A few days ago I mentioned that we spent a weekend visiting Lancaster County, PA. Well we were there to see all that the area has to offer, but the Strasburg Railroad was the main attraction.
The Strasburg Railroad 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.
I took the 45 minute ride on this steam train over a decade ago and loved it, so I couldn’t wait to introduce this fun attraction to my husband and daughter, and to see it again myself.
Emma loves her choo choo trains, so I knew she would be in awe of what we were about to see. We missed A Day Out with Thomas by one weekend, but I wanted us to all see the completely restored century-old train anyway. At least for our first visit.
Our seats were in Coach class. They were lovely, plush benches but there are more expensive options available, and you can also dine on the train. We stopped midway through the trip at the picnic area/farm play area and I videotaped the next train which we took back to the station.
I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Strasburg Railroad if you plan on touring the area. For more information on the Strasburg Rail Road or to purchase tickets, please
visit www.StrasburgRailRoad.com, or call 717.687.7522
Disclosure: While we were provided complimentary tickets from the Strasburg Railroad, the opinions stated above are my own.
blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
Very cool! We did a Christmas theme train ride once and we also took a train to Canada, but that’s all the rails I’ve done so far.
Cool! Looks like you all had fun!
The Strasburg Railroad is a must stop for us when we are in the area. My mother-in-law actually introduced us to it when my son was still 5 or 6.
This looks so much fun! Choo Choos are a big hit in this household too!
Nikki O says
Yay, we just went to the Strasburg Railroad yesterday for our Day Out with Thomas! Although we didn’t have free tickets, it is a great outing and day trip for families, well worth the money. Also, here’s a great money saving trip, don’t go in the gift shop ;) It’s too late for us because our oldest has been there 4 times so he already knows about it, but for any frugal families going for the first time, just don’t go in haha
You are funny, Nikki! We actually did go in, but didn’t buy anything until we got to our next destination!
We were kind of disappointed we didn’t plan it for Thomas weekend, but then again I knew it would have been a lot more crowded.