Visit to Strasburg, PA

Strasburg, PA is a bit of a railroading Mecca; in addition to the Strasburg Railroad, which operates historic steam locomotives on a daily basis, there is also the Red Caboose Motel, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the National Toy Train Museum to consider. Here are some pictures of the visit Gwen and I made in August, 2010:

Strasburg Railroad

Gwen and I took advantage of a special Wine Tasting event that was being held on the train by a local winery. The consist included several wooden coaches and two parlor cars, all being pulled by Strasburg #90. The #90 is a Decapod (2-10-0) formerly of the Great Western Railway, Baldwin Class of '24 .

Two lovely ladies posing; my wife and #90 :).

This locomotive was in storage across the street at the museum.

Here we are standing in front of the parlor car we rode in.

This is the interior of the parlor car.

Red Caboose Motel

The Red Caboose Motel is a unique place to stay; it features several dozen cabooses, along with a handful of passenger cars, that have been remodeled into guest rooms. The cars have all recently been repainted into a number of historic schemes. Gwen and I stayed in the New Haven caboose during our stay!

National Toy Train Museum

The National Toy Train Museum sits adjacent to the Red Caboose Motel, and has an astonishing array of toy and model trains dating from the 19th century clear through to the modern day. These displays are not just static; there are several operating layouts to be seen as well!

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

This truly excellent museum is across the street from the Strasburg Railroad. Most of the equipment outside is in rough shape, as it is only being stored pending restoration. Indoors, an amazingly well-preserved collection of rolling stock can be found. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures of the equipment indoors, as we were too busy taking video ;).

Photos by Andy Rucker