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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

300 Gap Road, PA Route 741, Strasburg, PA 17579
+1 717-687-8628
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Strasburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Experience the awe-inspiring power of trains and the fascinating heritage of our nation's railroading. There is something for everyone to enjoy in... more » Owner description: Experience the awe-inspiring power of trains and the fascinating heritage of our nation's railroading. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the Museum's family-friendly and innovative education and preservation programs. This world-class collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars includes everything from classic woodburners and mammoth steam engines to sleek, electric-powered and diesel locomotives. A number of these authentic locomotives and railroad cars are open regularly for you to explore. Take the throttle on a simulated run in a real Norfolk Southern freight locomotive cab, sit in an engineer's seat, climb aboard a caboose, explore Steinman Station early 20th century passenger depot and telegraph office and inspect a 62-ton locomotive from underneath. Walk 100 years back in time past the general store, hotel and tavern, union office, photography studio and railroader's home. Watch restoration activities in real time via closed circuit TV, enjoy hands-on activities in Stewart Junction railway education center, view changing exhibits of art and artifacts in the second floor gallery and browse the Whistle Stop Shop museum store. The Museum also is home to a vast library and archives, featuring more than half a million railroad-related photographic images, 13,000 artifacts including tools, uniforms, signals, timetables, telegraph equipment and much more. Special events are held throughout the year. Free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi. Virtual tours of equipment may be downloaded on your mobile device. Group tours, facility rentals, memberships and volunteer opportunities also are available. « less
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My husband loves everything train. So, my kids and I decided to surprise him and visit the museum. His eyes lit up the minute we walked in! You'd thought he was a little kid again. There is just so much to see and Lear n about rail history. You have to visit. One thing try to visit when the weather... More

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Jackson, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a good place to visit if you have even a casual interest in railroads. They have old train cars and engines (steam, diesel and electric) you can see. You can actually go in many. They also have a simulator to take control of a train as well as other interactive exhibits.

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Great Neck, New York, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This the mother of all railroad museums. An enormous shed houses dozens of beautifully restored trains dating from every period and for every purpose. There are many interesting exhibits on every aspect of railroading. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes: the walkways between the tracks are concrete and there is a lot of territory to cover. An outside yard holds... More

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Paradise, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Very cute place,loved the trains.This was more for kids but we did enjoy visiting.We did love the ride on the train.

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Swain, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The museum has all kinds of history of the railroad which has made our country the country it is today - first class. It's nice to see the great engineering that happened years ago and how it has progressed though the years.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This Museum is just fantastic! Beautifully restored engines of all eras, and you can walk among these behemoths and underneath them. Kids and adults will LOVE this Museum!!

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New Bern, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Terrific museum of trains and railroad memorabilia. So many locomotives of all flavors and ages, in pristine condition, under one roof. You can even walk underneath a steam engine and go into a few of the engines and cars. The museum also has working full passenger trains on which you can take a 45 minute ride through the countryside. We... More

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Binghamton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Great pieces of our country's railroad history to touch, see, and explore. Very affordable too. Amazing that they can keep full size locomotives and rolling stock in such great restored condition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

So many trains to see and so e that you can actually get in and look at. Very frie dly and knowledgeable staff. Would go again!

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Union Bridge, Maryland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The overall collection is great with a large collection of rail artifacts. Don't miss the chance to walk down under a steam engine.

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