- most popular!
Enjoy a 45-minute train ride through the Pennsylvania countryside in one of our regular train cars! A great excursion for the whole family.
“Ready, Set, Start Your Engines” looks a whole lot different at the Strasburg Rail Road.
See first-hand how our steam locomotives are prepared for the day’s travels to Paradise, PA and back to the historic East Strasburg Station. We railroaders call it hostling the engine. Your small group (of no more than 10) will see the locomotive anatomy and hear some history, fun facts and intriguing trivia.
It’s also the only time you can climb aboard the engine and get a very up-close look at the mechanicals or peer inside the firebox. You’ll see the iron horse come alive and chug out of the engine house on her way to a day’s work at the Strasburg Rail Road.
Hostling Tours are typically offered on select Friday mornings during select parts of the year. Tours begin three hours prior to the first train of the day and last approximately two hours.
8 a.m. (or 9 a.m. on select days)
Please be aware of the following conditions, which necessitate proper attire for this tour.