Over a hundred engines, cars and cabooses tell the story of Pennsylvania's rail history at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, in Strasburg.
Despite flooding that closed several roads, we managed to wind our way through Lancaster County Friday to the museum.
Along with the restored engines and cars that line the inside of a huge building, old rusting equipment, and even an authentic turntable, are displayed in the yard outside. The museum houses enough railroad artifacts to keep a train enthusiast enthralled for hours.
One section of the museum is dedicated to young enthusiasts. Beyond the station waiting room, with the DVD on Pennsylvania railroad history, is a room where children can look at train picture books, design Lego engines, and even deliver raw materials using a toy train set. On the opposite side of the building, a train simulator allows visitors to control the train's speed while guiding it to the station (all the while blowing the whistle at crossings).
Whether young or old, enthusiast or novice, the museum provides visitors the opportunity to travel through Pennsylvania's railroad history, and leave the museum with a personal reminder of the power of transportation--sore feet.
|Logan, using a toy engine to transport carloads of goods.
Janessa playing with toys while the aunts, uncles and grandparents wandered among restored train cars. Later Judith took the little girls home for naps.