Rail & Road: A Transportation Evolution

Available Dates:
  • October 12-14, 2019
Pre-purchase online or by phone at 1-866-725-9666

Join the Strasburg Rail Road and the locomotive 611, “the Queen of Steam,” for a celebration of early 20th-century land transportation technology.

This unique event, running October 12 – 14, 2019, includes the following opportunities:

  • 15-minute shuttle ride aboard Norfolk & Western Railway’s Class J 611 steam locomotive
  • Robust and varied displays of antique cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of three steam locomotives
  • Unique railroad-themed displays
  • Whistle blowing and locomotive cab tour opportunities
  • Strasburg Rail Road’s classic 45-minute steam excursion through Lancaster County farmland

An Evolution of How America Moved

The first half of the 20th Century saw unprecedented change in how people moved, how goods were transported, how mail was communicated, and how an economy advanced itself. The pace of life quickened, and the expectation of speed and efficiency increased.

Strasburg Rail Road’s locomotive #475 and the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s Class J 611 represent opposite ends of this spectrum, with #475 having been built in 1906 and the 611 capping the culmination of steam technology in 1950. Both locomotives hail from the great Norfolk & Western Railway, known for excellence in the area of steam technology. 

With these locomotives and their corresponding dates of operation as our guide, the Strasburg Rail Road will welcome a myriad of land vehicles to provide a wide-ranging display of how America moved between 1900 and 1960. Join us, October 12-14, for Rail & Road: A Transportation Evolution


WANTED: Antique Cars, Trucks, Buses, Motorcycles

Do you have a land vehicle from 1960 or earlier? Find out how you can participate in this special event by clicking HERE!