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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Steam  Locomotive  1223.
Steam Locomotive 1223.
John Cowgill

When you think about railroads and the state of Pennsylvania, there are so many famous rail sites and railroad excursions that you can bring up. The railroad is a major part of the history of the state of Pennsylvania. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania encompasses all of that history under one roof.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has one of the largest collections of locomotives, rail cars and artifacts in the United States. You will notice this is before you approach the museum from the east or the south. The collection includes steam locomotives including the Lindbergh locomotive that raced a plane, electric locomotives, diesel locomotives to include the last E7 in the world, historic box cars, plus many others under one big climate controlled roof or outside where there is also an old turntable. Among the huge collection you will also find model train displays, an honor roll, a kids play area, a train simulator and a gift shop just to name a few. Be advised that when you come to this museum, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to see everything. If that is not enough, the Strasburg Railroad, the oldest short line railroad in the United States, is across the street where there is plenty more to do.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is located in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the Lancaster suburb of Strasburg, Pennsylvania on Pennsylvania Route 741 (300 Gap Road) just east of Pennsylvania Route 896. It is a three hour drive from the DC Area, and it is open all year round. General admission is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors and $8.00 for children 3 to 11. (Rates many vary due to specific events.) Go to for more information on museum hours, to learn about the history of the museum, to read about their numerous restorations and to look up special events hosted by the museum. For the rail fan, this place will fail to disappoint you.

Electric  Locomotive  4935  at  the  Railroad  Museum  of  Pennsylvania
John Cowgill