Strasburg Railroad is located an hour northeast of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Historic in nature and charming in attitude, Strasburg isn’t only home to the wildly famous Strasburg Railroad Thomas the Train rides, but that is easily one of the biggest draws pulling tourists in. For non-Thomas fans, there is still plenty of reason to check out this attraction and take in the striking vistas via train excursion.
The history revealed in the Strasburg Railroad Museum compels visitors to look farther into the train’s past and imagine life in the 1830s, the time of the railroad’s original inauguration. The museum sits directly across from the Strasburg Railroad, making it super easy to visit and even stay awhile without worry, in addition to visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park on your vacation. More than 100 railway cars and locomotives of all kinds and ages are on display at the Strasburg Railroad Museum. A Combo Pass offers top-notch vacation deals to family and other visitors who want to visit both attractions but not pay full price.
There is a lot going on at the Strasburg Railroad and a lot of options to choose between to perfectly personalize a visit. Strasburg Railroad Thomas the Train schedules are available for July, September, and November each year. Kids can hop aboard a massive steam locomotive, enjoy a ride with Reverend W. Awdry’s world-famous Thomas the Train, and even meet a few of the best-known Thomas characters along the way. There are many things to do for kids during the adventure including many special onboard activities, including storytelling, Island of Sodor art activities, and a Thomas video. There are both regular tickets available and combination tickets. Combination tickets for the Strasburg Railroad Thomas the Train excursion include a ride with the original Strasburg Railroad and one with Thomas the Train.
Customize a trip aboard the Strasburg train by choosing between several distinct seating options for one-and-a-half hour ride to Paradise and back. The First-Class Parlor, President’s Car, and Wine & Cheese Train are deluxe cars with plenty of perks. The Coach and Open-Air Seating are often chosen by train fans seeking as authentic a train ride as possible. The last, and most popular choice is seating aboard the Lancaster, Oxford, and Southern train car originally built in 1915. Rides aboard the vintage beauty are only available when the steam locomotive is off the track in March and again in November. No matter which car you’re on, plenty of original buildings and other structures line the tracks offering a great view of some accompaniments to the tracks long ago such as the authentic switch tower.
Eating on the train is another popular choice when visiting the Strasburg Railroad. Aside from Wine & Cheese, other Pennsylvania tours and day trips include Dinner & Live Entertainment, Dinner & Murder Mystery, a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner, and a homemade Lunch Aboard the Dining Car. Plenty of Special Events make visiting the Strasburg Railroad Museum and Railway a really exciting prospect. The Antique Car Show in July, Trains & Troops in November, The Easter Bunny Train, and the Santa’s Paradise Express create many unique situations for a really special outing to the railway.