, First Class Parlor Car and our Dining Car.

This locomotive celebrated her 100th birthday in 2006. She has a very unique 4-8-0 wheel arrangement. She is the only operable 12-wheel steam locomotive in North America.

Built in 1908, this locomotive has a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement.

This locomotive has a 2-6-0 wheel arrangement and was built in 1910.

This locomotive has a 2-10-0 wheel arrangement and was built in 1924.

Thomas has a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement and was built by Porter Co. in 1917. Acquired by Strasburg Rail Road Company in 1998, the locomotive was extensively remodeled to resemble the storybook character, Thomas the Tank Engine™.

Engine Fun Facts

  • On average, an engine uses a half ton of coal for the 45-minute trip
  • Engines need on average 1,000 gallons of water for the 45-minute trip
  • The locomotives cost about a half of a million dollars each to restore to the time period of 1910-1930
  • The railroad spends approximately $150,000 a year in maintenance to keep our locomotives safe and reliable

Railroad Quick Facts

  • Chartered in 1832
  • First used for passenger and freight; its main purpose was as an interchange with the Pennsylvania Railroad
  • Started operating as a tourist railroad in 1958
  • Celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2007
  • Received a state historical marker in May 2011 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  • Strasburg Rail Road is a top tourist destination in Pennsylvania, bringing in approximately 300,000 passengers a year
  • The Railroad continues to be a real, working railroad today – still hauling some freight
  • Strasburg Rail Road’s Mechanical Shop is the first steam railroad shop to hold the ASME “S” and NBIC “R” stamp, allowing them to design and build, as well as repair boilers across the country
  • Strasburg Rail Road specializes in replication and restoration of wooden coaches and rolling stock from the 19th and 20th centuries

Strasburg Rail Road and Hollywood

Strasburg Rail Road is no stranger to Hollywood.  Since the 1950s, America’s oldest short-line railroad has been called upon to produce and provide equipment for the silver screen.  The following films have utilized coach cars and locomotives from Strasburg Rail Road’s rolling stock.

  • Raintree Country (1956) starring Elizabeth Taylor
  • Hello, Dolly (1969) starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau
  • Gaily, Gaily (1969) starring Beau Bridges and Hume Cronyn
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad (1999)
  • Wild, Wild West (1999) starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline
  • Men Who Built America (2012) History Channel mini-series