Strasburg Rail Road’s Mechanical Shop Expansion is Underway
Strasburg, PA (Nov 2016) – With the goal of adding capacity for contract work and improving efficiency and safety, Strasburg Rail Road Company (SRC) officially kicks off its $1.75M mechanical shop expansion project. The 12,000 sq. ft. addition is being built on the east side of the current 18,000 sq. ft. shop, which handles steam locomotive and passenger car repair, restoration and reproduction for Strasburg Rail Road and other railroads and museums across the country. The project is slated for completion in Spring 2017.
For more than 50 years, the mechanical department of the Strasburg Rail Road has been producing world-class work in the steam railroading industry. The Railroad’s boiler shop is among just a few railroad shops in the country that have ASME and NBIC certificates, allowing them to design, build and repair boilers in any jurisdiction in the country. The project includes adding some new equipment including a state-of-the-art CNC Machine.
Strasburg Rail Road currently employs 24 people in the Mechanical Shop and anticipates adding six more fulltime positions between now and the completion of the project. The increased space and added manpower will allow SRC to increase contract work by 25%, making the project workload evenly split between in-house and contracted projects.
“As a shop, we are overstretched. The new facility will enable us to meet the expectations of our customers and better handle our own projects for the tourist side of our business,” states Linn Moedinger, President and Chief Mechanical Officer of Strasburg Rail Road.
Strasburg Rail Road holds the unique distinction as America’s oldest short line railroad and is a designated heritage site. Founded during the first term of President Andrew Jackson, Strasburg Rail Road was incorporated by a special act of the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1832. Through the years, Strasburg Rail Road has become one of Pennsylvania’s most popular tourist destinations and is recognized as one of America’s most significant examples of the early 19th century railroading.