- TOP OF THE LINE
Ride in luxury when you come aboard one of our premium First Class cars pulled by one of our regular excursion trains. Choose from the President’s Car, Parlor Car, or either of the two Lounge Cars.
PERFORMER SCHEDULE —
May 26, 2023: Jared Mancuso & Nick Gallardo as Buddy Holly & Ritchie Valens
Sept. 29, 2023: Lancaster’s Hit Trio: Perfect Harmony
Oct. 27, 2023: Lancaster’s Leading Ladies: Mary Kate Hughes & Madison Paige Buck
Nov. 11, 2023: Strasburg Rail Road’s Own: Michael J. Austin & Kathryn Williams
Dec. 6, 2023: Christmas Candlelight Concerts
Dec. 7, 2023: Christmas Candlelight Concerts
Dec. 13, 2023: Christmas Candlelight Concerts
Dec. 14, 2023: Christmas Candlelight Concerts
SEE BELOW FOR FULL BIOGRAPHIES.
Unwind from the hustle and bustle of the hectic work week with an intimate evening of live entertainment aboard an iconic steam train ride through the heart of Lancaster County. Le Train Cabaret – only at the Strasburg Rail Road – spotlights a new regional favorite artist performing LIVE onboard our top-of-the-line, First-Class accommodation.
On select evenings from March to June and September to December, relax to the train’s subtle sway, enjoy complimentary cocktails and light fare, and listen to the soothing songs of the evening’s performer. Don’t miss this unique experience to be up close and personal with some of the region’s top singers/performers…only at the Strasburg Rail Road!
Passengers (Ages 21+): $70
– Guests must be ready to present a valid photo ID.
– One complimentary drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and light fare is included.
45 minutes (4.5 miles east and 4.5 miles returning west on the same track). Boarding for the Le Train Cabaret experience begins 15 minutes before departure.
May 26, 2023
& Nick Gallardo
This is rock ‘n roll as you’ve never heard or seen before. This duo has toured the United States and performed on cruise ships around the world with their amped-up renditions of classic hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s. They will have guests singing and dancing along to hits from iconic artists like Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Ritchie Valens, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more.
Jared Mancuso has been performing since he could start dancing in his crib. He grew up in New Hope, PA, and holds an acting degree from Marymount Manhattan College. He currently writes and records original music when he isn’t touring.
Nick Gallardo has been an actor and musician since his childhood as he grew up listening to the sounds of early Rock ‘n Roll with his musician father. With an extensive list of theatrical shows, he has also established himself as a seasoned concert entertainer.
September 29, 2023
Perfect Harmony is a dynamic vocal trio specializing in storytelling through music and based out of Lancaster, PA. The vocalists are Ric Zimmerman, Kat Prickett, and Sarah Poague. With an impressive, combined experience, they are known for their stunning vocal blend and stellar harmonies in original arrangements, accompanied by live piano and acapella. They specialize in a variety of music styles from Broadway to Gospel and have performed at numerous venues locally as well as the Mid-Atlantic, including Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN and The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. Most recently, they opened for Larry Gatlin (of Gatlin Brothers fame). They feel grateful for the opportunity to share their gift of music with people from all walks of life, and hope to encourage and inspire with every performance.
October 27, 2023
Mary Kate Hughes
& Madison Paige Buck
Madison and Mary Kate are best friends and no strangers to the stage. Locally, they are both regular leading artists at American Music Theater, the historic Fulton Theatre, and Prima Theatre.
Madison Paige Buck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre and Opera from Temple University and has found success working as a Lead Singer and pop/rock front woman for regional theatres all over the United States and on Holland America Cruise Lines. Buck’s favorite credits include the lead singer in What Happens in Vegas, Pattie in Beehive, and Les Misérables.
Mary Kate Hughes (commonly known as “MK”) is from Mississippi and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Belmont University. While studying at Belmont University, she appeared in the PBS broadcast special, Christmas at Belmont. Her most celebrated work is her one-woman show, Natural Woman: A Tribute to Carole King.
November 11, 2023
Michael J. Austin
& Kathryn Williams
Michael and Kathryn have been friends for many years and are not strangers to stages here in Lancaster and around the world.
Michael Austin is Strasburg Rail Road’s Head of Entertainment, responsible for bringing our special events and shows to life. He has performed and originated lead roles throughout the United States and internationally in 40+ countries with Live Nation Concerts, Royal Caribbean, Broadway Asia, Big Concerts South Africa, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Celebrity Cruises, SES Live, The Atlanta Opera, the historic Fulton Theatre, and many more. In addition to his role as Head of Entertainment, he is an industry-respected writer and lyricist, producer, and creative director, and served for years as an Event, Operations, & Logistics Manager for companies representing Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Omni Hotels, Microsoft, and hundreds more. He was also a lead singer at American Music Theatre, since 2011, and recently completed his tenth show with the company.
Kathryn Williams is currently in her second season with the Strasburg Rail Road as a performer and vocal captain. In addition to recent performances in the Fulton Theatre’s productions of Doubt, Sleeping Beauty, Shrek, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, she has spent years entertaining audiences around the world aboard Celebrity Cruises, Holland American Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Regent Cruises. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Liberty University.
Christmas Candlelight Concerts 2023
December 6, 7, 13, and 14 ONLY
Situated on the beautiful First-Class Parlor Car No. 88 (“The Marian”), guests will be treated to a buffet of holiday hors d’oeuvres and seasonal drinks at the bar while enjoying holiday-themed performances by the talented crew of the Strasburg Rail Road’s Entertainment Department. With styles ranging from traditional carols to modern Christmas classics and lighter comedic offerings to ageless Christmas favorites, there is something for everyone.
This exclusive, intimate event features our Head of Entertainment, Michael J. Austin, along with his wonderful team of performers including Abby Dupler, Alyssa Crook, Paul Hughes, William Lentz, Terron Quailes, Kathryn Williams, and Rylynn Woods.
ATTENTION: Please note that all Le Train Cabaret passengers must be age 21 or older with a proper photo ID to board the train. Each guest will be carded pursuant to state law. In addition, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, alcohol can only be served during the train ride. Alcoholic drinks must be consumed before exiting the train; alcohol is not permitted off the train. Strasburg Rail Road is not permitted to serve alcoholic drinks while the train is berthed in the Station.