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Adult Ages 12 and up
Child Ages 2-11


a group of people sitting at a train stationThe summer of 1863 comes alive aboard the fully narrated, 45-minute excursion train ride along the 4.5-mile stretch (9 miles round trip) pulled by a historic steam locomotive traveling through 2,500 acres of the picturesque Lancaster County Amish countryside.



In the early summer of 1863, the Confederate Army’s goal was to march north to capture Lancaster and Harrisburg with Philadelphia as their ultimate goal. However, on June 28, 1863, the wooden covered bridge spanning the 1-mile-wide Susquehanna River was burned, which prevented the Confederates from crossing the river. They turned around and headed west to a small town named Gettysburg where the two armies met July 1 – 3.

But what if the bridge never burned, and the Confederates marched across the river and the Union troops had to defend Lancaster and the railroads from the approaching Confederate forces? What if the Southern troops made it to the sleepy town of Strasburg on their march to Philadelphia?

Passengers visiting the Strasburg Rail Road will experience this historical fictional scenario through the sights, sounds, and smells of 1863. Live encampments, roaming uniformed troops, small battle skirmishes, artillery demonstrations, and more will happen on the train and around the mall. (Note: All battle skirmishes between the North and South will happen along the line and require a ticket to view.)

Battles/skirmishes – each that tells a part of the story – will occur on the following train times. 
– 12:00 PM
– 2:00 PM
– 4:00 PM
– 6:00 PM (Saturday Only)

[Guests aboard the train can view each battle separately or ride multiple times to see different portions of the fictional story.]

a group of people standing in front of a building

Lancaster Fencibles, c. 1863, courtesy of LancasterHistory


The Day Pass is the best way to experience the entire event. Each Day Pass holder will be issued a specific wristband,
which permits them all-day event admission around the mall area as well as multiple rides per day aboard the Coach Class accommodations.
Wristbands must be worn for readmission to the steam train.

a large long train on a leather chair

For additional seating options and prices for Civil War Days, view these: